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Duckie 04-06-2005 04:24 PM

Mary Todd Lincoln's Vanilla-Almond Cake
Mary Todd Lincoln's Vanilla-Almond Cake
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups sifted cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/3 cups milk
1 cup almonds, finely chopped
6 egg whites, stiffly beaten
White Frosting

Cream together sugar, butter, and vanilla extract.

Stir together the cake flour and baking powder; add to creamed mixture
alternately with milk. Stir in almonds. Gently fold in the egg whites.
Pour into two greased and lightly floured 9 x 1 1/2-inch round baking
pans. Bake at 375 degrees F for 28 to 30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes;
remove from pans. Fill and frost with White Frosting.

White Frosting: In a saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar, 1/3 cup water, 1/4
teaspoon cream of tartar and dash salt. Bring mixture to boiling,
stirring until the sugar dissolves.

In mixing bowl place 2 egg whites; very slowly pour the hot sugar
syrup over, beating constantly with electric mixer until stiff peaks
form, about 7 minutes. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

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