November 4th, 2008! My first and most emphatic statement of the day is the following:
It made me wonder: are there other ways elections and baking are connected? Surely election days have played a role within the vast history of baking. Any public event where people come together for a common purpose must — because people love to eat, especially with each other! — have its special food traditions.
I discovered that there is in fact a certain type of cake with deep roots in New England known as “election cake.” How I wish I had discovered this on Friday so I could have tried my hand at baking it and brought one to the bake sale this morning. I dug up some 19th century historical accounts describing the role of this cake:
From History of the Colony of New Haven Before and After the Union with Connecticut by Edward Rodolphus Lambert, 1838:
From History of the Colony of New Haven to Its Absorption Into Connecticut by Edward Elias Atwater, 1881:
From The Modern Flour Confectioner by Robert Wells, 1891: