Arlington’s Chef Roll Created Election Cake on WTTG Fox 5
December 20, 2016
On Election Day 2016, The Art Institute of Washington’s, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, Culinary Arts Program Director Chef Michael Roll appeared on WTTG Fox 5 Good Day DC to create a replica “Election Cake.” Preparing Election Cake is a celebration of love, of patriotism, of politics and of history. In early America, the electoral process brought communities together. Families traveled from the far reaches of their region to town centers where they enjoyed a holiday – visiting neighbors’ homes, dancing at balls, drinking, carousing and eating what came to be known as Election Cake.
Early cakes were gigantic. Some recipe called for "thirty quarts of flour, ten pounds of butter, and fourteen pounds sugar. The resulting cake weighed well over 100 pounds. The cake was filled with alcohol and fruit and was created with the intention of getting men to vote.