Red Velvet Cake with Black Walnuts

Such decadence is what has made red velvet cake so popular recently. And the simple addition of Black Walnuts takes this regal Red Velvet Cake with Black Walnuts to new heights!

Red Velvet Cake


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/3 cup black walnuts, chopped


  1. In a stand mixer with paddle attachment or with electric hand mixer beat together shortening, sugar and eggs.
  2. Sift together flour, salt and cocoa.
  3. Add sifted mixture and buttermilk a little at a time alternating between wet and dry ingredients.
  4. Fold in the Black Walnuts, vanilla extract, food coloring and soda/vinegar mixture.
  5. Fill two 8-inch round cake pans lined with parchment paper or nonstick spray.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.
  7. Top with either a vanilla buttercream or cream cheese frosting. Press additional toasted black walnuts into the side or sprinkle on top.

Recipe and photo used with permission from: Hammons Black Walnuts