The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft: The Complete A-Z for the Entire Magical World - Judika Illes 2005
Cakes and Ale, Cakes and Wine
Food and Drink
“Cakes and ale” or “cakes and wine” names food and drink, but they also name a Wiccan and Neo-Pagan sacrament. Many covens traditionally conclude circles and other rituals with the ritual of cakes-and-wine or cakes-and-ale. Food and beverages are blessed by the High Priestess or Priest and are considered sacramental offerings. Depending upon purpose, cakes and ale may also be incorporated at other points during the rite, not only the conclusion.
Cakes are often, but not always, formed in the shape of a crescent moon
“Cakes” may include biscuits, cookies or bread as well as cake
“Wine” or “ale” also includes beer, mead, and fresh fruit juices
See DIVINE WITCH: Dionysus.