Soul Cakes

Youngest son and I made soul cakes today, to take to the World History Grab Bag class that I teach on Mondays with our local homeschool group. We’ll be discussing the history and traditions of Halloween, so it seemed like a great time to get into the kitchen and try out a new (to us) recipe.


We followed the recipe here:, give or take a couple of tweaks. I don’t know why, but I can never follow a recipe exactly as it’s written! I always have to add or change something, however small, to make it our own. With this one, we used a bit more cinnamon than it called for, and left out the All Spice and raisins.


My son had fun pouring in the flour, sugar, and spices and mixing it all together.


I enjoyed working the softened butter into the dry ingredients. There’s something satisfying about using your (clean) hands to incorporate ingredients. 🙂



Rolling and cutting out the cakes was fun too. If you don’t have a cookie cutter, a small glass works great!


We popped them on the parchment-lined baking sheet and into the oven for about 12 minutes.


And then we tried one, right from the oven. They are really good, and the apple cider vinegar gives it more of an apple-y flavor than a vinegar flavor, for which we were thankful. 🙂

I hope the kids in class tomorrow like the soul cakes as much as we do.  And I hope they are as happy to learn about Samhain, All Souls Day, and the history of Halloween (including the history of Halloween food), as I have been to put the lesson plan together.

So what have you been working on in your homeschool kitchen lately?



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