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Fancy Black Walnut Cake

Fancy Black Walnut Cake

A lovely buttermilk-based cake topped with Black Walnut Buttercream Frosting. Create a Missouri State Fair favorite fit for any occasion in your own home using the bold flavor of Black Walnuts.



  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Hammons Black Walnuts
  • 1–3 ounces flaked coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar


  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 box (4 cups) powdered sugar
  • 1 cup ground Black Walnuts


  1. Cake: Cream butter and shortening.
  2. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy and sugar is dissolved.
  3. Dd egg yolks and beat well.
  4. Combine buttermilk and baking soda; stir until baking soda is dissolved.
  5. Add flour to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour.
  6. Add vanilla extract, Black Walnuts and coconut; stir thoroughly.
  7. Beat egg whites, at room temperature, with cream of tartar, until stiff peaks form, then fold into batter.
  8. Pour batter into 3 greased and floured 9-inch cake pans.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until cake tests done.
  10. Cool in pans for 10 minutes, then remove from pans and finish cooling.
  11. Ice with Black Walnut Butter Cream Frosting.
  12. Black Walnut Butter Cream Frosting: Cream the cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract until smooth.
  13. Slowly add powdered sugar; fold in Black Walnuts. Spread on cooled cake.

Recipe and photo credit (used with permission): Hammons Black Walnuts