Revelers at 1860 Period Ball at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Celebrate Lincoln’s 200th With Eli’s Cheesecake

Eli’s Cheesecake created a 42 inch, 250 pound apple cinnamon cheesecake for the 1860 Period Ball at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, a tribute to Lincoln’s love of apples, topped with an exact edible replica of Lincoln’s Springfield home, the only home he ever owned. Eli’s Master Pastry Chef Laurel Boger consulted actual architectural drawings and photos from all angles to create the two-story t-shaped colonial with green shutters, made of gingerbread, fondant, chocolate and royal icing.

The mind boggling grocery list included: 60 pounds of cream cheese, 40 cups of sugar, 30 cups of sour cream, 6 dozen eggs, 24 cups of flour, 40 cups of butter, 10 tablespoons of vanilla, 50 pounds of Michigan apples, 20 cups of brown sugar, and 12 tablespoons of cinnamon, 20 pounds of gingerbread. The cake served more than 400 guests, and was on display in the Lincoln Presidential Museum’s Rotunda.The Big Cake!