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This great cake was adapted for "The Martha Stewart Show" from a recipe written by Martha Washington.

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, December Fall 2007
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  • cakengiftsindia
    11 MAY, 2017
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  • brianaleclaire
    13 JAN, 2008
    I made this for a Twelfth Night party the night before the party. Had I waited and frosted it the next day it would have turned out fine. Unfortunately frosting it the night before and covering it made the moistness of the cake (several of my guests commented it was more the consistency of a really moist sweet bread, and less like cake) turn the meringue mushy, and cracked it. It was still delicious but the presentation wasn't what I wanted. Learn from my mistake! I would definitely make it again, though.
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  • aprilgirl
    1 JAN, 2008
    More history and recipes of Martha Wshington are n the Virginia history cookbook called CELEBRATE VIRGINIA!... It also includes Monticello and other historic site recipes from every county in the Commonwealth. This was just out in honor of Virginia 400th celebration. Find online with any bookseller.
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  • aidagar
    27 DEC, 2007
    I found the reduced size version at this website and was excited to try it and feature it at our Christmas dinner. I followed the directions meticulously and came up with a beautiful, meringue covered cake. When I cut it, what a disappointment to find the center uncooked. To save it, I removed the meringue and put it back in the oven, but of course that would not work. The flavopr is great but the cake came out like a pudding. Maybe the baking time should be increased?
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  • KimberlyCosta
    18 DEC, 2007
    When this came on my husband came and got me. Being a food historian, 18th century in particular, I was happy to see 18th century cooking come to life. But I have to say the original recipe for this cake was not written by Martha herself. It was part of a cookbook given to her by her first husband's mother (Daniel Custis) and is not in Martha's hand. The cook book also reflects 17th century foods. An excellent well documented book to read is Karen Hess' MarthaWashington's Book of Cookery.
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  • KimberlyCosta
    18 DEC, 2007
    When this came on my husband came and got me. Being a food historian, 18th century in particular, I was happy to see 18th century cooking come to life. But I have to say the original recipe for this cake was not written by Martha herself. It was part of a cookbook given to her by her first husband's mother (Daniel Custis) and is not in Martha's hand. The cook book also reflects 17th century foods. An excellent well documented book to read is Karen Hess' MarthaWashington's Book of Cookery.
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  • kathclare
    18 DEC, 2007
    the exact recipe can be found at: http://www.almanac.com/holidays/winter/greatcake.php miss-spellings and all.
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  • ennove11
    11 DEC, 2007
    It was a lot of fun to see this made in it's full glory on the show. I was curious about the full recipe too and found information about it and the reduced size recipe on the Mount Vernon website here: http://www.mountvernon.org/visit/plan/index.cfm/pid/788/ and here: http://www.mountvernon.org/visit/plan/index.cfm/pid/289/ It looks like the amounts of fruit, spices, and liquor listed in this reduced recipe are similar to those in the Mount Vernon reduced recipe.
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  • creekside
    9 DEC, 2007
    This recipe is obviously cut to 1/4 which is great, except it is not correct when it comes to the liquor, spices and fruit. Granted on the show, Martha was talking while she was adding the liquor but it sure looked like more than what she said, but it also looked like it was a whole lot more of the last one (brandy or wine)???
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  • knuckledragger
    7 DEC, 2007
    The version on the site is the reduced size version. The version demonstrated on the show today called for 40 eggs. The recipe on the site only calls for 10 eggs.
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