Old-Fashioned Walnut Coffee Cake (with Recipe Video)

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Enjoy this rich, vintage recipe of tender cake with a brown sugar walnut filling.

Enjoy this rich, vintage recipe of tender coffee cake with a brown sugar walnut filling.

I love collecting old cookbooks, but I rarely cook from them. I am not sure why, but I think that having largely ignored my collection was a missed opportunity.

This incredible Walnut Coffee Cake is my adaptation from a cookbook that was originally published in 1938. I made some simple changes and adapted it to modern baking practices and ingredients. I hope you love it as much as our family does.

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To Make This Recipe You Will Need:

  • butter
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • granulated sugar
  • eggs
  • milk
  • vanilla extract
  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • walnuts
  • powdered sugar
  • half and half
  • mixing bowls
  • mixer
  • whisk
  • 10 inch cast iron skillet or cake pan
Enjoy this rich, vintage recipe of tender coffee cake with a brown sugar walnut filling.

Watch Me Make This Recipe in the Video Below:

To begin, preheat your oven to 350° (F).

Coat the inside of a 10 inch cast iron skillet with butter. Set it aside for now.

Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Set it aside.

separating eggs into a mixing bowl

In your mixing bowl, beat the sugar and butter together until fluffy. Add the egg yolks and mix in.

Add half of the dry ingredients and mix in.

Mix in the milk, and then the remaining dry ingredients.

In another bowl, whisk the eggs until stiff peaks form. I use an immersion blender with whisk attachment to make this easy.

egg whites being beaten in a pottery mixing bowl

Fold the egg whites and vanilla extract into the batter.

Spread half of the batter into your prepared pan.

In a bowl, combine the filling ingredients and stir well.

preparing cake filling

Spread the filling over the cake batter in the pan.

Spoon the remaining batter all over the top of the filling.

unbaked old fashioned walnut coffee cake in a cast iron skillet

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the cake tests done with a wooden pick in the center.

Transfer the pan to a cooling rack.

Prepare your glaze if you wish. Put the powdered sugar in a small bowl.

Add the vanilla extract, and just enough half and half (or milk) to make a glaze that is thin enough to drizzle.

mixing glaze ingredients in a pottery mixing bowl

Drizzle the glaze all over the top.

drizzling glaze over the top of the walnut coffee cake

Allow the cake to cool and then enjoy!

Enjoy this rich, vintage recipe of tender coffee cake with a brown sugar walnut filling.
Enjoy this rich, vintage recipe of tender coffee cake with a brown sugar walnut filling.

Old-Fashioned Walnut Coffee Cake

Constance Smith – Cosmopolitan Cornbread
Enjoy this rich, vintage recipe of tender coffee cake with a brown sugar walnut filling.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Course Cakes, Sweets, Treats & Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 353 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

For the Coffee Cake

  • 1/4 c butter, unsalted, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 c granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Filling

  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2/3 c walnuts, finely chopped
  • 2 Tb all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tb butter, unsalted, melted

For the Glaze (optional)

  • 1/2 c powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 Tb half and half, or milk, as needed

Instructions
 

  • To begin, preheat your oven to 350° (F).
  • Coat the inside of a 10 inch cast iron skillet with butter. Set it aside for now.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Set it aside.
  • In your mixing bowl, beat the sugar and butter together until fluffy. Add the egg yolks and mix in.
  • Add half of the dry ingredients and mix in.
  • Mix in the milk, and then the remaining dry ingredients.
  • In another bowl, whisk the eggs until stiff peaks form. I use an immersion blender with whisk attachment to make this easy. Fold the egg whites and vanilla extract into the batter.
  • Spread half of the batter into your prepared pan.
  • In a bowl, combine the filling ingredients and stir well.
  • Spread the filling over the cake batter in the pan.
  • Spoon the remaining batter all over the top of the filling.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the cake tests done with a wooden pick in the center.
  • Transfer the pan to a cooling rack.
  • Prepare your glaze if you wish. Put the powdered sugar in a small bowl.
  • Add the vanilla extract, and just enough milk to make a glaze that is thin enough to drizzle.
  • Drizzle the glaze all over the top.
  • Allow the cake to cool and then enjoy!

Video

Notes

I prepared this cake in a 10 inch cast iron skillet. If you use a baking pan that is of a different size, you may need to adjust the baking time.
This cake can also be made with pecans instead of walnuts as well if you like.

Nutrition

Calories: 353kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 5gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 251mgPotassium: 113mgFiber: 1gSugar: 38gVitamin A: 289IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 144mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional information is auto-generated and the accuracy is not guaranteed.

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This recipe was adapted from The American Woman Cook Book by Ruth Berolzheimer.

2 thoughts on “Old-Fashioned Walnut Coffee Cake (with Recipe Video)”

  1. Going to try this over the weekend. Good time to purchase the Lodge iron skillet too. I’ve had it in my list for a while. Have a blessed day!!

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