This scripture cake recipe will be a fun addition to this year's Easter celebration or other religious holiday!
Have you heard of scripture cake before? Whether you have or not, you are going to love the flavors and story behind this cake. Scripture cake can be made using a recipe that references foods found in the Bible. So, for example, the recipe ingredients would read "1.5 cups of Judges 5:25 (last part)."
When you read the scripture reference, you'll see that this verse references curdled milk. In this case curdled milk is interpreted as butter, so the first ingredient is 1.5 cups of butter!
Our recipe includes the Bible verse references, but we also provide the ingredients list for your convenience.
Our quick and delicious recipe comes together in no time at all, and the flavors are absolutely delicious. The cake is fluffy and sweet, and it has just the right amount of sugary glaze on top. You'll love making this cake, and sharing the origins of the recipe, with your family!
Preparation Time30 min
Cooking Time1 hr
- For the Cake
- 1 1/2 cup butter, softened (Judges 5:25)
- 3 cups sugar (Jeremiah 6:20)
- 6 eggs (Jeremiah 17:11)
- 3 1/2 cups flour (Exodus 29:2)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder (Luke 13:21)
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon (Kings 10:10)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 1 pinch salt (Leviticus 2:13)
- 1 cup water (Genesis 24:17)
- 2 cups raisins (Samuel 30:12)
- 1 cup almonds, chopped or slivered (Genesis 43:11)
- For the Icing
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons milk
- vanilla extract, to taste
Scripture Cake Recipe
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and thoroughly grease a 9 x 13-inch casserole dish.
Cream together butter and sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time, beating well after each one. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and spices. Add alternately with water to creamed mixture.
Fold in raisins and almonds. Mix well. Pour into greased pan. Bake about 60 minutes, making sure not to overbake, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool for 20 minutes while preparing icing.
For the icing
Melt the butter on the stove or in the microwave. Stir together butter, powdered sugar and milk. Add vanilla extract and stir until smooth. Pour icing over cake once cooled.
The History of Scripture Cake
The earliest known record of "Scripture Cake" can be found in a 1897 edition of the Atlanta Constitution though many researchers believe that this tradition may date back as late at the 1700s in England and Ireland. It is also rumored to have been a favorite recipe of first lady, Dolly Madison (Jame Madison's wife).
Scripture cake, also known as bible cake or old testament cake, was extremely popular in the late 1800s. Especially popular in the southern Appalachians in the USA, this cake was designed to teach young women about bible verses and baking.
Source: Hush Puppy Nation
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