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A picture of a sideplate holding four soul cakes: golden biscuits with crosses cut into the top. One has been broken in two, and you can see raisins in the middle. Out of focus towards the back of the picture is a small Union Jack mug.
Easy Soul Cakes Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins

These traditional English soul cakes are a cross between a scone and a biscuit - lightly spiced and filled with currants or raisins were traditionally made for All Souls' Day on the 2nd November.

Course: Baked Goods
Cuisine: Cakes & Bakes, Traditional British
Keyword: Soul Cakes
Servings: 18 Cakes
Calories: 135 kcal
Author: Helen Best-Shaw
  • 100 g butter
  • 100 g golden caster sugar
  • 2 egg yolks free range please!
  • 250 g plain flour
  • 1 pinch saffron I had run out so used turmeric for the colour
  • 1 tsp all spice
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  • 2 tbs milk
  • 50 g raisins
  1. Cut up the butter into small chunks to allow it to soften.   Turn the oven on 180C / 360F / GM 4

  2. Using an electric mixer cream the butter and sugar together in a medium sized mixing bowl until light and fluffy.  
  3. Whisk in the egg yolks.

  4. Add the flour and spices adding enough milk until you have a dough that holds together.

  5. Stir in the raisins.

  6. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roll out to about 1cm thick

  7. Bake at 180C / 360F / GM 4 for about 25 mins until golden and firm.

Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Easy Soul Cakes Recipe
Amount Per Serving (20 cakes)
Calories 135 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 37mg2%
Potassium 36mg1%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.