Hevva Cake by rubyshepherd

Hevva Cake

Heavy cake or Hevva cake (Cornish: Hevva) is a cake made from flour, lard, butter, milk, sugar and raisins that originated in Cornwall.

Its name is derived from the pilchard industry in Cornwall prior to the 20th century when a 'huer' (cliff top lookout) helped locate shoals of fish. The huer would shout 'Hevva!, Hevva!' to alert the boats to the location of the pilchard shoals. Cornish tradition states that Hevva cake was baked by the huers on their return to their homes, the cake being ready by the time the crews returned to land.
The cakes are about 1/2", with a criss-cross pattern scored across the top, representing the fishing nets.
I will be in Cornwall next month and will look out for this - sounds very tasty and I love your image!
September 6th, 2016  
Sounds great! Love to get that recipe and try it! Where will I find some lard!!
September 6th, 2016  
@megpicatilly Which part of Cornwall Catherine? If you're down in the far southwest you'll have to say hello!
September 6th, 2016  
@maggiemae Hmm lard... doesn't appeal to me. My sister had some and said it was lovely!
September 6th, 2016  
Super POV and focus!
September 7th, 2016  
@leananiemand Thank you Leana :)
September 7th, 2016  
Thank you so much for posting this! When I visited Cornwall I made a big effort to try to local food, and have an even more special effort to try local desserts. Any suggestions of where to find a recipe?
September 13th, 2016  
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