Martha's Great Cake


For ingredients, please see the instructions.


Take 40 eggs and divide the whites from the yolks and beat them to a froth, start to work four pounds of butter to cream and put the whites of eggs to it a spoon full at a time till it is well worked. Then put four pounds of sugar finely powdered to it in the same way, then put in the yolks of eggs, and five pounds of flower, and five pounds of fruit. Two hours will bake it. Add to it half an ounce of mace, one nutmeg, half a pint of wine, and some French brandy.

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This seems to be a fruitcake recipe, and for more than one cake. Lady sure knew how to entertain...

Has anyone tried this yet??

Is there an Almanac kitchen?? Has this recipe been test baked?? Curious, but that's a LOT of ingredients if it's awful. . . . just sayin'! Eggs ain't free . . .


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We’ve presented this recipe precisely as Martha Washington wrote it, for authenticity’s sake. However, it is certainly not your average cake! Here’s a more realistic version of the recipe, courtesy of the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant: Martha’s Great Cake.