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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2021 9:23 p.m. PST

"Many cookbooks include a recipe for Election Cake. What is it? The hallmark of an election cake recipe is the enormous batch size. Some of the finished cakes weighed over 10 pounds. In the 1700s, Election Cake was a yeast leavened cake with prunes or other dried fruits, intended to feed dozens of people. Sometimes they were made of soft gingerbread. Regardless of the ingredients, Election Cake was frequently served with cider.

Election Cake seems to be derived from "Muster Cake." In the late 1600s and throughout the 1700s, some men were expected to attend military musters for training and were supplied with cake and cider as a reward. In the late 1700s, Election Day was new and a day of celebration. Eligible men who made the trek out to vote were given cake, cider, and alcohol outside of the polls and at parties…"


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stecal Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2021 8:01 a.m. PST

neat. I'll have to try baking this. Her recipe left out the allspice for some reason that was in the original Amelia Simmons 1796 recipe.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2021 10:54 a.m. PST



dantheman Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2021 1:32 p.m. PST

Why is there no allspice? Couldn't see why the modern recipe excluded it.

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