It has been a good few days for cakes of early medieval archaeological interest. Last week I was eating a cake which included a picture of a Thor’s hammer. This week I made a numismatic cake:
Louis the Pious temple type denier, legend “Christiana religio” – English imitation, base sponge.
The cake was made to mark Jon Jarrett’s last day at the Fitzwilliam Museum:
Jon preparing for the Divisio crustuli and the difficult question: who gets Lotharingia?
Experimentation reveals that a denier cake feeds around 12 modern people (equivalent to approximately 6 Carolingian nuns).
NB: I have not yet explored the possible options for a genuinely early medieval cake. For the early medieval jam tart, see here.