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Grandma's Hickory Nut Cake

 Grandma's Hickory Nut Cake
This recipe's more than a recipe to us—it's a family tradition, three generations old. The frosting's a must—otherwise it's not the "true" cake! We have a timber stand with hickory trees on our farm, so getting enough nuts is easy. The problem is finding someone to crack and pick them and the "someone" usually ends up to me! I bake a lot of pies, cakes, rolls and bread. Three o
16 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 45 min.


  • CAKE:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup hickory nuts, chopped (reserve a few halves for garnish)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk or half-and-half cream
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract


  • Cream together sugar and butter for cake. Add eggs; beat on medium
  • speed of mixer for 2 minutes. Mix dry ingredients together lightly
  • with fork. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk. Mix well. Stir
  • in vanilla and nuts. Pour into greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
  • Bake at 325° for 45-50 minutes. (Cake may be baked in 8-in. layer
  • pans.) Cool. Make frosting by melting butter in a medium saucepan.
  • Add brown sugar; boil 2 minutes. Add milk; bring to boil. Remove

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Grandma's Hickory Nut Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • from heat; cool to lukewarm. Beat in sugar and vanilla. (May add
  • chopped hickory nuts, 1/2 cup if desired.) Frost cake. Yield: 16
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 469 calories, 19 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 78 mg cholesterol, 231 mg sodium, 70 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.