Note: Tomorrow is the inauguration and there has been a lot of discussion and reflection about President Abraham Lincoln. President Lincoln is special to our family because my husband (and boys) are related to him through my MIL's side of the family. Big Guy was named after President Lincoln's wife's maiden name, Todd. In honor of her today's recipe is Mary Todd's white cake. Mary Todd baked the white cake for Abraham Lincoln when they were courting and continued baking it when she became First Lady.
Mary Todd Lincoln's White Cake
1 cup blanched almonds, chopped in a food processor until they resemble a coarse flour
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
3 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk
6 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a bundt cake pan. Cream butter and sugar. Sift flour and baking powder 3 times. Add to creamed butter and sugar, alternating with milk. Stir in almonds and beat well. Beat egg whites until stiff and fold into the batter. Stir in vanilla extract.
Pour into prepared pan and bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Turn out on a wire rack and cool. When cool, sift confectioners sugar over top.
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