Black Walnut Cake – Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine's Day

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
3 cups sugar
5 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped black walnuts
Zest from 1 Orange

1.Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10 inch tube pan.
2.In a large bowl, cream together the butter, shortening, and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing just until the yellow disappears. Combine the flour, baking powder, and cinnamon; stir into the creamed mixture alternately with the milk. Stir in the vanilla and walnuts, and pour into the prepared pan.
3.Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until a knife or toothpick inserted into the crown comes out clean. Cool in the pan for about 15 minutes before turning out of the pan onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Top with Chocolate Genache or Drizzle warm chocolate chips and your favorite sprinkles: Valentines, etc…
Depending upon the size cake or cupcake you will probably cook somewhere between 18 minutes and 40 for a full size cake.
325 degree oven.

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