I’ve decided to share with my readers a recipe for Election Cake that is interesting in that there are a few very old variations that have not differed too much throughout the years. The citron has been adjusted and you may use an extract in place of the pure brandy. Just add 1 teaspoon of the extract instead of the 1/4 cup of brandy.
I’m offering this recipe in honor of the upcoming U.S. elections to be held next Tuesday, November 6th. This will decide who our next President will be and will shape the course our nation will take for the next four years. Even though Election Day is not considered one of the national holidays here in America, it is a day of grave decision and reflection as Americans cast their votes. If you have a night of poll watching or an election day function to arrange perhaps this cake might be a novel treat to serve to your guests.
OLD HARTFORD ELECTION CAKE 1 Tablespoon margarine (or other shortening) 1 package regular rise yeast 1 Tablespoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups flour 1/2 cup margarine (or other shortening) 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup warm water 2 well beaten large eggs 1 teaspoon lemon rind (grated fine) 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup chopped citron 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 cup brandy (or omit and use 1 tsp. brandy extract) Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water. Add one tablespoon butter, salt, sugar and 1 1/4 cups of flour, mixing thoroughly. Set this aside in a warm place to rise overnight. Blend the 1/2 cup of margarine and cup of sugar and beat until light. Add eggs, raising, citron, lemon rind, lemon extract and juice. Sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, and nutmeg. Add this to first mixture, adding some brandy or extract slowly into mix. Combine raised dough with cake dough and pour into greased pan. Let rise in warm place for one hour or until dough, pressed with finger, indents and is risen. Bake in 350 degree oven for one hour While the cake is still warm, spread with icing made of confectioners sugar dissolved in enough warm water to make a spreading consistency. TO CELEBRATE OUR RIGHT TO VOTE!!