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Walnut Cake

Carla Hall
Servings: 4 - 6
1 to 2 hr

Carla Hall's Walnut Cake is to die for!

  • Ingredients
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Walnut Cake
  • 1 cup walnut pieces (ground to 1/2 cup walnut powder)
  • 1 1/4 cup cake flour (divided, plus more for dusting pans)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter (softened, plus 1 tablespoon to grease pan)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 orange (zested)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • powdered sugar (to dust)
  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease an 9-inch cake pan with butter and dust with flour and set aside.
  • In the bowl of a food processor add the walnuts and 1/4 cup flour and pulse until finely ground to a powder. Remove from the processor to a large bowl and set aside. Wipe out the food processor.
  • To the ground walnuts, add the remaining flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt and whisk to combine.
  • In the bowl of the food processor add the butter and sugar and pulse until fluffy, about 1 minute. Add the eggs, vanilla, orange zest and maple syrup and process until combined.
  • Add the flour mixture and pulse until just combined. While the machine is running, drizzle in the buttermilk and continue to process until the batter just comes together.
  • Remove to the cake pan and bake for 45-50 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the cake is golden brown. Remove to a baking rack to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and allow to cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar and serve.
  • Tip: Try using your favorite nut ground into a fine powder in this cake.
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