[February 12, 2013]
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MOUNT PULASKI -- No birthday would be complete
without a cake to celebrate. The Mary Todd cake, along with
party punch, was served
downstairs by courthouse volunteers.
There is a story behind the
famous cake. It is said that when Mary Todd was wooing Abraham,
she enticed him with a homemade almond cake and it became a
favorite. The original was a sheet cake with a light
dusting of powdered sugar on top.
When the Lincolns took
residency in Washington, D.C., the White House chef couldn't bear the
thought of serving such a homely-looking cake, so he prepared it as a
layer cake topped with rich frosting and berries.
At the celebration on Saturday,
the White House version was on hand for folks to see, but it was
Mary Todd's original type of cake that everyone got the chance to taste.
Pictures by Curt Fox