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This is the last post from the archives of fantasy author Lorinda J. Taylor and despite being a little early for a Thanksgiving menu.. I think this cake could be eaten any day of the year.

#Recipe – Bishop’s Cake – Lorinda J. Taylor

A recipe is the last thing you’d expect to find on one of my blogs, but something got me to thinking about eatables I used to make (I never cook or bake these days), and I remembered Bishop’s Cake, and I thought, gee, if I’m never going to make it again, I ought to share this on my blog so other people could enjoy it this holiday season and in the future.

It isn’t a recipe that comes from my grandmother or farther back in family history. In fact, I got it from somebody I worked with in the 1960’s. But then that’s ancient history for a lot of the people reading this! It’s a fruit cake, but don’t let that name put you off!

It’s not the type of fruitcake that you would ever take to the Manitou Springs Fruitcake Toss after Christmas and chuck down the field with a catapult! It’s scrumptious! It has none of the coarse, sour, bitter stuff like candied citrus peel or citron or even candied pineapple. And I don’t know why it’s called Bishop’s Cake — that’s just the name my friend gave it. It’s definitely fit for a bishop, or a king!

Bishop’s Cake

Mix together:

  • 3 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 cup granulated sugar


  • 2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup candied cherries (as I recall, I left them whole. You could use red and green mixed for extra color)
  • 1 cup chopped dates (add gradually for even mixing. I used the pre-chopped, sugared date bits because I’m lazy. They are a little drier than the whole dates.)

Combine and sift over this mixture:

  • 1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Mix well. Add a small amount of water if the batter is too dry to hold togther.
  2. Line a loaf pan (I forget the dimensions — 4×8? 5×9? — just the regular size) with wax paper and spoon the batter into it. I always decorated it with a row of walnut halves down the middle and rows of cherry halves on each side.)
  3. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 1/2 hours. Cool in pan, then lift out with the waxed paper and peel it off the bottom. The cake is compact, so you don’t have to worry about having it fall apart.

Ooh, it’s delicious — my mouth is watering! I mean, what could go wrong with the combination of chocolate chips, cherries, nuts, and dates?

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©Lorinda J. Taylor 2012

About Lorinda J. Taylor

A former catalogue librarian with two graduate degrees, Lorinda J. Taylor was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and worked in several different academic libraries before returning to the place of her birth, where she now lives. She has written fantasy and science fiction for years but began to self-publish only in 2011. To this point, she has published fifteen science fiction/fantasy novels, including seven volumes of a series retelling myths in terms of her intelligent termite civilization. Her writings combine many aspects of science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, future history, off-world adventure, psychological fiction, and even a love story. She always strives to engage readers emotionally and give them something to think about at the end of each book.

A small selection of  books by Lorinda J. Taylor

One of the reviews for part five of the series – Phenix Rises

To ensure I don’t inadvertently add any ‘spoilers’, I have decided to write this review when I am only two thirds of the way through Ms Taylor’s latest ‘block-buster’. Once again, the author has produced a large and satisfying chunk of intergalactic travel, spiced with inter-related struggles between the friends and colleagues of Captain Robbie. I have read all of the series and this time the ‘atmosphere’ has mellowed, so (I hope and suspect) all will be nicely resolved by the end of the book. Such empathy from the writer with her characters, can only have been created by ‘living’ the story (in her imagination) through them. I am still not overly fond of ‘our hero’ but his friends are a wonderfully rich mixture of interesting and varied personalities which keep me coming back for more. The author must be a keen observer of human nature to have included so many different guises so seamlessly within the narrative. Another tour-de-‘force – which I hope will be with her’, for many more stories to come.

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