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Black Walnut Pound Cake

I still remember my grandmother making this cake when I was a child...oh, how good it smelled and tasted!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup chopped black walnuts
  • CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift together flour and baking powder; add alternately to creamed mixture with milk and extracts, beating on low speed just until combined. Fold in nuts.
  • Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. tube pan. Bake at 325° for about 1 hour 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 10 minutes before removing from pan to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, combine frosting ingredients; spread over cake.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 655 calories, 32g fat (15g saturated fat), 112mg cholesterol, 219mg sodium, 86g carbohydrate (67g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • Saybeebisber
    Sep 30, 2017

    I wanted to try this recipe because my mothers recipe calls for 7 egg whites and 5 yolks and this reciipe calls for 5 eggs. (No extra yolks left over) This cake came out beautifully. It released from the pan easily and the cooking time was right on and the color was a beautiful brown. This is why I gave it a 2 star. My problem was, the cake was dry and not very flavorful. Pure maple extract may have been a good option to give it a flavor boost. As for the cakes dryness, I think I will stick with my moms chiffon black walnut cake.

  • enticement
    Feb 22, 2013

    This is also my mothers recipe and I make it for gifts and special occasions. We had a large black walnut tree in our yard so we always had them. Hope others will try this recipe and enjoy as much as the generations of my family has. A great gift for Christmas.

  • enticement
    Feb 22, 2013

    This is also my mothers recipe and I make it for gifts and special occasions. We had a large black walnut tree in our yard so we always had them. Hope others will try this recipe and enjoy as much as the generations of my family has. A great gift for Christmas.

  • mohemp32
    Nov 11, 2012

    My husband's mom used to make this for him so when he asked me to try I had to scramble for the recipe. Well, this one was a hit! Really good! He loved it and so did I