walnut spice cake

Enjoy a slice of this old-fashioned spice cake with a glass of ice cold milk. Toasted walnuts pressed on the side of the cake make an attractive and tasty garnish.

walnut spice cake
Servings: 20 Prep 25 mins Bake 350°F 35 mins

Ingredients

Cake:
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon rum extract
  • 2 boxes (16 ounces each) confectioners sugar
  • 6 - 8 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts, toasted, chopped coarsely

Make It

Cake:

1. Heat oven to 350 F. Coat two 9-inch cake pans with nonstick cooking spray; line bottom with parchment or waxed paper and spray again.

2. In bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.

3. In a second bowl, beat together both sugars and shortening until combined. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the dry ingredients in three additions, alternating with the buttermilk. Beat 2 minutes.

4. Divide batter between prepared pans. Bake at 350 F for 35 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire rack 12 to 15 minutes. Turn cake layers out and cool completely.

Frosting:

5. In bowl, beat shortening, butter and extracts. Gradually beat in confectioners sugar then 6 tablespoons of milk; beat until smooth, adding more milk as needed for good spreading consistency.

6. Place 1 layer on serving plate. Spread with 1 cup of frosting. Place second layer on top. Frost top and sides of cake. Gently press chopped nuts onto sides.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 20; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 535, Fat, total (g): 25, chol. (mg): 46, sat. fat (g): 7, carb. (g): 77, fiber (g): 1, pro. (g): 5, sodium (mg): 183, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.