Merry Christmas! Every Christmas since I can remember, we all enjoyed Black Walnut Cake. This recipe is actually my great great grandmother’s recipe. My grandmother would have, Mrs. Jessap, a local friend/baker make it for us. Her friend had a black walnut tree in her backyard, so it was a very convenient for her to make. Black walnuts are quite hard to find and can be expensive, but they have an earthier taste than regular walnut and are quite delicious. Here is the recipe below.
3 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 egg yolks
1 cup milk
white of 3 eggs
3/4 cups Black Walnuts
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease two 9 inch cake pans and set aside.
Whisk together the flour and baking powder and set aside. Beat the butter and sugar in a separate bowl. Add egg yolks one at a time. Add milk and flour alternately until all is combined.
Beat the egg white until soft peaks form and then fold into the cake batter. Divide the batter evenly between the two cake pans and bake for 20-25 minutes.
2 sticks butter
1/2 cup maple syrup
3 cups confectioners sugar
Beat the butter and add the confectioners sugar slowly. Add maple syrup until combined.
Place one cake round on a plate. Ice the top of the cake and sprinkle with some extra black walnuts. Place the other cake round on top and ice top and around the sides.