Our Favorite Walnut Cake

I don’t know if this stash of vintage recipes came from someone in our extended family or if Mom found them at a yard sale. It isn’t in Gail’s handwriting and at the bottom, it says Aunt Allie. Now, there were six Allies on the family tree but there were quite distant (mother-in-law of a third cousin, etc.). Anyway, here’s the cake recipe if you want to give it a try.

The Walnut Cake recipe.

Our Favorite Walnut Cake

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup shortening – half lard half butter is best
  • 1 cup sour milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon soda
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder sifted into flour
  • 1 cup walnut meats chopped fine by hand
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon (leveled) allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 level teaspoon cinnamon
  • a little grated nutmeg

Cream the sugar and butter or shortening. Add well-beaten eggs and stir in. Dissolve the soda in the milk and add to sugar and butter but do not stir. 

Stir the walnut meats into flour – also the spices. Put the vanilla in the other mixture then stir in the flour etc. 

Bake in a loaf in slow oven till done.

Make icing with two or three tablespoons of cream or heavy condensed milk and powdered sugar – just thin enough to spread with a knife.

Eggs in a bowl – photo from Pixabay

I don’t have all the ingredients on hand to try this out. If anyone is in a baking mood, let me know how the recipe turned out for you.

One thought on “Our Favorite Walnut Cake

  1. I may give it a whirl. I have all the ingredients–even black walnuts!- and am spending a lot of time at home during the pandemic. Like you, I’m doubtful that it’s “our” family recipe!


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