Call the Midwife, set in the poor neighborhood of Poplar in London’s East End starting in 1958, revolves around a group of young women and their nun-mentors at Nonnatus House, a nursing convent. The team attends the births of almost every baby born to the women of Poplar. In a line of work that is often stressful and marked by tragedy, the nurses still find time to celebrate, bond, and find comfort and friendship over cakes—which seem to always be hidden in a cupboard or freshly baked on the dinner table at the convent.
The sixth season of the show premiered on April 2 and will run until May 21 on PBS. Here are 10 of the best cake moments from Call the Midwife.
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Season 1, Episode 1
Jenny Lee arrives at Nonnatus House, a nursing convent, where she's greeted by the elderly Sister Monica Joan, who tells her, “I feel we are prompted to go in search of cake." Sister Monica Joan takes Jenny to kitchen, searching through the cupboards for cake until she comes upon a coconut layer cake hidden in a pot. She forces Jenny to eat several slices, but when Sister Julienne—the head of the order—arrives, Jenny realizes Sister Monica Joan stole the freshly baked cake that was intended for the entire house.