1931 U.S.A. Election Cake Recipe Our neighbours to the South have a Presidential election this week… So let’s harken back to Presidential elections past with this Election Cake Recipe. This is a depression era, prohibition era recipe put out by Aunt Sammy (Uncle Sam’s Wife) and the U.S. Government.

Ingredients:
Sponge:
½ yeast cake
½ cup lukewarm water
½ cup flour
½ teaspoon sugar

Rest of the cake:
½ cup butter or other fat
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
½ cup milk
2 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon cloves
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped raisins
½ cup chopped figs or dates

Method:
To make the sponge, soften the yeast in the lukewarm water, add the flour and sugar, and beat well.
Put aside in a warm place to lighten for an hour.
In the mean time mix the fat and sugar and add the beaten egg and the milk.
Sift together the flour, spices, and salt.
Then combine all the ingredients including the sponge and mix well.
Pour the batter into a well greased tube pan.
Cover and stand in a warm place to rise for 3 or 4 hours.
Bake one hour in a moderate oven (350ºF).

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8 COMMENTS

  1. So, Im dumbfounded how you cannt have access you fresh yeast, especially in Canada of all places: I'm from Denmark, and we've had fresh yeast in supermarkets since the 70s (Fresh yeast is actually so common here, it was legit difficult to find dried active yeast before covid-19, in supermarkets). The Danish company, The Danish Yeastfactories, has been supplying the Danes with their yeast for over 50 years now, and was in 2007 bought by the canadian yeast company: Lallemand Inc.
    So how on Earth can't you have access to fresh yeast? Does it have something to do with distance? That's the only reason I can think of.

  2. Yeast is alive like us. We have slowly days and days full of energy – the yeast is the same. Butter slows it down, but I wonder why you're not using hand warm milk for the yeast? Water for crispy pizza, milk for cakes.

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