Pepys’s Cake

For my foodie pastry friends, here is the ultimate cake challenge. It is not actually Pepys’s cake, but taken from a cookbook contemporary with Pepys’s famous diary (1660s England). Warning: The ingredients list includes live snakes, frogs, and birds for various hidden compartments of this sprawling confection.

pepyss-cake

Ref: Jonathan Bastable, Inside Pepys London (David and Charles, 2011)

 

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