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Black Walnut Coconut Cake

I’ve been making cakes for over 60 years, and this is one of my favorites. I’m often asked to bring it to the monthly senior citizens’ fellowship meal at my church. My children and grandchildren think it’s special, too.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons coconut extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped black walnuts
  • SYRUP:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract


  • In a large bowl, beat the sugar, buttermilk, oil, eggs and extract until well blended. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into sugar mixture until blended. Stir in coconut and walnuts.
  • Transfer to a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 325° for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for 5 minutes or until slightly reduced. Remove from the heat; stir in butter and extract.
  • Remove cake from pan to a wire rack. Poke holes in warm cake with a skewer; slowly pour syrup over cake. Cool completely before cutting.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 629 calories, 31g fat (6g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 247mg sodium, 80g carbohydrate (54g sugars, 2g fiber), 9g protein.

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  • lboone48
    Apr 17, 2014

    Any cake that has black walnuts in it has got to be good-and this one is GREAT!

  • stormiwinds
    Mar 4, 2014

    Most grocery stores have black walnuts in the baking isle . They may be seasonal in some areas. The taste will not be the same with any other nut. I tried to add 5 stars but it would only let me add one.

  • velvajean
    Mar 4, 2014

    where do I find black walnuts????? I rated one star because you have to click a star just to ask this question.

  • chales426
    Sep 21, 2012

    I have made this cake several times and it is perfect each time! I always get rave reviews! Thanks for sharing! :)

  • nadege
    Aug 5, 2012

    Excellent flavored cake

  • Holmescsh
    Jun 15, 2011

    Absolutely fabulous special occasion cake

  • jmkasprak
    Mar 10, 2011

    Since I didn't have any coconut extract, I substituted almond extract, and it was excellent! I'm sure the coconut extract would give the cake a lot more coconut flavor, and I'll buy some next time I make this cake. I'm happy to say my results looked just like the picture, and it was moist and delicious.

  • dottie101644
    Feb 26, 2011

    I tried printing recipe three times, and all times it only printed 1 page out of 2, why?