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!

MojitoLover April 06, 2010

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!

kendramckenzie July 19, 2009

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.

noctane October 12, 2007