Grandma's Hickory Nut Cake

Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 50 mins

This isn't a low-fat dessert, but it sure is yummy! Great for birthdays or holidays, potlucks, or just because you want some!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For the Cake: Cream together sugar and butter. Add eggs; beat on medium speed of mixer for 2 minutes. Mix dry ingredients together lightly with a fork. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk. Mix well. Stir in vanilla and nuts. Pour into a greased and floured 13x9-inch pan (or 2 8-inch round cake pans). Bake at 325 F for 45--50 minutes. Cool.
  2. For the Frosting: Make frosting by melting butter in a medium saucepan. Add brown sugar; boil 2 minutes. Add milk; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; cool to lukewarm. Beat in sugar and vanilla. (You may add 1/2 cup chopped hickory nuts if desired.) Frost the cake and decorate with reserved hickory nuts.
Most Helpful

Great cake! I have been searching for this recipe for my in-laws, they use to buy this cake from the Amish & haven't been able to find it in years. I made it for Easter and they were very excited! They said this recipe tasted just like the cake they use to buy if not better! Thanks for the recipe!

5 5

Loved this cake! We picked the hickory nuts, so the cost was minimal. I even had a request to make one for a birthday cake!

1 5

Cake was dry, frosting was grainy. Terrible waste of $20 worth of hickory nuts. I recommend adding a cup of applesauce to cake and melt brown sugar for frosting in water rather than butter.