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The Secret English Spice Cake

I’ve come up with a recipe that approximates the a spice cake my father enjoyed very much, and believe it is part of the English and Irish traditions of spice cakes preserved in his family line back to the late 1600s and early 1700s.  The cake was served on Easter Sunday to break the fast of Lent that included things like fat and sugar,  and it was enjoyed on Easter Monday as well.  That holiday is not celebrated as much now as in the first half of the 20th Century. The recipe can be modified to your liking and the link includes photos and the history of the cake as well.  It reminds me of gingerbread with raisins and Spanish bar cakes you can barely find at the grocery any longer.

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