British Recipes > Bishop's Cake

How to make Bishop's cake:
A very old cake recipe full of nuts and fruit. It is said to be called Bishop's Cake because when the cake is cut the cherries and nuts resemble a stained glass window. Traditionally baked at Christmas.


1lb whole, shelled brazil nuts
12 dates, stoned
8oz glace cherries (red and green mixed)
3oz flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6oz caster/superfine sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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- Place the nuts, dates and cherries into a mixing bowl.
- Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and caster sugar over the top.
- Mix well.
- Add the eggs and the vanilla extract.
- Mix well.
- Pour into a greased cake tin lined with grease-proof paper (this should prevent it from burning).
- Bake at 150 degrees C. for approx. 1 hour 45 minutes.
- When done, a metal skewer inserted into the cake should come out clean.
- Cool on a wire rack.