All Souls’ Day



Soul Cake?

Soul Cake, A soul Cake,

Please good mistress, a soul cake…




Apple, Pear, Plum, Cherry

An apple a pear, a plum, a cherry,

Any good thing to make us all merry!



Butter, egg yolk, flour, mixed spice

Down into the cellar,
And see what you can find,
If the barrels are not empty,
We hope you will prove kind.






We hope you will prove kind,
With your apples and strong beer,
And we’ll come no more a-souling
Till this time next year.



Little Soul Cakes

The lanes are very dirty,
My shoes are very thin,
I’ve got a little pocket
To put a penny in.



A Penny and a Soul Cake

If you haven’t got a penny,
A ha’penny will do ;
If you haven’t got a ha’penny,
Then God bless you!


Click Here for the Wiki entry on Soul Cakes.

Click here for a rendition of the Soul Cake song by Sting (though he transposes the time to Christmas)

Click here for the Soul Cake recipe that Jane used!







8 thoughts on “All Souls’ Day

  1. This is an incredibly rich look into the life at Quimper Street, destination Hitty Household. The link to the song, and that rendition is more than ethereal. And the prompting of that little recipe card has started out my day thinking of Soul Cakes. I’d never heard of them before. Thank you.

  2. Honestly, on viewing this delightful story, it brought me back to the 60’s, listening to Peter, Paul and Mary singing this folk song. I was humming it in my mind as I viewed your wonderful photos. The way the Hitty’s illustrated the song with their baking was adorable. (No one does it like you do.)

  3. Lovely and I so enjoyed the link to Sting’s interpretation of this old song. He is one of my favorite artists. Your photos and story are a delight!

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