Lafayette Gingerbread Cake

Lafayette gingerbread cake

Lafayette Gingerbread Cake

According to tradition, this gingerbread cake was made in the 1780s by George Washington's mother for General Lafayette.Ingalls Photography

George Washington's mother may have served this spicy, buttery, raisin-spiked gingerbread cake to her son's lieutenant general (and the dessert's namesake), the Marquis de Lafayette in the 1780s, but we first baked a version of it in SAVEUR No. 9 (Nov/Dec 1995). Most recently, it ran in our Jan/Feb 2014 SAVEUR 100 issue with the article 20 Years of SAVEUR: Gingerbread Dreams.