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Walnut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Walnut Cake with Cream Cheese FrostingDeliciously moist cake loaded with walnuts covered with cream cheese frosting. A sprinkling of chopped toasted walnuts adds crunch and flavor. Here is an easy dessert recipe for Walnut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Ingredients:
Cake
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups ground walnuts

Cream Cheese Frosting
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup butter, softened
5 to 5 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts, toasted

Procedures:
Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour three 9-inch round cake pans; set aside.

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in medium bowl; set aside.

In another mixing bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk and vanilla. Beat on low speed just until combined. Fold in ground walnuts.

Pour batter into prepared cake pans. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 5 to 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire rack to cool completely.

To make the frosting, beat cream cheese and butter in a mixing bowl. Add sugar, mixing well. Add vanilla and beat until smooth. Spread between layers and over top and sides of cake. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts over top.

Store leftover Walnut Cake in the refrigerator.

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