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Nut Cake

Russ Myers


Adapted from my Grandma's collection of "Secret" cake recipes.

A pleasant surprise awaits all who profit by her suggestions, which were drawn from her vast storehouse of practical knowledge

Her notes indicate this recipe won 38 First Prizes


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16 Servings
25 Min
50 Min


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1 c
1/2 c
1/2 c
whole milk
3/4 c
chopped nuts
1 3/4 c
2 tsp
baking powder
1 tsp
whites of three eggs


1/2 c
1 c
packed brown sugar
1/4 c
milk or half-and-half cream
2 c
confectioners' sugar
1 tsp
vanilla extract

How to Make Nut Cake


  • 1Preheat oven to 350.

    Cream butter and add sugar, and cream until light
  • 2Mix dry ingredients together lightly with fork. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk. Mix well.
    Add one pinch of salt: mix

    Stir in vanilla and nuts.

    Gently fold in the egg whites

    Pour into greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
  • 3Bake at 325° for 45-50 minutes. (Cake may be baked in 8-in. layer pans.) Cool. Make frosting by melting butter in a medium saucepan. Add brown sugar; boil 2 minutes. Add milk; bring to boil. Remove from heat; cool to lukewarm. Beat in sugar and vanilla. (May add chopped nuts, 1/2 cup if desired.)

    Frost cake.
  • 4TIPS:
    No matter what type of cake you're making, from a German almond cake to a chocolate walnut cake, these tips can help improve your finished product.

    Nuts are usually minced or chopped before they are added to the batter of the nut cake recipes; don't forget to save a few to garnish the top. Whether you plan to frost your cake or not, the addition of walnut halves can add a delightful garnish.
    Chop or grind your nuts fresh to help improve their flavor.
    Combine a variety of nuts in one recipe, using different sized pieces as well to add additional flavor and texture.
    Almost any cake recipe, including boxed cakes, can be made into a unique eating experience turning it into a nut cake recipe. Usually a half cup to full cup is sufficient to add that special flavor and bit of texture to the batter.
    Include a little almond extract to any nut cake to help enhance the flavor.
    Finish off a frosted cake by pressing minced or chopped nuts into the sides of the frosting.
    When entertaining, remember that many people are allergic to nuts, especially peanuts. Let you guests know you've included nuts in your recipes and be prepared to serve allergy sufferers an alternative dessert.

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About Nut Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Heirloom

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