This Story Behind Soul Cake Will Haunt You Forever!

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Soul CAKEHappy Halloween my ghostly explores, I hope I will not scary you today with this spooky but tasty story about a Halloween treat, people around the world consume on All hallows Eve.

I will even give you a link to a very good site for the recipe, so you can try this tasty Halloween snack and you can let all my fellow explores know you baked the recipe by tagging Mykey Explores #MEbakingsoulcake.

A soul cake is a small round cake which is traditionally made for All Hallows’ Eve, All Saints Day and All Souls Day to commemorate the dead in the Christian tradition. The cakes, often simply referred to as souls, are given out to soulers (mainly consisting of children and the poor) who go from door to door during the days of Allhallowtide singing and saying prayers “for the souls of the givers and their friends”.

The practice in England dates to the medieval period, and was continued there until the 1930s, by both Protestant and Catholic Christians. The practice of giving and eating soul cakes continues in some countries today, such as Portugal (where it is known as Pão-por-Deus), and in other countries, it is seen as the origin of the practice of trick-or-treating. In Lancashire and in the North-east of England they are also known as Harcakes. In the United States, some churches, during Allhallowtide, have invited people to come receive sweets from them and have offered “pray for the souls of their friends, relatives or even pets” as they do so.

The cakes were usually filled with allspicenutmegcinnamonginger or other sweet spices, raisins or currants, and before baking were topped with the mark of a cross to signify that these were alms. They were traditionally set out with glasses of wine on All Hallows’ Eve as an offering for the dead, and on All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day children would go “souling”, or ritually begging for cakes door to door. In 1891, Rev. M. P. Holme of Tattenhall, Cheshire, collected the song traditionally sung during souling, from a little girl at the local school. Two years later, the text and tune were published by folklorist Lucy Broadwood, who commented that souling was still practised at that time in Cheshire and Shropshire. Further recordings of the traditional soul-cake song were collected in various parts of England until the 1950s. Versions collected later may have been influenced by folk revival recordings of the song by such groups as The Watersons.

Soul Cake Song

Wondering how you can make this delicious snack this Halloween, Oakden can show everything you need to know and also gives you some tasting notes too. Soul Cake recipe from Oakden

Happy Halloween from Mykey Explores and hope you will have enjoyable time trick and treating around the world and I love to see your creations you have made yourself, just find Mykey Explores on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see behind the scenes stuff and also that the place where you can share you creations using the #MEbakingsoulcake

Boo for now

Mike

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