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Hickory Nut Cake

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling


12-16 servings

Grandma made this cake often when I was a little girl, using nuts I collected.—Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
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  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2-1/2 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, grated
  • 1/2 cup chopped hickory nuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped maraschino cherries
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
  • 10 to 12 hickory nut halves, optional


  1. In a bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with water. Add extracts, chocolate, nuts and cherries; mix well.
  2. In a small bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form; fold into batter. Pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool.
  3. For frosting, cream shortening and butter in a bowl. Add extracts and salt. Beat in sugar and milk. Frost cake. Top with nut halves if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 470 calories, 24g fat (8g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 180mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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