Martha Washington's Cake


This is a long procedure, but well worth the trouble. A great cake. Makes about 11 pounds.

10 inch tube cake


  • 2 ¾ cups golden raisins

  • 2 cups dried currants

  • 1 cup orange zest

  • 6 ounces candied lemon peel

  • ¾ cup chopped candied citron

  • cup candied angelica

  • cup red candied cherries

  • cup green candied cherries

  • ½ cup brandy

  • 4 ½ cups sifted all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon ground mace

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 2 cups butter, softened

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 10 eggs, separated

  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

  • cup sherry

  • 1 cup sherry


  1. Place raisins and currants in a bowl, and add enough water to just cover them. Soak overnight.

  2. Chop orange and lemon peel quite fine; do the same with the citron, angelica, and both types of cherries. Pour 1/2 cup brandy over fruit, and allow to stand overnight.

  3. Sift together flour, mace, and nutmeg.

  4. Beat egg yolks until thick and light, then beat in 1 cup of sugar a little at a time. Stir in lemon juice. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.

  5. In a large bowl, cream the butter, and then add 1 cup sugar a little at a time; beat until smooth. Combine yolk mixture with creamed mixture. Add flour and 1/3 cup sherry alternately to the creamed mixture. Stir in all the fruit, and fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Pour batter into a well greased and floured 10 inch mold or tube pan. This cake can also be made in 2 large loaf pans.

  6. Place a pan of hot water in the bottom of a preheated 350 degree F (175 degrees C) oven. Place cake pans in oven, and bake about 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C); continue baking 100 minutes for large cake, or 40 minutes for loaf cakes. Cakes are done when a toothpick comes out dry. Turn cake(s) out on rack to cool.

  7. Wrap cake(s) in cheesecloth soaked in sherry, and store in airtight container for a month or more. If the cheesecloth dries out in the mellowing period soak it again with the same spirits, and rewrap the cake.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

84 Calories
3g Fat
13g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 140
Calories 84
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 43mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 59mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.