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Black Walnut Cake


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  • Cream Cheese frosting:
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. butter, softened
  • 1/2 c. shortening
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1 1/2 buttermilk
  • 2 t. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 c. black walnuts, ground
  • 2 8 oz. pkgs. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 8 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 T. vanilla


Preparation time 45mins
Cooking time 105mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Preheat oven to 350. Grease three 9-inch round cake pans.
For cake, in a large bowl beat sugar, butter and shortening using an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.
In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
Add to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, mixing well after each addition.
Stir in the vanilla and ground walnuts.
Divide batter among prepared pans. Bake 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center of each comes out clean. Cool in pans completely. Remove from pans; transfer to cooling rack.
Meanwhile, for Cream Cheese Frosting, in a large bowl beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until creamy and smooth. Beat in butter. Slowly beat in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.
To assemble, frost cake using about 1 cup frosting between layers.
Makes 16 servings.

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