Walnut Cocoa Cake

Walnut Cocoa Cake

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  • Prep: 25 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total: 55 min
  • Serving: 8

Walnut Cocoa Cake is an elegant layer cake flavored with cinnamon and orange peel.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • cocoa
  • 2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon each cinnamon, nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1-1/4 cups walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 pound box confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup light cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Cream shortening and sugar together in bowl until light. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  2. Add honey and 2 teaspoons orange peel, beating until light and creamy.
  3. Sift 1/3 cup cocoa and next 5 dry ingredients together. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Stir in 3/4 cup walnuts.
  4. Pour into 2 greased and floured 9 inch layer pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes or until cake tests done.
  5. Let cake stand for 5 minutes. Turn onto wire racks to cool.
  6. Combine 1/4 cup cocoa and butter in mixer bowl. Add confectioners' sugar and cream beating until smooth. Stir in vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon orange peel, mixing well.
  7. Spread between layers and over top and side of cake. Pat remaining 1/2 cup walnuts around side.

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