Black Walnut Cake, printable recipe.

Black Walnut Cake Recipe

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 - 10 slices 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American, Southern


Black Walnuts make an excellent cake that has become an old Southern favorite. Follow our easy, step-by-step, photo illustrated instructions to learn how to make it.



½  cup Butter (1 stick) at room temperature
½ cup Lard, or Crisco Vegetable Shortening
1 cup Light Brown Sugar, packed firm
1 cup Granulated Sugar
5 Large Eggs, at room temperature
11/2 cup Buttermilk
31/2 cups sifted Self-Rising Flour
2 teaspoon Butter Nut Flavoring, (or Vanilla)
1 ½ cups Black Walnut Pieces, finely chopped

Black Walnut Butter Cream Frosting Ingredients:
2 – 8oz packages Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup Butter, at room temperature
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Flavoring
8 cups Confectioners’ Sugar


Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Sift your flour to have it ready. Set aside for now.
Chop the black walnuts if needed.
Place the butter in a large mixing bowl.
Add the lard or shortening.
Use a mixer to cream butter and shortening together for 3 minutes.
Gradually add in the light brown sugar, mixing until smooth.
Gradually add the granulated sugar, mixing until light and fluffy.
Add eggs, one at a time, mix just until combined. Scrape down bowl as needed.
Add flour, alternating with milk, beginning and ending with flour.
Add butter nut flavoring, mix just until combined.
Add the walnut pieces.
Fold nuts into mixture by hand until combined.
Grease and flour 3 – 8 inch cake pans.
Divide batter between the 3 pans.
Bake at 350F degrees for 20 – 30 minutes, or until cake tests done using a wooden toothpick.
Remove from oven, place pans on wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes.
Remove layers from pans, place layers on wire rack to cool completely.

Black Walnut Butter Cream Frosting Instructions:
Place the cream cheese, butter and flavoring in a large mixing bowl.
Cream the ingredients together until smooth.
Gradually add the confectioners’ sugar. Stir slowly to avoid making a mess.
Spread frosting between layers of cake, on sides, and on top.


Southern Flavoring Company sells a special Happy Home brand of Black Walnut Flavoring that would add even more flavor to this cake. I used their Butter and Nut Flavoring for this recipe, but you could also just use Vanilla Flavoring if that’s what you have on hand.

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