Scripture Cake

This recipe is a follow-up on my Marketbasket article (in The Tennessean) on raisins. Dolley (sometimes spelled Dolly) Madison made this cake famous. It is so called because it was used to teach young girls baking and scriptures that mention the various ingredients. In some parts of the country, it was called Bible Cake or Old Testament Cake. Enjoy!

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1-1/2 cups sugar

3 eggs, divided 

1/2 cup water

1 tablespoon honey

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder  

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground mace

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup finely chopped figs

1 cup golden raisins

1/2 cup chopped almonds

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease and flour a 13×9-inch baking dish and set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and  sugar 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg yolks, water and honey.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder,  cinnamon, mace, cloves, and salt.  Toss the figs, raisins and almonds with the flour mixture and add to the butter mixture. 
Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold into the batter. Spoon evenly into the prepared baking pan and bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool completely on a wire rack before cutting and serving.                
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4 Comments on “Scripture Cake”

  1. Tammy, this cake sounds yummy and easy to make. I have heard of this type of cake but did not know the story. Thanks for sharing. T

  2. Linda M. Holland Says:

    Tammy, March 29, 2012

    I would love to have the scriptures that go along with the Scripture Cake. I want to make this for Easter. Maybe I can have one of my grandchildren help me make it.
    Thank-you, Linda Holland

    • tammyalgood Says:

      I have pulled the scriptures that were used with this Scripture Cake. It is interesting, because obviously, the Bible doesn’t specifically talk about some of the ingredients it is linked to (i.e. baking powder). But it is unique, nonetheless and will likely lead to a great discussion … the point! See below!

      Judges 5:25 (butter)
      Jeremiah 6:20 (sugar)
      Isaiah 10:14 (eggs)
      Leviticus 24:5 (flour)
      2 Kings 2:20 (salt)
      Amos 4:5 (baking powder)
      Exodus 30:23 (cinnamon)
      2 Chronicles 9:9 (spices)
      Genesis 43:11 (nuts)
      Jeremiah 24:5 (figs)
      2 Samuel 16:1 (raisins)

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