Black Walnut Christmas Cake Recipe

This Black Walnut Cake is a delectable, one-of-a-kind Christmas cake. It’s a cake that will look lovely on your Christmas table, with sugared cranberries, rosemary sprigs, and black walnuts.

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  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter – softened
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening (Crisco)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped black walnuts
  • Sugared cranberries, black walnuts, and rosemary to garnish
  • 1 batch Cream Cheese Frosting – (Substitute egg nog for milk.)
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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Use parchment paper to line the bottoms of three 9-inch round baking pans. Using baking spray, coat the whole surface. Remove from the equation.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium mixing basin. Remove from the equation.
  3. Cream the butter, vegetable shortening, and sugar together in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix until the mixture is light and fluffy. One at a time, add the eggs, beating well after each addition. Pour in the vanilla extract. To blend, stir everything together.
  4. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and buttermilk to the creamed mixture. After each addition, continue to beat until smooth. Combine the walnuts and fold them in.
  5. Divide the mixture evenly among the three baking pans. Preheat oven to 350°F and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the middle comes out clean. Cool for 8-10 minutes in the pans before removing to wire racks to cool fully.
  6. Meanwhile, make cream cheese frosting* according to the instructions provided below. To add a Christmas touch, leave out the almond flavor and replace the milk with eggnog.
  7. If necessary, use a serrated knife to level the cakes once they have cooled. Then, between the layers of cake, put roughly 1 cup of frosting. Apply another cup of frosting to the cake’s top. Using an offset spatula, spread an equal, thin layer over the cake.
  8. To serve, decorate with more black walnut pieces, sugared cranberries***, and fresh rosemary sprigs.

Source: Inspired By Charm

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