Presidential Favorite Desserts

February 19th, 2018 by Desiree Smith

02.19.18 Presidential Cover


It’s President’s Day, time to honor past leaders of the United States. Typical presidential trivia might include birthplace, important legislation passed, and even their beloved pets, but did you know that almost all of our presidents had a sweet tooth? Check out the favorite desserts of some of our former Commanders-in-Chief.

George Washington


George Washington loved his wife Martha’s Great Cake, made with fruit and spices. Wilton has its own great cake made with lemon, thyme and grapes!

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02.19.18 Great Cake

john Adams and Thomas Jefferson


02.19.18 Apple Pie


John Adams was partial to Abigail Adams’ Apple Pan Dowdy , not too dissimilar from our Apple Pie with Fringe Crust. Top it off with Thomas Jefferson’s favorite – his homemade vanilla ice cream!

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james Madison

Founding Father James Madison was a fan of his beloved Dolley Madison’s gingerbread. Take a look at our version, the Gingerbread Cake!

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02.19.18 Gingerbread


Andrew Jackson

Rachel Jackson’s burnt custard was a favorite of her husband, President Andrew Jackson. We’ve put custard into cupcake form with these creamy vanilla custard cupcakes!  

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02.19.18 Custard Cupcakes


William Henry Harrison


02.19.18 Pound Cake

President William Henry Harrison wasn’t in office long, but it’s said to have served pound cake at his inauguration – check out our classic recipe!

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Franklin Pierce

New Hampshire Fried Pies, small fried pastries filled with fruit, were a favorite of Franklin Pierce. At Wilton, we have our own version, mini apple pie cookies!

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02.19.18 Apple Pie Cookies



abraham Lincoln


02.19.18 Classic White Cake

Honest Abe, also known as Abraham Lincoln, was known to be particularly fond of his wife Mary Todd’s white cake.

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Rutherford B. Hayes


02.19.18 Coconut Pancakes

Cornmeal Battercakes were a favorite of Rutherford B. Hayes. We here at Wilton prefer our pancakes a little sweeter, like our Coconut Caramel Pancakes recipe!

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Chester A. Arthur & Grover Cleveland

Things got a little sinful in Chester A Arthur’s kitchen, as his favorite dessert was Devil’s Food Cake. President Grover Cleveland kept it sweet with Snickerdoodle Cookies.

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02.19.18 Snickerdoodle Cookie


Theodore Roosevelt & WIlliam Howard Taft


02.19.18 Pumpkin PIe

Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt sunk his teeth into Fat Rascals, a relative of a scone, and William Howard Taft preferred pumpkin pie to satisfy his sweet tooth.

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warren g. harding

President Warren G. Harding was known to snack on almond cookies. Check out our gluten-free almond cookie recipe below!

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02.19.18 Almond Cookies


Herbert hoover


02.19.18 Peach pie


Herbert Hoover was a fan of his Grandma Hoover’s famous Cream Peach Pie.

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lyndon b. johnson

Another fan of Southern style sweets, Lyndon B. Johnson was partial to pecan pie.

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02.19.18 Pecan Pie




02.19.18 peanut-butter-pie


39th U.S. President Jimmy Carter loved Rosalyn Carter’s Peanut Butter Pie. We took this delectable dessert and put it into mini, bite sized portions.

Try Wilton’s Peanut Butter Pie Bites 


george h. w. bush & bill clinton

Both Republican President George H. W. Bush and Democratic President Bill Clinton preferred the classic chocolate chip cookie when they had a craving for something sweet.

Try our Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe

02.19.18 Chocolate Chip cookies


barack obama


02.19.18 Coconut Pie


Our most recent president, Barack Obama, suits his fancy with crustless coconut pie. We have our own version of the nation’s first African American President’s favorite dessert: a light and refreshing Key Lime Coconut Pie, perfect for summer parties and BBQs.

Wilton’s Key Lime Coconut Pie

Desiree Smith Desiree is the Public Relations Manager at Wilton. She spends her days monitoring media opportunities, working with newspaper, magazine and television contacts, collaborating with bloggers and handling a variety of other odds and ends. Desiree has a degree in journalism and experience writing for newspapers and television. Outside of Wilton, she enjoys running and planning outings with friends.

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