Minnehaha cake was named after the fictional princess in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's famous 1855 poem Song of Hiawatha. By the late 1800s, newspapers and cookbooks all across the country were publishing recipes for this popular special-occasion dessert. The cake is traditionally a three-layered affair filled with raisins and almonds and topped with a burnt sugar frosting.
Why This Recipe Works
Minnehaha Cake is traditionally a three-layered affair filled with raisins and almonds and topped with a burnt-sugar frosting. While testing recipes, we found that monitoring the temperature of the frosting is key, so we needed to use a candy thermometer.