How to make it

  • Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour either one 13x9x2 pan (cake will come all the way to the top) or three 9-inch round pans.
  • Cream the butter and sugars together until fluffy. Beat in the eggs until thoroughly blended. Mix in the soda and spices. Scrape the bowl, and blend well.
  • Mix in a cup of the flour, until it is blended. Mix in a half cup of the buttermilk, mix in, scrape the bowl, and blend thoroughly. Repeat twice, until all of the flour and buttermilk has been added. Mix in the walnuts.
  • "Pour" (it's a thick batter) into greased and floured pans. Bake for 45-60 minutes, depending on your pans, until done.
  • Buttercream:
  • Put yolks in a mixer bowl, place over a saucepan of boiling water, and beat constantly with a whisk until about 120 degrees, light and foamy.
  • Place bowl in mixer and beat on high speed until doubled in volume and thick. When you lift the mixer paddle, the egg yolks should form ribbons (if not, keep beating).
  • While the yolks are beating, make the syrup. Mix sugar and water in a heavy pan and bring to a boil, stirring just until the sugar is dissolved (if you stir after, the syrup will crystallize). Cook over medium heat to 240 degrees and remove from the heat.
  • With the mixer running at medium high speed, slowly pour the syrup into the yolks. Turn the mixer on high and beat until cooled to room temperature (this is important–you cannot proceed until the mixture is at room temperature, or you’ll ruin the buttercream).
  • Beat in the butter, tablespoon by tablespoon. Refrigerate until spreading consistency (see below for directions about the walnuts).
  • If you baked the cake in a 13x9x2 pan, mix in the finely ground walnuts. If you baked the cake in layers, reserve them, and use them to coat the sides of the cake when you have iced it. Sprinkle the remaining chopped walnuts over the top of the cake.
  • Note: You have to refrigerate it to spreading consistency, but except in high heat, these will hold up without refrigeration. Also, if you do refrigerate the cakes, you will have to remove them an hour or so before serving, because the buttercream will get hard.

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  • ladilizbet 5 years ago
    i love to learn new cakes and yours will be next on my list. i certainly sounds yummie :) can see you are a purist with your cooking.
    do you have any recommendations to dress up haluski? I am checslovic and my mother always did cabbage, noodles with cottage cheese. I would like more flavors along with adding meat.
    ty in advance.
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    mamalou ate it and said...
    love this recipe!
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    " It was excellent "
    lacrenshaw ate it and said...
    We are lucky to have not one but two black walnut trees on our property; alas, the squirrels are the only ones who can open them! I know what you're saying, bond. My hubby can't abide nuts in his food either. What's wrong with these people, I ask you? If you are ISO black walnuts and desperately need them, try As to your recipe I give it my ^5 and you my thanks!
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  • bondc 9 years ago
    Ah, sorry. I'll edit the recipe.

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    joe1155 ate it and said...
    This sounds like a great cake. What size are the pans?-----9x2 The recipe sounds so large are there 2 or 3 round pans?
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