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Making walnut cakes from scratch is easy and my Hungarian Walnut Cake is filled with a creamy chocolate rum centre you’ll love.
It’s coming up to that time of year for swooning, sending flowers to that special someone, and even preparing a special meal or dessert.
Valentine’s Day is here, and this Hungarian Walnut Cake is the perfect treat, especially if you are a walnut lover.
Valentine’s Day and Walnut Cake Spell LOVE
Valentine’s Day means our kids coming home and counting how many Valentine’s Day cards they received.
My husband and I joke with them until they blush, “ooh, lots of girlfriends/boyfriends then.”
We don’t go overboard buying each other gifts for Valentine’s Day, as we tend to leave the excitement to the kids.
I enjoy making a romantic meal with a delicious dessert, and Hungarian Walnut Cake is what we are having this February 14.
Don’t get me wrong, in our younger days, we bought red roses, Valentine’s cards and chocolates or a romantic meal out on the town.
If we did that today, we’d have to budget this night on the town as a projected expense because Valentine’s Day is costly.
These days I leave a sweet note in his lunch bag and make a unique Valentine’s Day cookie for him.
He loves it.
I also make either a delicious cake or a special meal that he enjoys that is not out of our budget limit.
The two most common major species of walnuts are grown for their seeds – the Persian or English Walnut and the Black Walnut.
Walnuts are rounded, single-seeded stone fruits of the walnut tree commonly used for the meat after fully ripening.
The shell encloses the kernel or meat, which is usually made up of two halves separated by a partition.
Walnut meats are available in two forms; in their shells or shelled.
Walnuts can be toasted, candied, or even turned into delicious walnut butter.
You may even find a luscious walnut oil great for salads and other recipes.
How should you keep walnuts?
The ideal temperature for longest possible storage of walnuts is in the -3 to 0 oC and low humidity — for industrial and home storage.
Walnuts, like other tree nuts, must be processed and stored properly.
Poor storage makes walnuts susceptible to insect and fungal mold infestations.
If your walnuts are moldy don’t try and think you can save them.
Just toss them in the garbage and find a better way to store and use your walnuts before they go off.
Health Benefits Of Walnuts
Are walnuts healthy?
Walnuts are a nutrient-dense food: 100 grams of walnuts contain 15.2 grams of protein, 65.2 grams of fat, and 6.7 grams of dietary fiber.
The protein in walnuts provides many essential amino acids.
Wow, I learned lots about walnuts, and that’s why I enjoy researching different products that I use.
When you think about the food you eat it makes it easier to create new recipes.
Hungarian Walnut Cake
I like to create easy cake recipes from scratch, so today I will show you how to make this Hungarian Walnut cake.
The cake is so light and airy that your special someone will ask for “more please” after one slice.
Tempting? Please wait until you see what the cake ingredients are because only then will I see how I get the cake to become moist and airy.
This cake is filled with a creamy Nutella centre with a bit of rum in it.
If you don’t prefer the rum, you can add milk to make it an even creamier filling.
When baking the cake, be mindful of the times and your oven, as every oven is different.
I like to test my cakes the old-school way by inserting a toothpick in the middle to see if it comes out clean.
That is how I know for sure the cake is made.
You don’t want to over-bake it, which makes it dry.
How To Make Hungarian Walnut Cake
Hungarian Walnut Cake
- Total cooking time 20-25 mins (Baking time will vary depending on your oven)
- Makes one 20″ round cake
- Oven temp 180oC/375 Degrees
- Recipe Type: Dessert
- Author: Nicola Don
- Prep time: 20 mins
- Cook time: 20 mins
- Total time: 40 mins
- Serves: 1
This Hungarian cake is easy to make but moist and full of chocolate with a splash of rum in the cream filling.
- Walnut Cake
- Three eggs separated
- 1/2 cup extra fine sugar/caster sugar/granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla essence/extract
- 2/3 cup cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup finely ground walnuts
- Cream filling
- 1/2 cup chocolate peanut butter or Nutella
- 1/4 cup icing sugar
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup Rum or milk (If you aren’t a fan of rum, use the milk) The rum will give the filling a distinct rum flavour whereas the milk will make the filling creamier.
- Brush the cake tin with either butter or oil, then line the base with parchment paper.
- Place egg whites in a bowl and beat until they form stiff peaks
- Beating constantly, add the sugar gradually until it has dissolved and becomes thick and glossy.
- Add egg yolks and beat for 20 secs.
- Transfer to a large bowl and, using a large metal spoon, fold in the sifted cornstarch and baking powder, alternating with the walnuts folding quickly and lightly to not to deflate the air in the egg whites too much.
- Empty the mixture into the tin and bake for 20-25 mins or until the cake is lightly golden and comes away from the side of the tin.
- Wait 5 mins before taking the cake out of the tin and cool it on a rack before slicing it in half.
- Filling Instructions:
- Place all ingredients into a bowl and mix until fully combined for the filling.
- Spread half of the filling on one half and then top with the other half.
- Now spread the remaining filling on top.
- You can decorate with either more walnuts and shaved chocolate or with a dusting on icing sugar.
There is a gorgeous Hungarian Walnut cake that’s easy to make with everyday pantry ingredients.
Coffee and walnut cake are the perfect start to the day if you’re like me.
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