Black Walnut Cake


This decadent layer cake is frosted with a rich cream cheese icing.

Black Walnut Cake
Hands On Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins


  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened

  • ½ cup shortening

  • 2 cup granulated sugar

  • 4 eggs

  • 3 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ cup buttermilk

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 ½ cup ground black walnuts

  • 2 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 8 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla


  1. Make the cake: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease 3, 9-inch round cake pans; set aside.

  2. Using an electric mixer, cream the 1/2 cup butter, shortening, and granulated sugar in a large bowl. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the creamed butter alternately with the buttermilk, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the 2 teaspoons vanilla and then the walnuts.

  3. Evenly divide the batter among the 3 cake pans. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center of each comes out clean. Cool the cake layers thoroughly in the pans, then turn them out onto cooling racks.

  4. Meanwhile, make the frosting: Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese in a large bowl until creamy and smooth. Beat in the 1 cup butter. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar, then the 1 tablespoon vanilla.

  5. Frost cake layers with frosting.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

841 Calories
42g Fat
110g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 30
Calories 841
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g 54%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 125mg 42%
Sodium 514mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 110g 40%
Total Sugars 86g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 0.4mg 2%
Calcium 80mg 6%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 156mg 3%
Fatty acids, total trans 2g
Folate, total 63.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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