Twelfth Night Cake

Preparation info

    • Difficulty

      Easy

Appears in

The Cookery of England

The Cookery of England

By Elisabeth Ayrton

Published 1975

  • About

Twelfth Night (6 January) was the last night of the Christmas Feast and was celebrated often with a masque or a play before the work of the New Year started in earnest the next day. Traditionally, there was always a special cake, which contained a bean. Whoever got it was called King of the Bean and had good luck in the coming year. The actor Robert Baddeley, who started out as a cook, left a legacy to Drury Lane Theatre for a cake to be eaten and a Port Wine Negus drunk, every Twelfth Nigh