Versions of ‘soul cakes’ can be found across Europe, but the tradition of ‘Souling’ – where the poor put on short musical or dramatic shows in return for cakes – was chiefly known in northern and western England. There was considerable regional variation in the practice.
To help ‘soul cakes’ to rise again, we held a Great Northern Soul Cake Bake in 2018, which invited bakers to take on the technical challenge or give the historic recipe a new twist fit for the region. Here’s what some of them came up with. You’re still welcome to submit your own ideas for publication on this website, via the form below.