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No one knows when or where the idea for Scripture Cake came from, but its ingredients are rooted in Bible verses.
The late Charlemae Hill Rollins believed it was so significant in her own life that she included the recipe for it in her book, "Christmas Gif': An Anthology of Christmas Poems, Songs and Stories, Written by and about Negroes."
Disappointed that there were so few written resources about the Christmas traditions she learned as a child in Yazoo City, Miss., Rollins wrote the anthology in 1963 to pass along what she had learned from her grandmother, a slave.
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