Elegant Bishop’s Cake: Homemade Recipe & More

Elevate your baking skills with our Bishop’s cake recipe. A rich, time-honored dessert that’s sure to impress. Try it now for a taste of tradition!

Bishop’s Cake History

Bishop’s Cake, also known as Bishop’s Bread, is a traditional fruitcake that has been enjoyed for generations.

The name “Bishop’s Cake” may have religious connotations, as it was often served during special occasions and holidays, including Christmas and Easter. Some sources suggest that it might have been named after bishops who enjoyed this rich and decadent cake.

The cake itself typically contains a mixture of dried fruits, such as raisins, currants, and candied citrus peel, along with nuts like walnuts or pecans. These ingredients are often mixed into a dense batter made with flour, sugar, eggs, and butter. Spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice are commonly added to enhance the flavor.

Bishop’s Cake is often baked in a loaf or bundt pan, resulting in a dense and moist cake with a lovely balance of sweet and fruity flavors. Some variations may also include a glaze or icing on top for added sweetness and presentation.

While Bishop’s Cake is not as well-known as some other fruitcakes, it remains a cherished dessert in certain regions and among those who appreciate its rich and hearty qualities. Its history is deeply intertwined with the traditions of holiday baking and celebrations, making it a timeless treat for special occasions.

Bishop's Cake


For the Cake:

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup dried raisins
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

For the Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • Zest of 1 orange


Baking the Bishop’s Cake:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9-inch round cake pan.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Set aside.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  5. Gradually add the dry flour mixture to the butter mixture, alternating with the buttermilk. Start and end with the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.
  6. Stir in the dried raisins and chopped walnuts.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and smooth the top.

Baking the Cake:

  1. Bake the cake in the preheated oven for approximately 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  2. Once baked, remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.
  3. Carefully transfer the cake to a wire rack to cool completely.

Creating the Glaze:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, fresh orange juice, and orange zest until you have a smooth and slightly tangy glaze.

Applying the Glaze:

  1. Once the cake has cooled, drizzle the glaze over the top, allowing it to cascade down the sides.


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