Soul Stoppers

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.

Soul Stoppers

Share your own Soul Stopper

If you come up with a soul-stopping soul cake idea, share yours via the form below, or you can email researcher Barbara Ravelhofer (barbara.ravelhofer@durham.ac.uk). Tweet via #SoulCakeBake

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