A very Happy Twelfth Night to everyone! Today marks the last of the Twelve Days of Christmas. I won’t be eating a Twelfth Cake tonight as I think I have had quite enough cake of various sorts over the last twelve days but I do like the sound of the French tradition of eating the galette de rois, a large round pastry filled with almond paste, that you share with family and friends.
In the green room at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, the cast will be cutting the Baddeley Cake tonight. Robert Baddeley, a comic actor, died in 1794 and left £100 in his will, invested at 3% per annum, to provide a Twelfth Cake for his fellow actors. The sum also very thoughtfully covered the provision of wine to accompany the cake. The first Baddeley Cake was cut on Wednesday 6th January 1796, making the ceremony perhaps the oldest theatrical tradition still observed today. There are some splendid photos of the different Baddelely cakes here!