Cowboy Cake is an example of American baking deliciousness born of hard times. When cowboys moved out West, they didn't bring hens with them. Instead of eggs, they "made do by cooking down raisins into a thick syrup that magically moistens and leavens the cake without eggs and with very little fat," says Anne Byrn, author of American Cake. Mitch Mandel hide caption

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Election cake, as made by OWL Bakery in Asheville, N.C. Susannah Gebhart/Courtesy of OWL Bakery hide caption

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A History Of Election Cake And Why Bakers Want To #MakeAmericaCakeAgain

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The Oculus cake now being sold by the new caterer running the SFMOMA's upstairs cafe. The cake was inspired by the distinctive tower at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. It is similar in design and spirit to a cake prepared by Caitlin Freeman and her baking team for a museum event several years ago. (See below.) Connor Radnovich/ Courtesy of The San Francisco Chronicle hide caption

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A Lane cake is a layered sponge cake filled with a rich mixture of egg yolks, butter, sugar, raisins and whiskey and topped with boiled icing. Nadia Chaudhury for NPR hide caption

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Susan Tannewitz-Karnes grew up eating Mrs. Lawrence every Christmas. The tea cake was so beloved that Tannewitz-Karnes and her siblings would argue over who received more than their fair share. Courtesy of Susan Tannewitz-Karnes hide caption

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After The Presents, A Buttery Tea Cake Tradition

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A woman prepares a Japanese Christmas cake at the Patisserie Akira Cake shop on Dec. 23, 2011. The sponge cake is drenched in symbolic meaning. Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images hide caption

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