Abraham Lincoln's Favorite Cake

Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr

The President's own White House Cookbook by Jones. this is a great cake i ground a cup of almonds in food processor and used 11/2 cups egg beaters egg whites (ACTUALLY IT was closer to 2 cups )this is a moist really good tasting cake and used the 1/4 c flaked almonds on top

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Beat egg whites until frothy.
  2. Add 1 cup sugar gradually until egg whites are stiff peaks.
  3. Finely chop almonds.
  4. Cream the butter and remaining 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together.
  6. Add vanilla extract and almond extract to buttermilk.
  7. Combine nuts with flour mixture.
  8. Add wet to dry by thirds.
  9. Fold beaten egg whites into batter.
  10. Place greased wax paper in tube pan.( i didnt do this but i wasnt flipping it out either ).
  11. Turn batter into a 10-inch tube pan.
  12. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 1 hour or until cake tests done.
  13. Frost with boiled icing.


Most Helpful

This is a moist and tender cake. I made a few adaptations...1 1/2 teapoons vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. I also used slivered honey almonds...using only 1 cup and reserving 1/4 cup for the topping...added 1 teaspoon cardamom and my frosting was an almond cream cheese frosting. Overall...a very nice cake! Moist and a bit of crunch with the almonds.

Vee @ Home and The Range February 13, 2013

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a