What is a soul cake made of? The cakes are usually filled with allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger or other sweet spices, raisins or currants, and before baking are topped with the mark of a cross to signify that these were alms.
What are soul cakes used for? They were used to pay the beggars who came around on All Souls’ Eve and offered to say prayers for the family’s departed. One cake given, one soul saved — cheap at the price. Elsewhere, they were given to the costumed entertainers known as mummers, who made their merry rounds at Halloween.
What are Spirit cakes? Around the time of Halloween, families in the medieval period traditionally made soul cakes in remembrance of the dead. Children and poor people would go from door to door, singing or praying and receiving a soul cake in return. The custom was known as souling and the cakes were sometimes known as souls.
What is a soul cookie? Soul cakes are traditional English sweet cookies with raisins that are made for Samhain or Halloween, All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Traditional soul cakes are sweet round cookies with cross on top, filled with raisins and a touch of spices.