from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cake of sweetened bread formerly distributed at church doors on All Souls' day. See soul-paper.


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  • The name "soul-cake" of course suggests that the cakes were in some way associated with the departed, whether given as a reward for prayers for souls in Purgatory, or as a charity for the benefit of the "poor souls," or baked that the dead might feast upon them. [

    Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan


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  • Our sins do a burdensome toll take.
    While prayer and works on the whole make
    Our vile purgatory
    A less lengthy story
    The ticket to heaven's the soul-cake.

    Compare dumb-cake.

    November 2, 2016