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A slice of Walnut Cake on a plate on a table top with some walnuts on the table top.

How to Make Walnut Cake: The Ultimate Recipe

Indulge in the rich flavors of Walnut Cake with brown sugar icing—a perfect treat for any celebration or a family gathering.

  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 10-12 servings 1x



250g (1 cup) Butter

180g (3/4 cup) Sugar

200g (1 2/3 cups) Flour

2 tsp (10g) Baking Powder

1 tsp (5g) Salt

4 Eggs

90ml (1/3 cup) Milk

1 tsp (5ml) Vanilla Extract

150g (1 1/2 cups) Chopped Walnut

135g (2/3 cup) Brown Sugar

45ml (3 tbsp) Milk

75g (1/3 cup) Butter

200g (1 2/3 cups) Powdered Sugar


Walnut Cake Batter

  1. Cream the butter and sugar together
  2. Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix
  3. In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt
  4. Add to the batter in three parts
  5. Alternating with the milk
  6. When the batter is homogeneous, add the walnut pieces
  7. Pour the batter into your greased 8inch springform mold
  8. Bake at 350°F for 50min to an hour or until it is fully baked
  9. Let it rest 10 minutes before unmolding
  10. Let it cool down completely

Brown Sugar Icing

  1. In a saucepan, bring the butter, milk, and brown sugar to a boil
  2. Immediately take off the heat
  3. Let it cool down completely
  4. Transfer in a bowl
  5. Using a hand mixer, mix while gradually adding the powdered sugar
  6. Add until the texture is right


  1. Cut the cake into 3 pieces
  2. Add a third of the icing to the first piece
  3. Place the second piece over the icing
  4. Add more icing and the last piece of cake
  5. Add the rest of the icing
  6. Decorate with roasted walnuts
  7. Enjoy!
  • Author: Sandrine Pearson
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50-60 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Western
  • Diet: Vegetarian