Black Walnut Cake

"From Southern Living. One of their all-time favorites."
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Ready In:
1hr 55mins
1 three-layer cake




  • 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.

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  1. NurseDi, You are unbelieveable. This was outstanding! I can't believe any one hasn't tried this cake yet! The is the most moist cake that I have ever put my mouth on. Had this Thanksgiving night. Everyone raaaaaaved over it! Thanks for helping make our night special!
  2. I love, love, love this cake! A little work but worth the effort. The end result is a slice of heaven.
    • Review photo by Charlotte M.
  3. I won't rate this only because I don't think it was the recipe that was the issue. My husband grew up with black walnuts so I made this for him. And he ate it, but like Mikey, "he'll eat anything". Getting an honest opinion from him is impossible. I however thought it was horrible. Apparently black walnuts taste nothing like the plain old regular ones. And while I like most things I do NOT like the taste of black walnuts!!!!! It really was awful. And black walnuts are very expensive so that was just salt in the wound. I ended up pitching it because I couldn't even bring myself to give it away. The point of all this is, if you are not familiar with black walnuts, try them before you make this cake. One day I might be brave and try it again and use regular walnuts.



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