Black Walnut Cake

READY IN: 1hr 55mins




  • To make the frosting: in a large mixing bowl, cream butter and cream cheese; gradually add powdered sugar, beating (with an electric mixer) until mixture is light and fluffy.
  • Stir in vanilla; set aside.
  • To make cake: In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and shortening; gradually add sugar, beating well with an electric mixer at medium speed.
  • Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • In another bowl, combine buttermilk and soda; stir until soda is dissolved.
  • Add flour to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour.
  • Mix after each addition.
  • Stir in vanilla.
  • Add in 1 cup walnuts and coconut; stir well.
  • In another bowl, beat egg whites (at room temperature) and cream of tartar until stiff peaks form; fold egg white mixture into batter.
  • Pour batter into 3 greased/floured 9-inch round cake pans.
  • Bake in a 350° oven for 22-25 minutes or until pick comes out clean.
  • Cool cakes in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans and let cool completely on wire racks.
  • Spread Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake.
  • Press additional chopped walnuts onto sides of cake.