“Pat-a-cake” is one of the oldest and most widely known surviving English nursery rhymes, as well as a clapping game and a singing game. The first recorded version appears in “The Campaigners”, a play written by Thomas D’Urfey in 1698, where the lyrics of the rhyme are sung by a nurse. The next appearance is in “Mother Goose’s Melody” (c. 1765).
Marking pastry or baked goods with an identifiable mark may stem from a time when households that did not own an oven of their own could have brought their items to a local baker or bake house. Marking the pastry would have been a way to ensure the return of the proper item.
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Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man.
Bake me a cake as fast as you can
Pat it and roll it and mark it with a “B”
And put it in the oven for baby and me!
For baby and me, for baby and me,
and put it in the oven for baby and me.
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