Honey, fruit, nuts, seeds, spices and cheese were common ingredients in medieval cake baking.
People enjoyed eating cake in medieval times, So cake recipes were quite common. However, medieval cakes were much plainer than what we are accustomed to eating today and therefore the recipes were fairly basic. Nevertheless, they could be quite tasty and offer a pleasant contrast the the staple medieval diet of pottage and bread. Amongst the types of cake that medieval people baked and ate were ....
Small oatcakes (usually made by many peasants) made into a type of cake by adding strong spices such as mace and cloves. It may not sound much to us but a little extra spice made for a welcome and tasty cake.
Bryndons - these were small cakes served in a rich sauce of fruit, nuts and wine.Cakes made with seeds.
Waffle type cakes made with cheese.
Gingerbread - yes, there was even a medieval gingerbread recipe using honey, breadcrumbs, ground ginger and cloves.