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Scripture Cake with Golden Syrup

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek Scripture Cake

Full of spices, almonds, figs and raisins, this scrumptious cake recipe based on scripture is an adventure to create and a delight to eat! If your book club is looking for food ideas for The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, look no further!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Resting Time 28 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 3 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 595 kcal


  • Tube or Bundt Pan
  • Electric mixer


Scripture Cake:

  • 3/4 cup butter room temperature (Judges 5:25, last clause)
  • 2 cups sugar Jeremiah 6:20
  • 5 eggs separated and room temperature (Jeremiah 17:11)
  • 3 cups flour 1 Kings 4:22
  • ½ tsp salt Matthew 5:13
  • 2 tsp baking powder 1 Corinthians 5:6
  • 2 tbsp honey or sorghum (1 Samuel 14:25)
  • 2 cups raisins 1 Samuel 30:12
  • 2 cups figs Proverbs 27:18
  • 1 cup almonds Numbers 17:8
  • ½ tsp nutmeg 2 Chronicles 9:1
  • ½ tsp allspice 2 Chronicles 9:1
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 2 Chronicles 9:1
  • ½ cup milk Hebrews 5:13
  • Extra almonds for garnish optional

Golden Syrup:

  • 1 ½ cups sugar Jeremiah 6:20
  • 3 tbsp water John 4:13-14
  • 1/3 cup water (warm) John 4:13-14
  • ¼ cup butter Judges 5:25, late clause


For the Scripture Cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  • Cream the butter, sugar and honey together in a large bowl.
  • Mix in the 5 egg yolks, reserving the egg whites.
  • Sift 2 ½ cups of flour, reserving ½ cup, with the salt, baking powder, and spices in a separate bowl. Slowly incorporate into the creamed butter and sugar, adding the milk for moisture as you do.
  • Using an electric mixer, whip the egg whites in a separate bowl until they become stiff.
  • Carefully fold the egg whites into the batter.
  • Dredge the chopped figs, almonds, and raisins with the reserved ½ cup of flour. This will keep them from falling to the bottom of the cake.
  • Fold the dredged figs, almonds and raisins into the batter.
  • In a very well buttered and floured tube or bundt pan, pour the batter.
  • Cook for 1 hour 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool on a rack for at least 15 minutes.

For the Golden Syrup:

  • In a heavy sauce pan, cook the sugar on low with the 3 tbsp of water. It will take several minutes, but the sugar will begin to melt. Once melting, stir frequently to prevent sticking.
  • Once all the sugar is melted, allow to brown.
  • SLOWLY add the 1/3 cup of WARM water. The sugar may try to crystalize into candy at this point so slowly pour the water in while continuing to stir.
  • Once the water is added, stir in the butter and remove from heat.
    Scripture Cake with Golden Syrup
  • Allow to cool to a syrup consistency.
  • To Assemble:
  • Pour the syrup over the cake.
  • Top with more chopped almonds.
Keyword Breakfast, Cake