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Black Walnut Cake Recipe

Black Walnut Cake Recipe

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 YIELD:12-16 servings


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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Combine the baking powder, salt and remaining flour; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk. Stir in the reserved nut mixture.
  • 3. Transfer to a greased and floured 10-in. tube pan. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. 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. Yield: 12-16 servings.
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.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 4847418 100095
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2011

"Great cake! If you have trouble finding black walnuts you can always order them online at"

[email protected] User ID: 995974 100094
Reviewed 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."

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