Mary Todd Lincoln’s Vanilla Almond Cake

In honor of Presidents’ Day…

Courtesy of Cakespy.com

Abraham Lincoln / Mary Todd Lincoln’s Vanilla-Almond Cake: It’s said that this is the one Mary made when courting Lincoln in the early days.
Since they both met and later married during the holiday season–not to mention that Honest Abe declared it to be the best cake he’d ever tasted– we figure it’s a good holiday offering to represent Lincoln’s era.
While the cake itself is good–dense, slightly nutty, and plenty buttery–we’re not so sure about its aphrodisiac powers. We made our cake in just one layer, not two; all the more frosting to glaze on over it all. 

Mary Todd Lincoln’s Vanilla-Almond Cake (via Recipe Goldmine)
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 1 cup almonds, finely chopped
  • 6 egg whites, stiffly beaten
  • White Frosting
  1. Cream together sugar, butter, and vanilla extract.
  2. Stir together the cake flour and baking powder; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Stir in almonds.
  3. Gently fold in the egg whites.
  4. Pour into two greased and lightly floured 9 x 1 1/2-inch round baking pans.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees F for 28 to 30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans. Fill and frost with White Frosting.
White Frosting: In a saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar, 1/3 cup water, 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar and dash salt. Bring mixture to boiling, stirring until the sugar dissolves. 

In mixing bowl place 2 egg whites; very slowly pour the hot sugar syrup over, beating constantly with electric mixer until stiff peaks form, about 7 minutes. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Recipe and information courtesy of Cakespy.


Andrew Jackson is from my home state of Tennessee.


His beautiful home, The Hermitage, is located in Nashville.  As a 7th grader, my whole school class made a trip to visit the Hermitage.
Since opening as a museum in 1889, approximately 16 million people from around the world have toured the Hermitage mansion, which historians consider the best-preserved early U.S. presidential home.
Misc fact from The Hermitage website: Andrew Jackson was the only President in American History to pay off the national debt and leave office with the country in the black.
Information from the Hermitage website.




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2 responses to “Mary Todd Lincoln’s Vanilla Almond Cake

  1. This looks so delicious, I wish I was a better cook, I’d so give making this a shot.

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