Happy Birthday Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, our only president to be elected to office four times, was born on a cold night in January 30, 1882.

Throughout his life, FDR brought devoted friends and family together to celebrate his birthday.  Furthermore, happy birthday celebrations served as occasions to raise money to fight against polio.  The National Committee for Birthday Balls was created to raise money for the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation by holding dances in every town throughout the nation.

Coffeesnobology discovered Franklin Roosevelt’s Chocolate Birthday Cake, and you guessed it—the recipe calls for coffee.
1-cup butter
1 ½ cup sugar
3 eggs, well beaten
1-cup cold coffee
2 cups flour
½ cup cocoa
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. Baking soda
1 Tablespoon vinegar
Cream butter; add sugar, a little at a time.  Beat eggs and add to sugar/butter mixture.  Sift flour with salt, soda and cocoa together (3 times).  Add mixture to batter alternating with coffee.  Add vinegar and vanilla, mix well.
Bake in 9-inch pan for 25 to 30 minutes at 350.



This Coffeesnobology writer has been too busy enjoying this beautiful day and drinking coffee at my favorite coffeehoouse to bake FDR’s cake–but check in tomorrow for an update.


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4 Responses to “Happy Birthday Franklin D. Roosevelt”

  1. Katharine Lehmkuhl Says:

    I will look forward to a complete and unbiased review.

  2. Lynn Says:

    Ooooh, the pressure is now on for me to get to the store and purchase the eggs.

  3. Sue @ All About Food Says:

    This cake sounds decadent. Can’t beat the combination of chocolate and coffee!

    • coffeesnobology Says:

      In this case, looks are a bit deceiving. FDR’s birthday cake was a bit dry as I later had to confess. Double Chocolate Espresso Cookies that was featured for Bake Cookies Day were decadent, however..

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