Friday. November 13.teenth. 1840. Clear, and cool; wind rather blustering. Maria, and I walked up to fourteenth St. called on Mrs De Puy; from there went to others. Sat an hour, rode down to Broad.way and walked home. found Bell, come to spend the day, had our Turkey roasted. Mrs. De puy came to tea, Ferdinand came up, we had quite a pleasant evening. Maria came down in the afternoon, could not stay to tea, had no beau. I bought a Washington cake 3. 6_.
“Washington Cakes” have been popular up and down the east coast for hundreds of years. Both George & Martha versions come in several varieties. In the most traditional sense, “Washington Cake” is a dense, creamy fruit cake with white icing. Philadelphia-style Washington Cakes are completely unique.
Traditional recipe, courtesy of Mt. Vernon.
“Washington Cake” can also be a spice cake without fruit. This type of cake was more like gingerbread. Modernized recipe courtesy of Old Sturbridge Village.
“George Washington” cakes are all over the culinary map. Many popular versions feature cherries in some way (cake, icing, decorations, etc.). Some recipes features apples. In the 1950s-1970s there was also a George Washington brand cake mix.