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Chocolate Ring Cake

Black walnuts add a flavor twist to this scrumptious, from-scratch cake. I loved to lick the remnants of the sweet, chocolate frosting from Mom's stainless steel bowl. —Joann Jensen (daughter), Lowell, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + cooling Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1-1/2 cups black walnuts
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In a small bowl, stir chocolate and boiling water until chocolate is melted; cool for 10 minutes. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla and chocolate mixture.
  • Combine the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder; add to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Stir in walnuts.
  • Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 350° for 40-50 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.
  • For frosting, in a small saucepan, combine the butter, milk, sugar, chocolate, corn syrup and salt. Cook and stir over low heat until blended. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Beat with a mixer for 15 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken. Refrigerate until frosting reaches spreading consistency. Frost top and sides of cake. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 614 calories, 39g fat (13g saturated fat), 87mg cholesterol, 558mg sodium, 61g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 3g fiber), 11g protein.

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