“Soul, Soul, a soul cake! I pray thee, good missus, a soul cake! One for Peter, two for Paul, three for Him what made us all! Soul Cake, soul cake, please good missus, a soul cake. An apple, a pear, a plum, or a cherry, any good thing to make us all merry. One for Peter, two for Paul, & three for Him who made us all.”
During the Middle Ages in England, on the night before All Saints Day, or Hallowmas, peasants and children called “soulers” would go about town singing and praying for the souls of the dead. They would stop at homes and beg for a “soul cake” and promise in return to pray for the household’s deceased family members to be released from purgatory. If homeowners did not give out cakes it was believed their home would be cursed. And this my friends is thought to be the origination of trick or treating. There are many recipes for soul cakes from a small round cake to a doughnut shaped treat. Some variations include cutting a cross on the top or adding raisins. It seems that the recipes developed over time and region.
For the ingredients, please go to https://catholiccuisine.blogspot.com/2011/10/soul-cakes-original-halloween-treat.html?m=1
If you would like to bake soul cakes and donate them for our Trunk or Treat event, please drop them off between October 24-25th from 5-9 pm at The Annex property. We appreciate all your generosity!