from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cake of sweetened bread formerly distributed at church doors on All Souls' day. See soul-paper.
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The name "soul-cake" of course suggests that the cakes were in some way associated with the departed, whether given as a reward for prayers for souls in Purgatory, or as a charity for the benefit of the "poor souls," or baked that the dead might feast upon them. [