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Tottenham Cake


Tray-baked light sponge cake square coated in jam, desiccated coconut and violently pink icing traditionally coloured with mulberry juice.

Not at all the same thing as Tottenham Pudding

Tottenham Religious Society of Friends at www.tottenhamquakers.org.uk report that; "Ted Willis (later Lord Willis) recalls in his autobiography, "a peculiar local invention was Tottenham Cake. It consisted of a scone like base covered with lurid pink icing. It was baked in long flat trays, then cut into cubes, which retailed for a penny each. Luckily the cake was not always cut evenly or the icing uniformly spread, and the smaller defective pieces were sold off at half price. In 1901 it was given away free to local children to celebrate the Spurs first victory in the FA Cup Final. Henry Chalkley, the baker, was a Friend. The tradition of a Tottenham cake is continued today at Tottenham Friends Meeting. Now baked by Peter Brown, the pink icing is usually achieved by using mulberries off the tree in the burial ground." "

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Alex Bray... tells us that "I found some mulberry trees next to Charing Cross Station! So here are Tottenham cakes with proper London mulberries!"

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