Jewel Hall Recipe

By Jewel Hall 0124

30 Min
25 Min

Some of you wanted my Black Walnut Layer Cake Recipe so...Here you are. Actually my mother always made the Black Walnut Layer Cake. I will warn you it takes 2 cups of Black Walnuts instead of one. However, you get twice the aroma and it is VERY PRETTY !!!


1 c
butter, softened
2 c
3 c
all purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp
baking powder
1 tsp
1 tsp
vanilla extract
1 c
whole milk
1 c
chopped black walnuts
3 c
1 c
whole milk
1 stick
butter, softened
1 tsp
vanilla extract
1 c
chopped black walnuts

Directions Step-By-Step

CAKE: Pre heat oven to 375 degree F. Cream butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add eggs one at a time beating after each addition. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together and stir into creamed mixture,alternating with milk. Add vanilla and beat to combine. Fold in Walnuts just to incorporate.
Pour mixture into 3 greased and floured 9 inch round cake pans. Bake until done, about 25 minutes. Test with tooth pick to be sure.
FROSTING: Combine sugar and milk in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil. Turn down to low boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla. Cool. After cooled, beat until thickened. Follow instructions below on how to apply frosting.
TIP: Turn 1 st layer of cake on to cake plate top side down, sprinkle with walnuts and thickly drizzle with frosting. Place second layer on top of first layer top side down. Sprinkle with walnuts and drizzle with frosting. Place third layer on top of second layer top side up. Frost top and sides of cake, covering top first and drizzle as heavily as possible down sides. Sprinkle remaining walnuts on top.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes

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Nancy J. Patrykus Finnjin
Mar 3, 2012
Will this help ???
over 100 yrs ago recipe!
Bea L. BeachChic
Jan 10, 2011
Gee whiz, Jewel, please post this recipe in the recipe section so we can save it to our recipe boxes. Thanks, sweetie.
Jewel Hall 0124
Jan 10, 2011
This is a 1940's Black Walnut Cake Recipe with a frosting recipe. See if it looks familiar. Good luck.

Elegant Tennessee Black Walnut Cake Recipe

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
7 large eggs
1/4 tablespoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup light molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
black walnuts -- halved

--- Cream frosting: ---

1 egg white
1 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup black walnuts -- chopped

Separate eggs and save one egg white for the frosting.


1. Sift flour with salt, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice (substitute mace for allspice if preferred).

2. Beat 6 egg whites with cream of tartar at high speed until light and fluffy. Gradually add corn syrup; continue beating until stiff peaks form. DO NOT underbeat.

3. Beat 7 egg yolks with molasses and vanilla at high speed until thick. Blend in dry ingredients. Fold this mixture into egg whites, using a rubber spatula to fold in gently but completely.

4. Pour into ungreased 10-inch tube pan.

5. Bake in preheated 350°F oven for 40-50 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Invert pan immediately and cool completely before removing from the pan. Frost with cream frosting and decorate with walnut halves.


Beat 1 egg white until stiff. Beat 1 cup heavy cream until thick. Add 3/4 cup sifted powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon salt to the cream. Fold gently into the egg white along with 3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts. Frost cake as is or cut into 3 layers (using string or dental floss) if preferred and frost each layer as you stack.
Jewel Hall 0124
Jan 10, 2011
Hi Stacy, so sorry about your grand mother. It is sad the amount of love and information gets lost with the passing of our older generation. I lost both my parents 4 months apart in 2003. My daddy was almost 91, a man with so much wisdom, I sure miss him too.
About the cake, sweetheart I don't know dear if it's the recipe you're looking for. There are some websites for real old recipes I have stumbled upon them before. I will look too and if I see something that looks like what you are looking for I'll send you a note. Welcome to JAP...Good to chat with you.
stacy lobdell killureyes
Jan 10, 2011

I'm new around here and i have a question for Sandy and Jewel!

Did sandy make it in a bunt cake?

Jewel, is this the 1940's recipe?

i have somewhat of a delemma. My grandmother made this Black Walnut Cake with this wonderful, WONDERFUL, W O N D E R F U L! fluffy frosting all over it and she sprinkled walnut shars all over it at christmas for the family and different partys we'd attend.
My grandmother never got a chance to give me the recipe and after she went to the home and and passed in August, I am looking through her recipes and books and CAN NOT find it.

I asked my mother and she ssaid that grammy made that when she was a kid and she prolly made it out of her head because she made it so much.

I combed the internet and still! can not find one that seems like it or close. But it was a layer cake.

Amazing how we miss the small things when they are gone!

If this isn't the recipe would you know where i can might be older then the 1940's BUT my mom was born in 49 so it is at least from back then.....

any help would be greatful!