Waldorf Astoria Cake

Waldorf Astoria Cake

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Judy Carter


This recipe came from an older family member. The story goes that she had been to NYC, to the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and had eaten this cake. When she got home, she wrote and asked for the recipe. They sent it to her, along with a bill. (Sounds suspiciously like many other stories about famous recipes, doesn't it?) Anyway, this cake is very dense and rich, almost more like a brownie in cake form!


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  • 2 1/2 oz
    baker's unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 c
    butter, room temperature
  • 2 c
  • 2
    eggs, well beaten
  • 2 c
    all purpose flour, ifted
  • 2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 1/2 c
  • 2 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 c
    pecans, chopped

  • 1/2 c
    + 1 tblspoon, butter
  • 1
    egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp
    lemon extract
  • 1 1/2 oz
    baker's unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 c
    powdered sugar

How to Make Waldorf Astoria Cake


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. CAKE: Cream butter & sugar; add eggs & melted chocolate. Sift together flour & baking powder; add to creamed butter/sugar alternately with milk and vanilla; add pecans. Bake in 2 layers for 25 minutes.
  3. FROSTING: Melt butter & chocolate; add egg, vanilla, lemon, powdered sugar. Mix well. Add 1 c. pecans just before spreading.

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About Waldorf Astoria Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes

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