Back in 1857, the year President James Buchanan was inaugurated after campaigning against the first Republican candidate to run for that office and way before women were allowed to vote, a recipe for "Election Cake" was sweeping the nation.
The recipe was part of a recipe book published that year called The Cake Baker.
Actually “Election Cake” had been around in one form or another since the Revolutionary War when it was often referred to as “Muster Cake” due to its use in fueling militia training exercises in pre-Revolutionary New England.
Who knows, maybe even Hamilton partook of it.
The 1857 recipe, published alongside other popular confections of the day such as macaroons, wine cake, drop cake, ginger nuts, and jumbles called for 15 pounds of ingredients.
Following it today would take a lot of research. For example, what is a gill? A saleratus? Soft dough? Or level of “heat, 4”?
And who cares?
Apparently, a lot of people.
Surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly), "Election Cake" is trending on social media. Check out #MakeAmericaCakeAgain or Google "Election Cake."
It seems fitting with Trump's "Make America Great Again" and Hillary's noted disdain for baking that we try to find something sweet in all the chaos.
If you want to try your hand at making your own "Election Cake" you probably should have started yesterday but there are a number of recipes out there besides the original.
Some are easier than others. Or check out this one from the Washington Post.
No matter if your candidate wins or loses, cake will make you feel better.
So America, in the famous words of Marie Antoinette:
"Qu'ils mangent de la brioche"
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