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Hartford Election Cake


  • 4 1/2 pounds of flour
  • 2 1/2 pounds of sugar
  • 2 1/4 pounds of butter
  • 1/2 ounce of nutmeg
  • 1/2 pound of sliced citron
  • 1/2 ounce of mace
  • a cupful of brandy and sherry mixed
  • 2 pounds of raisins
  • 4 eggs


At noon, or early in the afternoon, begin making this cake. Cream the butter and sugar, add a quart of lukewarm milk, half of the flour, and either a half pint of brewer's yeast or a cake and a half of compressed yeast. Beat the mixture well, cover the pan with a thick towel, and set it in a warm place to rise.

At night, when it is very light, add the flour, spices, and eggs. Set the pan in a moderately warm place for a second rising. Early next morning add the fruit, the wine, the grated peel of a lemon, and half a teaspoonful of extract of rose. Pour into pans lined with buttered paper. Let them stand an hour or until light. This receipt makes seven loaves, which require to bake from an hour to an hour and a half, according to oven.

A half teaspoonful of soda dissolved in a little warm water, and stirred into the batter just before it is put into the pans, is an improvement.


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The Century Cook Book (1901).

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