Scripture Cake
As women moved westward across America, this recipe went with them as a small, treasured bit from "back home." It usually traveled along as part of a prized collection of recipes.
Serves: 12-16 servings
  • 1 Tablespoon Judges 5:25 (Butter)
  • ¼ cup raw Jeremiah 6:20 (Sugar)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped Genesis 43:11, divided (Walnuts)
  • 1 cup Judges 5:25, softened (Butter)
  • 1½ cups granulated Jeremiah 6:20 (Sugar)
  • 4 Jeremiah 17:11 (Eggs)
  • 2 cups Exodus 29:2 (Flour)
  • 2 teaspoons Amos 4:5 (Baking soda)
  • ½ teaspoon Mark 9:50 (Salt)
  • 2 teaspoons ground Exodus 30:23 (Cinnamon)
  • to taste Chronicles 9:9 (Cloves, Allspice, Nutmeg)
  • 4 cups cored, peeled, and coarsely chopped Psalms 17:8 (Apples)
  • 1 Tablespoon 1Samuel 14:25 (Honey)
  • 1 cup chopped Numbers 17:8 (Almonds)
  • 8 ounces dried, chopped Song of Solomon 2:13 (Figs)
  • ½ cup 1Samuel 30:12 (Raisins)
  1. Grease 12-cup nonstick Bundt pan with the 1 tablespoon butter. Sprinkle raw sugar into pan, turning pan to coat. Sprinkle ⅓ cup of the chopped walnuts evenly into bottom of pan; set aside.
  2. In large mixer bowl, beat the 1 cup butter and granulated sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add optional spices to taste: cloves, allspice, and nutmeg. Add to butter mixture; beat at low speed until well combined.
  4. Stir in chopped apples, figs, raisins, honey, almonds, and remaining ⅔ cup walnuts.
  5. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake in 350 degrees F. oven until wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean, about 50 to 60 minutes.
  6. Cool in pan 15 minutes; invert onto wire rack to cool completely. Best if prepared 1 day before serving. Store cake covered at room temperature.
This historical cake can still be made today. To play the game as our grandmothers might have played it, read the Biblical list of ingredients and write down your knowledge (or best guess) of the scriptural ingredients. Then, to be on the safe side, look in a King James version of the bible to verify your answers!
Recipe by Pray Cook Blog at