This recipe is great for reading the bible. It has been passed around my church since 1976.

Fern
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.

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  • In a large bowl, combine flour, milk, sugar, figs, raisins, almonds, honey, salt and baking soda. Mix thoroughly.

  • Pour into prepared 9x13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 40 minutes, or until edges pull away from pan.

Nutrition Facts

322.1 calories; 6.7 g protein; 60.1 g carbohydrates; 0.8 mg cholesterol; 161.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (10)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/04/2003
I enjoyed this recipe but here are a few caveats: Fern must have made a typo because 1 cup milk is nowhere near enough liquid to moisten the ingredients. I followed the suggestion of the previous reviewer and added 3 eggs and there were STILL pockets of dry flour! I think all in all I used 3 eggs and 2 1/4 cups milk. Because of the lack of fat this cake would not keep that well without drying out (it's interesting because other scripture cakes have oil added). To increase keeping qualities I'd reduce amount of sugar to 1 cup and add 1 cup honey. I added cup chopped dates (Deut. 34:3) and grated zest of 2 oranges (Deut. 33:14). Some additional scriptural refs: the raisin reference in the recipe is incorrect it is actually 1 Samuel 30:12. I also prefer the salt ref of Job 6:6 and for the baking soda the best ref is 1 Cor. 5:6 (although if you're Jewish you'll have to find another one!). Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/03/2014
It really did need more milk and it came out like a giant granola bar. I wish i had read the reviews so i would know how it turned out for the people that made the bible cake. Read More
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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
12/04/2003
I enjoyed this recipe but here are a few caveats: Fern must have made a typo because 1 cup milk is nowhere near enough liquid to moisten the ingredients. I followed the suggestion of the previous reviewer and added 3 eggs and there were STILL pockets of dry flour! I think all in all I used 3 eggs and 2 1/4 cups milk. Because of the lack of fat this cake would not keep that well without drying out (it's interesting because other scripture cakes have oil added). To increase keeping qualities I'd reduce amount of sugar to 1 cup and add 1 cup honey. I added cup chopped dates (Deut. 34:3) and grated zest of 2 oranges (Deut. 33:14). Some additional scriptural refs: the raisin reference in the recipe is incorrect it is actually 1 Samuel 30:12. I also prefer the salt ref of Job 6:6 and for the baking soda the best ref is 1 Cor. 5:6 (although if you're Jewish you'll have to find another one!). Read More
(54)
Rating: 4 stars
12/04/2003
I enjoyed this recipe but here are a few caveats: Fern must have made a typo because 1 cup milk is nowhere near enough liquid to moisten the ingredients. I followed the suggestion of the previous reviewer and added 3 eggs and there were STILL pockets of dry flour! I think all in all I used 3 eggs and 2 1/4 cups milk. Because of the lack of fat this cake would not keep that well without drying out (it's interesting because other scripture cakes have oil added). To increase keeping qualities I'd reduce amount of sugar to 1 cup and add 1 cup honey. I added cup chopped dates (Deut. 34:3) and grated zest of 2 oranges (Deut. 33:14). Some additional scriptural refs: the raisin reference in the recipe is incorrect it is actually 1 Samuel 30:12. I also prefer the salt ref of Job 6:6 and for the baking soda the best ref is 1 Cor. 5:6 (although if you're Jewish you'll have to find another one!). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/21/2003
I have this cake in the oven right now. I added a bit 3 eggs: Lu 11:12; oil of orange and a few dates:Ge 1:11 and here is the quote for the 'salt':Job 6:6. I wanted a special heavy fruit cake for the bride's cake top of a wedding cake; the one to save for the first anniversary. This looks just right. I made most of the cake in three six inch pans which I will fill with marzipan and then ice. The rest I have in a larger pan to share with family at the wedding. I am making my first neice's wedding cake. Thanks for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/17/2011
oh what a great way to spread the truth about God!!! i love the idea!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2011
I came across this recipe and I think my family is going to love it what about the oil of gladdness though there's lots of oil references I'm just glad there's a biblical cake out here for us to use!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/03/2014
It really did need more milk and it came out like a giant granola bar. I wish i had read the reviews so i would know how it turned out for the people that made the bible cake. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/29/2013
We had a Scripture Cake recipe that was handed down in our family. It was given at the Bridal Shower (without the key) On the couples first Anniversary the parents (both sets) came to dinner. The dessert was this cake. And it had better be right. This was to give the couple a good foundation for their spiritual beginnings. Mom provided the key at the anniversary. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2015
great cake Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/07/2019
I actually haven't made this recipe yet. I was comparing it to a recipe I just found in an old box belonging to my grandmother. What I found is what was given to the bride and groom--just the amounts and the scripture verses. They differ slightly but significantly from the recipe that appears here. 4 1/2 cups I Kings 4:22 (flour), 1 cup Judges 5:25 (Last Clause) (butter), 2 cups Jeremiah 6:20 (sugar), 2 cups I Samuel 30:12 (raisins), 2 cups Nahum 3:12 (figs,) 2 tsp. I Samuel 14:25 (honey), 6 of Jeremiah 17:11 (eggs), 1/2 cup Judges 4:19 (Last Clause) (milk), 2 tsp . Amos 4:5 (baking powder), Season to taste with 2 Chronicles 9:9. I am thinking the last ingredient (s) are salt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, mace (some or a combination of all) Grandma did not include directions, but I think I would follow standard procedure creaming the sugar and butter together, add the eggs and honey and beat till incorporated. Stir in the prepared fruit. Sift together the flour and remaining dry ingredients and work in. I would bake it all in greased loaf pans (how many depends on size) at 300 degrees F. for 1 hour to start. Check for doneness and add time as necessary. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/27/2017
This was quite a good cake. I made it as written just a little less sugar and it was moist although very dense! I didn't frost it. Read More