A cake made from flour other than the customary sort, from 'batty' flour. The word may come from the Sanskrit bhakta, meaning grain-meal or rice, and in this sense seems to predate the word 'batty' to mean 'odd' or 'silly'.
The name has been applied in the USA to pancakes made from yellow cornmeal.
Thomas Hardy's 'Far From the Madding Crowd' has; "I went to Riggs's batty-cake shop, and asked 'em for a penneth of the cheapest and nicest stales, that were all but blue-mouldy, but not quite.", which FO Saxelby's 'Thomas Hardy Dictionary' of 1911 says was a shop in Bath.
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