Soul Cakes

Modern day trick-or-treating is believed to have originated from a centuries-old custom called “souling.” During the 11th century, individuals would go door to door praying for the family’s dearly departed in exchange for soul cakes.

Bring a little history to your next Halloween party or prepare something different for your trick or treaters with this soul cake recipe.


2 sticks of butter
3 3/4 cups sifted flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 eggs
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
powdered sugar


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut the butter into the flour with a fork. Add the sugar, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and nutmeg.

Beat the eggs in a separate bowl, then add the vinegar to the eggs. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and beat until a stiff dough forms.

Knead and roll out, about a quarter inch thick. Use the lip of a drinking glass to cut the dough into rounds and set them on a greased baking sheet. Prick the top of the cakes with a fork.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Let these soul cakes cool and then sprinkle with powdered sugar. Enjoy!

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  1. This recipe is gross! The texture is just awful, and although the dough tasted great, once baked it was very bland. Quite the disappointment.

  2. I thought Soul Cakes had currents or raisins as an ingredient?

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