Soul cakes come from the Celtic festival of Samhain, more commonly known today as All Hallows Eve. Soul cakes were baked and left on the porch with a glass of milk or wine, for the dearly departed. On All Hallows day Nov 1, traditionally children and the poor, would perform, sing, or pray for the dead to earn the treat of the Soul cake. Which evolved into the modern day version of trick or treating.
made these today for samhain celebrations later tonight..look fantastic and cant wait to try them at supper as we are pagan . - 31 Oct 2016 (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)
These turned out quite well! They are nice and buttery, but are more like a cross between a biscuit and a scone. A great way to use left over dried fruit from making my christmas cake. - 12 Nov 2010 (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)