Bishop's Cake Recipe

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 Updated 09/03/2017

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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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  1. Place the nuts, dates and cherries into a mixing bowl.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and caster sugar over the top.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Add the eggs and the vanilla extract.
  5. Mix well.
  6. Pour into a greased cake tin lined with grease-proof paper (this should prevent it from burning).
  7. Bake at 150 degrees C. for approx. 1 hour 45 minutes.
  8. When done, a metal skewer inserted into the cake should come out clean.
  9. Cool on a wire rack.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 105 minutes

Yield: 4 - 6 slices


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