spice cake

1) Maybe a later version spice bread, it contained mace, cloves, nutmeg, currents and sugar.

In 1660, John Gill of York was allowed to bake spiced Cakes and none other and the Mirfield attorney John Turner occasionally bought spice cake for his sons in the 1740s. A boy accused of theft in 1721 claimed to the magistrates that he was Incouraged therto by the wife of Joseph Milns of Bradford, alehousekeeper who told him … she would give him anything that was good and accordingly did burne and sweeten his ale for him and gave him spiced Cakes and Gamon Collopps. It is on record from the sixteenth century: 1589 nowe the searchers of bakers compleaned of dyvers poore wedowes and others for bakeinge spiced cakes, York. Peter Brears lists mace, cloves, nutmeg, currents and sugar among the ingredients. The term is still commonly used for a rich mixed-fruit cake which is traditionally eaten with a crumbly cheese.

dates 1589 1660 1721 1740-1749

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