Historically, the recipe for Scripture Cake called for just that: scripture. Rather than typical ingredients, the traditional recipe included a list of Bible verses instead, requiring the baker to call on her knowledge of scripture to make the cake (or at least compel her to thumb through the Old Testament). “One cup of Judges 5:25,” for instance, meant that you needed a cup of butter. Some historians believe the cake originated inEngland or Ireland in the late 1700s, but the first printed version of the recipe has been attributed to a June 1897 issue of the Atlanta Constitution (now the Atlanta Journal-Constitution). Scripture Cake was especially popular in southern Appalachia in the late 19th century, where it was used as a 2-in-1 tool to teach young women to bake and to commit Bible verses to memory.
Grease 12-cup nonstick Bundt pan with 1 tablespoon Judges 5:25. Sprinkle with raw Jeremiah 6:20, turning pan to coat. Sprinkle 1/3 cup chopped Genesis 43:11 evenly into the bottom of the pan and set aside.
In a large mixer bowl, beat 1 cup Judges 5:25 (Butter)
He asked water, and she gave him milk; she brought forth butter in a lordly dish.
along with 1½ cups Jeremiah 6:20 beating until light and fluffy– (Sugar)
To what purpose cometh there to me incense from Sheba, and the sweet cane from a far country? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet unto me.
Beat in 4 Jeremiah 17:11, one at a time. (Eggs)
As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.
Combine 2 cups Exodus 29:2 –(flour)
And unleavened bread, and cakes unleavened tempered with oil, and wafers unleavened anointed with oil; of wheaten flour shalt thou make them.
mix with the following ingredients: 2 teaspoons Amos 4:5 – (baking powder)
And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, and proclaim and publish the free offerings; for this liketh you, O ye children of Israel, saith the Lord God.
2 Chronicles 9:9 to taste (cloves, allspice, nutmeg)
And she gave the king a hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices great abundance, and precious stones: neither was there any such spice as the queen of Sheba gave King Solomon.
2 teaspoons Exodus 30:23 (Cinnamon)
Take thou also, unto thee the chief spices; of flowering myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon, half as much.
and a pinch of Mark 9:50 – (salt)
Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with another.
Add to the Judges 5:25 mixture; beat at low speed until well combined.
Stir in: 1 tablespoon 1 Samuel 14:25 – (honey)
And all they of the land came to a wood; and there was honey upon the ground.
along with 1/2 cups 1 Samuel 30:12 – (raisins)
And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins; and when he had eaten, his spirit came again to him; for he had eaten no bread, nor drunk any water, three days and three nights.
and 2 cups chopped dried Song of Solomon 2:13 (figs)
The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
Mix in 2 cups slivered or chopped Numbers 17:8 – (almonds) and remaining 2/3 cup chopped Genesis 43:11 (walnuts).
And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yield almonds.
Add in 4 cups cored, peeled, and coarsely chopped Psalms 17:8. (apple)
Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,
Follow Solomon’s advice for making good boys – Proverbs 23:14
Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell. ( Stir well )
Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake in a 350-degree oven until wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean, about 50 to 60 minutes. Cool in pan 15 minutes; invert onto wire rack and cool completely. Best if prepared 1 day before serving. Store cake at room temperature.
Let us know if you bake this!