Cherry Nut Cake {Granny's Recipe}

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Cherry Nut Cake, three layers of spice cake with a blanket of rich caramel filling adorned with candied cherries and walnuts scattered throughout each layer. 

Cherry Nut Cake

Family traditions during the holidays are what makes memories. My Mother would always make this Cherry Nut Cake around Thanksgiving and Christmas.

You might think you are eating one big piece of candy with each bite. I like to call it my "Very Merry Christmas Cake"!

Cherry Nut Cake
Original Cooking with K recipe

Ingredients: Cake
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup walnuts, whole
  • 1 pkg. candied cherries

Ingredients: Filling
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
Directions: Cake
Preheat oven 350 degrees F. Grease and flour three 9 inch cake pans; set aside.

In bowl of mixer, cream sugar and butter until fluffy. In a medium bowl, mix dry ingredients. Add to sugar and butter mixture alternating with buttermilk. Fold in nuts.

Pour batter into prepared cake pans. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until the cake tester comes out clean.

Invert cake onto wax paper and cool. While cake is cooling prepare filling.

Directions: Filling
In a medium saucepan on medium heat, melt butter. Add sugar, milk, and corn syrup. Cook until a soft boil stage or 240 degrees on a candy thermometer.

Once filling has reached soft boil stage, take off the burner and beat until golden and thick enough to spread.

Spread filling on first layer of cake (not on sides). Sprinkle whole walnuts and candied cherries over filling.

Place the next layer of cake on top of the walnuts and cherries and repeat the process.

A "Little" Tidbit

He who is of a merry heart has a continual feast.
(Proverbs 15:15b)

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  1. Family traditions are what make each family unique! I'm drooling over this cake! It looks divine.

  2. This cake looks delicious! I love family traditions...they make the holidays so much fun to look forward to.

  3. Wow! What a fabulous looking cake! I love anything cherry-flavored for the holidays ;) I also love family traditions, especially recipes :)

  4. That cake looks and sounds fantastic. Spice cake is one of my absolute favorites and that caramel filling sounds divine. By the way, I'm holding a giveaway on my blog for Orglamix Organic makeup and you're welcome to come by and enter.

  5. This is great! I think I can make some of this for my grand mom since she used to bake some cookies for us when we were kids. Now it's time to bake some cake for her.

  6. Anonymous10/14/2011

    Yum! I'd like to try this and substitute almonds!

  7. this looks so pretty and i bet is very yummy come see what I shared at

  8. Beautiful looking cake!
    I have not doubt it's delicious too

  9. Anonymous1/30/2012

    Looks very yummy... love the cherries. Pat

  10. wowie how how the top is decorated!

  11. I just saw your post on Tea party Tuesday. This recipe sounds delicious, and would be great for Valentine's Day Dessert! I am a new follower. Pat

    1. Welcome Patsy to CWK...hope you stop by often!

  12. Mmmmm - I can taste it now! So nice of you to preserve and share your mother's recipe. Neither my mother or grandmother were particularly good in the kitchen :(... You're quite blessed to have your mother and grandmother's recipes.

    Nice meeting you - have a great week.


  13. Looks good. Just wondering if anyone has tried this recipe.. I noticed it didn't have any eggs.

    1. The recipe is correct. There are no eggs. It is a dense moist delicious!


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