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Pontefract cake Line breaks: Ponte|fract cake
Pronunciation: /ˈpɒntɪfrakt/

Definition of Pontefract cake in English:


A flat round liquorice sweet.
Example sentences
  • Another traditional British liquorice confection goes by the name of Pontefract cakes, or Yorkshire pennies, little shiny black liquorice sweets, about 2 cm in diameter, stamped with an impression of a castle and an owl.
  • The monks met a confectioner who started to produce the Pontefract cakes as sweets, which are still sold today.
  • Monkhill Confectionery in Pontefract, which produces the town's famous Pontefract cakes, employs around 500 staff.


Mid 19th century: named after Pontefract (earlier Pomfret), a town in northern England where the sweets were first made.

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