Abraham Lincoln Election Cake

Only a few more days until election day! The drama will be over. Or, will it only just begin. Either way, the Abraham Lincoln Election Cake may be just the thing to get us through it all.

The recipe was collected by my mother or grandmother without any history. Whether Mary Todd made one for Abe or perhaps a baker wanted to commemorate the day, this is a tasty and fun way to watch the votes come in. Savourer!

Abraham Lincoln Election Cake

Ingredients List

  • 1 cup currants, soaked overnight in 1/2 cup brandy (use closed container)
  • 1 T sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk, scalded
  • 1 yeast cake
  • 1/4 c warm water
  • 1 c unsifted flour
  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 3/4 C sifted flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp mace
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp grated lemon rind
  • 2 tsp lemon juice


  1. Add 1 tablespoon sugar to the scalded milk
  2. Cool the scalded milk
  3. Dissolve the crumbled yeast in the warm water and add to the milk
  4. Add the unsifted flour and beat until well blended
  5. Let rise in warm place until it has doubled in bulk (About 1 hour)
  6. Cream butter and sugar until very light
  7. Sift together flour, salt, mace and cinnamon
  8. Add egg to creamed mixture and beat until light
  9. Stir in lemon rind and lemon juice
  10. Add yeast mixture, beat
  11. Add drained currants, retain brandy
  12. Sift remaining flour and add to batter
  13. Add brandy and beat well
  14. Place better in well-greased loaf pan (9″ X 5″)
  15. Clover with cloth and place in a warm place
  16. Batter will rise until it doubles in size. May take 4-6 hours as batter rises slowly.
  17. Bake for 45 minutes at 375 degrees
  18. Cool briefly and remove from pan
  19. Decorate with orange or lemon glaze. (Juice, rind and powered sugar)



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