Elaborate window displays for Twelfth-day cakes in bakeries and confectioneries, like this 1836 image, showed off a huge cake "on large and massy salvers" with many other sizes at the window and on shelves, lit by "argand-lamps and manifold wax-lights."
"The celebration of Twelfth-Day with the costly and elegant Twelfth-cake has much declined within the last half-century. Formerly, in London, the confectioners’ shops on this day were entirely filled with Twelfth-cakes, ranging in price from several guineas to a few shillings; the shops were tastefully illuminated, and decorated with artistic models, transparencies, &c. We remember to have seen a huge Twelfth-cake in the form of a fortress, with sentinels and flags; the cake being so large as to fill two ovens in baking.
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Other posts on Twelfth Night cakes, pranks (include full images with the pinning), even a folded napkin HERE
Jan 6 Wed 6-8 A Virtual Twelfth Night with Crailo and Schuyler Mansion. Crailo State Historic Site NY HERE TAPE may be HERE
Jan 9 Sat 7pm (or at your time) Virtual Twelfth Night Celebration with Colonial Treats To Go. 18th cen music, history, rum punch. Fort Ligonier $15-45 HERE
Chambers, Robert. The Book of Days. 1862 last writeup, images: large cake with figures, Birch store front
Cruikshank, George. The Comic Almanack. Jan 1841 5th image with 5 people pinned together
Goodrich, Samuel G. The Every day book for youth by Peter Parley. 1834 - 8th image
Hervey, Thomas Kibble. Book of Christmas. London: 1836 1st image
Hone, William. The Every-day Book. London: 1826 - 1st section writeup & 7th image
Langley & Co, in London in 1818. Museum of the Home (Geffrye Museum Collection) London - color image
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