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Black Walnut Cake

My mother's family members all were excellent cooks and known for their great hospitality. A longtime family favorite, this old-fashioned cake was always expected at holiday dinners, special occasions and potlucks.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12-16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped black or English walnuts
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • FROSTING:
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a bowl, toss walnuts with 1/4 cup flour; set aside. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla; mix well.
  • Combine the baking powder, salt and remaining flour; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk. Stir in the reserved nut mixture.
  • Transfer to a greased and floured 10-in. tube pan. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • In a heavy saucepan, combine sugar, egg whites, water and cream of tartar. With a portable mixer, beat on low speed for 1 minute. Continue beating on low speed over low heat until frosting reaches 160°, about 9 minutes.
  • Pour into the bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer; add vanilla. Beat on high speed until frosting forms stiff peaks, about 7 minutes. Frost the cake.
Editor's Note
We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 448 calories, 18g fat (8g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 241mg sodium, 67g carbohydrate (47g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • ladiro
    Apr 14, 2011

    Great cake! If you have trouble finding black walnuts you can always order them online at www.black-walnuts.com

  • janwilkins
    Feb 12, 2009

    This is probably my husband's favorite cake. I have to have the store special order my black walnuts, it is not something they keep on hand, except at Christmas.