Scripture Cake was in what children's book?
March 26, 2010 9:14 AM   Subscribe

I was just reading about Scripture Cake and I have some vague memory of this cake being referenced in a children's book--maybe one of the Little House books, I can't recall which book and googling Laura Ingalls Wilder and Scripture Cake comes up with nothing. Does this ring a bell for anyone?
posted by pipti to Media & Arts (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
It rings a bell, but I cannot for the life of me remember (or succesfully google) what it could have been. I hope someone else comes through!
posted by elsietheeel at 9:26 AM on March 26, 2010

They made vanity cakes, which I suppose teaches a lesson of sorts. Not sure about Scripture, though.
posted by amicamentis at 9:30 AM on March 26, 2010

You might be thinking of Vanity Cakes from the Little House books. To the best of my knowledge (and I've read the series a fairly astonishing number of times, including twice in the past three years--once to myself, once aloud to my kids) there is no mention of Scripture Cake anywhere in any of the books, including those that do not fit into the original Young Adult series.
posted by padraigin at 9:32 AM on March 26, 2010

I am actually re-reading the Little House series in preparation for Laurapalooza. This sounds very familiar to me, too. I can tell you that it isn't in Little House in the Big Woods, or the first 3/4 of Farmer Boy.
posted by kimdog at 9:32 AM on March 26, 2010

Hmm, I've never heard of it before, which makes me think it isn't in the Little House books, or Caddie Woodlawn, or Anne of Green Gables, or Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, or Understood Betsy, or anything by Louisa May Alcott, which all seem like likely candidates but I think I've read them all enough times that I would remember if it was in there...
posted by exceptinsects at 9:43 AM on March 26, 2010


I found a receipe for "Scripture Cake" in a book, "The Rosewood Casket", by Sharyn McCrumb. I think it was an Oprah pick. There was not enough detail in the book, so I searched the web and found this recipe. I thought it would be fun to serve the cake at a women's retreat sponsored by my community church. Hope it's good!
posted by amicamentis at 9:57 AM on March 26, 2010

I know what this is! It's not from Laura Ingalls Wilder or any of the others though. I read about it in the I Hate to Cook Book by Peg Bracken. It's a recipe for cake that's not really a recipe, it says "Take 1 cup of Genesis 3:16" (raisins or whatever), the assumption being that you know your bible verses and what ingredients they mention. There was a translation right after the recipe as well.
posted by speedymarie at 9:59 AM on March 26, 2010

I've read the Rosewood Casket, too, so maybe that's where I know it from.
posted by kimdog at 10:13 AM on March 26, 2010

Could it be Little Women or one of that series? It rings a bell for me too.
posted by TooFewShoes at 10:29 AM on March 26, 2010

Speedymarie has it. I don't now have a copy of the recipe, but I remember just such a recipe in a book my mother had when I was a child. The cake contains the usual kind of ingredients, but they are specified by reference to verses of the Bible where they are mentioned. A quick google of "Bible cake" turns up several recipes. Some even give calorie counts, which I think is sort of odd (the bible as nutrition ought not to be, perhaps). No obvious source in fiction in the first few pages of results though. Same story for "scripture cake".
posted by Logophiliac at 10:54 AM on March 26, 2010

Whoops, having looked at the post again, you already knew what it was. My bad for not checking the link first ...
posted by Logophiliac at 10:58 AM on March 26, 2010

It rings a bell for me too, and I don't think I've read any of the other books. Is it possible it might have been edited out in more recent versions? I know translated books suffer from changes and omissions via biased translators and editors, and I'm wondering if it could have happened in these books.
I've been having the occasional hankering to get hold of this series again, and now it's back with a vengeance...
posted by Billegible at 11:05 AM on March 26, 2010

Thanks all. I have read that Sharyn McCrumb book, and I remember the vanity cakes in the LH series...and I must have conflated the two when I was reading about Scripture cake.
posted by pipti at 11:13 AM on March 26, 2010

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