Traditionally made for All Saint's or All Soul's Day, a soul cake was a small, round cake made to celebrate the dead.

The soul cakes were given to soulers, typically children or the poor, who would go door-to-door singing and praying for the dead. The exchange was in hopes that the prayers might help deceased loved ones reach an eternal resting place.

  1. 3/4 cup each: butter, fine sugar
  2. 4 cups plain flour, sifted
  3. 3 egg yolks
  4. 1 tsp each: mixed spice, allspice
  5. 3 tsp currants
  6. a little milk
  • Cream the butter and sugar together until pale in color and fluffy in texture.
  • Beat in the egg yolks, fold in the sifted flour and spices, then stir in the currants.
  • Add enough milk to make dough soft.
  • Form into flat cakes, marking each top with a cross.
  • Bake on a well-greased baking tray in a hot oven until golden.

  • This is often seen as the origin of modern day trick-or-treating.
    Source: Latta Plantation

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