Old Fashioned Kentucky Nut Cake


"Simply walnut! I use half butter and half shortening for better flavor. Frost with a buttercream frosting."


servings 240 cals
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Original recipe yields 18 servings



  • Calories:
  • 240 kcal
  • 12%
  • Fat:
  • 14.5 g
  • 22%
  • Carbs:
  • 23.6g
  • 8%
  • Protein:
  • 4.7 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 32 mg
  • 11%
  • Sodium:
  • 201 mg
  • 8%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Sift together flour, salt, and baking powder.
  2. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Combine milk and vanilla, and add alternately with flour mixture to egg mixture. Fold in nuts. Pour into a greased and floured 9 x 13 inch cake pan.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
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  1. 11 Ratings


This cake is absolutely delicious! It smelled so good in the oven that as soon as it came out I had to have a piece. Highly recommended if you have company coming over last minute. No need to fr...

This cake is not a cake it is more like corn bread. Although it is good, it is definitely not a cake in the traditional sense of the word. If you want something dense with a lot of walnuts tha...

I'm so glad I finally found this cake recipe -- we used to make it years ago, but it was lost during a move! It's absolutely wonderful! Enjoy!

This cake was very easy to make and turned out very well! Not to sweet but very moist and delicious.

This cake was a favorite of actress Irene Dunne, who was from KY. It is a favorite of my youth. This recipe is nearly identical to my Mother's. It is a superb cake, with a light crumb. The walnu...

I didn't have enough walnuts so I substituted chopped macadamia nuts instead. Wow!

Not a sweet cake, but very nice. I made it for my husband's birthday. We liked it, the kids did not. Definitely a "grown up" cake.

Excellent flavor!

I thought this cake was too dry. Needed more flavor.