Grandma’s Walnut Cake

My mom loves walnut cake so I’m trying out a few recipes.  This one has some delicious orange and cinnamon added for spice.


1 cup butter, softened
2½ cups sugar
zest + juice of one orange
2 tablespoons triple sec
4 eggs
2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
1 cup whole wheat flour, sifted
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground clove
3/4 cup milk
1 cup walnuts, chopped


¼ cup butter, melted
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons milk
½ cup chopped walnuts for topping


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease and flour a bundt pan.

In a large mixing bowl or using a stand mixer add the butter and sugar and cream together.  Add zest and mix. Add the eggs one at a time. Add juice of orange and triple sec. Mix on high for one minute.

Add the sifted flour, cinnamon, ginger, clove, and baking powder together. Add the flour mixture and milk to the butter mixture alternating the flour and milk as you mix. Fold in chopped walnuts.

Pour into your greased and prepared bundt pan. Bake for about 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool.

To make the glaze: Whisk together melted butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and milk. Drizzle on top of cooled cake and top with additional chopped walnuts.

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