Election Day Cake

Recipe for Election Day Cake
Sam Jones/Quinn Brein


2 packages active dry yeast (2-1/4 teaspoons each)
1-1/2 cups warm water (110 to 115 degrees F)
1 cup plus 2 teaspoons sugar
4-1/2 cups sifted flour, divided.
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) margarine or butter
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground mace
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 eggs
2/3 cup raisins
2/3 cup currants
1/4 cup chopped candied citron
1/2 cup chopped walnuts


For cake: In a large bowl, sprinkle the yeast on the warm water; stir to dissolve. Add 2 teaspoons of sugar and 1-1⁄2 cups of flour and beat well by hand, or for 2 minutes with an electric mixer at medium speed. Cover and let rise in a warm place until bubbly, about 30 minutes. In a separate bowl, cream the margarine and 1 cup of sugar until light and fluffy. Set aside. Sift the remaining 3 cups of flour with the salt, cinnamon, cloves, mace, and nutmeg. When the yeast mixture is bubbly, add the eggs to the creamed margarine and sugar and beat well. Combine with the yeast mixture. Add the flour mixture, a little at a time, beating with a spoon after each addition. Beat until smooth.Stir in the raisins, currants, citron, and nuts. Pour into a well-greased and -floured 10-inch tube pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1⁄2 hours. Bake at 375°F for about 1 hour. Remove the cake from the oven and cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Turn onto a rack to finish cooling. While slightly warm, spread with confectioners’ sugar icing.



Makes 12 to 16 servings.


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In the ingredient list mace

In the ingredient list mace is not mentioned but in the instructions it is. How much mace is in the cake?
This sounds really yummy. kV

Thank you, Dot.  Good catch!

Thank you, Dot.  Good catch! We added the mace to the ingredient list. Note it is ¼ teaspoon ground mace and ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg.

Dear Almanac readers, Many

Dear Almanac readers, Many thanks for your comments. We updated this Election Cake recipe on November 7, 2016 and added the icing information. This recipe came from The 2009 Old Farmer’s Almanac and did not include a photo that matched the recipe. If you plan to bake this cake and wish to share a photo with the Almanac community, we will add it here with your credit. Just email us at AlmanacEditors@yankeepub.com We appreciate your interest in The Old Farmer’s Almanac and this free Web site! Happy baking, your Almanac editors