Wednesday, January 4, 2023
Twelfth Night Cake period images
“We give a representation of the Twelfth Cake prepared for her Majesty, which graced the Royal table at Windsor Castle on Saturday last (Twelfth Night).
This superb Cake was designed and carried out by her Majesty's confectioner, Mr. Mawditt. The Cake was of regal dimensions, being about 30 inches in diameter, and tall in proportion: round the side the decorations consisted of strips of gilded paper, bowing outwards near the top, issuing from an elegant gold bordering. The figures, of which there were sixteen, on the top of the Cake, represented a party of beaux and belles of the last century enjoying a repast al fresco, under some trees; whilst others, and some children, were dancing to minstrel strains.
The repast, spread on the ground, with its full complemens of comestibles, decanters, and wine-glasses (the latter, by the way, not sugar glasses, but real brittle ware), was admirably modelled, as were also the figures, servants being represented handing refreshments to some of the gentlemen and ladies, whilst some of the companions of the latter were dancing. The violinist and harpist seemed to be thoroughly impressed with the importance of their functions, and their characteristic attitudes were cleverly given. As a specimen of fancy workmanship, the ornaments to the cake do credit to the skill of Mr. Mawditt, the Royal confiseur.”
The Queen's Twelfth Cake. Illustrated London News. Jan. 13, 1849
Jan 5 Thu 2 Twelfth Night Revelry, Fun and Food: A Twelfth Night. Paul Couchman. The Regency Cook £12.50 HERE
TWELFTH NIGHT INFO FROM PAST BLOG POSTS --
Twelfth Night cakes in shop windows. Small cakes to “cake being so large as to fill two ovens in baking” and all lit by "argand-lamps and manifold wax-lights." HERE
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Twelfth Night. Zach Lemhouse, Janet Puckett Wade. Lunch & Learn. Charlotte Museum of History. Jan 6, 2021 HERE
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