Scripture Cake: Guess ingredients, win a book

Published on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 23:58 - Written by Christine Gardner,

My mother has been cleaning out her old cookbooks and recipe boxes and was considering getting rid of a few things.

As soon as she told me I hurried to my parent’s house to make sure she didn’t throw out anything that could serve as interesting or inspiring story material. I love reading through old cookbooks and seeing how people used to cook and the traditions, practices and techniques of years gone by.

In the stack were many old church, school and Junior League cookbooks from everywhere she had lived from the 1950’s to present time. Those books are some of my favorites because they capture the personality and culture of a town and represent the favorite recipes the participating families enjoyed regularly.

There were also cookbooks put out by food brands and appliance companies. I can’t wait to read through the Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk cookbook, the Jell-O salad book and the 1978 edition of “How to Cook Anything in Your New Microwave.” All three should be highly entertaining and good for a story or two.

Several file boxes were also filled with recipe cards, torn pages from magazines, old food sections, copied recipes from friends and anything she thought ‘looked good to make’ over 47 years of marriage.

One of the many recipes that caught my eye was a Scripture Cake that came from one of the East Tennessee church cookbooks. My mother’s family was from East Tennessee and settled there in the late 1700’s. This particular recipe was written by President James Madison’s wife, Dolley Madison, and the ingredients in the recipe were listed as scriptures.

The Madisons were devout Christians and she wrote the recipe this way so that whoever was interested in the recipe would have to read The Bible to make the cake.

I thought it would be fun to share the recipe and play a little game. Just like Dolley Madison, you will have to look up the scriptures to find out the ingredients. I will have the correct ingredients and the cake’s directions in next Wednesday’s FLAVOR. Also, the first person to call or email me with the correct ingredients will receive a signed copy of my cookbook, “Favorite FLAVOR”.

You can call 903-596-6247 to leave a message with your answers or email I will use the time recorded on voicemail system or the email time to determine the winner. The winner will also be announced next Wednesday, along with the complete recipe. Here’s a hint, to help with the most accurate answers – use the King James Version of The Bible. Most of our modern versions did not exist in the early 1800’s.

Scripture Cake


1 cup Proverbs 30:33

1 3/4 cup Jeremiah 6:20

1/4 cup Proverbs 24:13

6 each of Job 39:14

1 1/2 teaspoons Exodus 30:23

2 1/2 teaspoons 1 Kings 10:2 (Hint: You don’t have to be specific.)

3 teaspoons Amos 4:5 (Hint: The answer is not yeast.)

1 teaspoon Leviticus 2:13

3 3/4 cups 1 Kings 4:22

1 cup Judges 4:19

2 cups 1 Samuel 30:12

2 cups Revelation 6:13

1 cup Numbers 17:8