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Toasted Walnut and Maple Cake Recipe

This post was sponsored by Fisher Nuts and I was supplied nuts and a gift card to facilitate my culinary masterpiece.

Toasted Walnut and Maple Cake Recipe

Toasted Walnut Cake

Ever since I was a little girl my Gramma (sometimes I called her Grams for short) made me a Toasted Walnut Cake for my birthday.  I never wanted any other cake and I never like sharing it either.  As a matter of fact every night before I went to bed I would hide the cake so that no one could eat it.  Sounds extreme I know but unfortunately I had a close relative who had an eating disorder and one year she ate my cake.  Anyway, through the years I knew one thing for certain, in December I would get a piece of my Grammas cake.  It was the one and only time during the year that I got to have it and anyone who knows me knows just how much I LOVED this cake!  I’m not a huge fan of frosting, but this frosting was lighter and less sweet than others.  The cake was always moist and delicious but it was the filling between the two layers that left me craving this cake year round.

Gramma holding my oldest son, Ethan.

Gramma holding my oldest son, Ethan.

As I got older Gramma realized she wouldn’t be around forever and since she never wrote down recipes or measured anything she invited me over to watch her make it.  I watched her create the masterpiece and recorded each of the ingredients but since she didn’t measure anything I could only guess as to the amount she used.  Honestly, I didn’t take the whole thing that seriously because I just assumed Gramma would be around forever to make my birthday cake for me.  I wish I had payed closer attention.  I wish I had written down everything she did and saved it, but I didn’t.   When I moved out of state in 1988 it was the last time I had my birthday cake and in November 2000 my Gramma passed away taking her recipe with her.

Toasted Walnut and Maple Cake 600

Over the last 25 years I have been trying to replicate her cake, but until now I haven’t even come close.  When Fisher Nuts Brand reached out to me earlier this month and offered to send me some walnuts, almonds, and pecans I decided I would try again to figure out the right combination of ingredients for the cake.  This time I incorporated the maple into the recipe and it gave it just enough to make me think that Gramma was smiling down on me for carrying on her famous birthday cake recipe.  Here is the recipe for her Toasted Walnut and Maple Cake…

Toasted Walnut and Maple Cake Recipe
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Lisa Samples
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Serves: 6 to 8
This delicious cake was what my Gramma made for me every year on my birthday.
  • Cake
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 free range eggs
  • 2 ½ cups sifted flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ cup milk


  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup chopped toasted walnuts (recommend Fisher Nut Brand)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 free range egg yolk
  1. Sift flour, salt, and baking powder together at least 3 times and set aside. Beat together shortening, butter, salt and maple extract. Slowly add sugar until creamed together and fluffy. Add free range eggs and beat well until blended into batter. Alternate milk and flour mixture into batter beating continuously.
  2. Place a piece of wax paper inside of 8-inch layer cake pans to cover bottom. Spray with butter or baker’s non-stick spray. Pour batter into two pans equally. Bake at 375° for 20 – 25 minutes. Let cool before adding filling.
  1. Take walnuts and chop with food processor or place in a baggie and pound gently with potato masher or similar item to break nuts into small pieces.
  2. Spread chopped walnuts on a baking sheet in a single layer and bake at 350° for 10 minutes.
  3. In a double boiler dissolve brown sugar with salt, butter, and maple syrup beating continuously. Once the sugar is completely dissolved add egg yolk and cook until thickened beating constantly for up to 5 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes and stir in toasted walnuts. Wait about 15 more minutes and then spread between layers of cake.
  1. Be sure to use a Seafoam Frosting – substitute maple extract for vanilla.

If you are looking for some other great recipes that feature Fisher Nuts be sure to check out their  Lemon Blueberry Loaf,  Walnut & Blueberry French Toast Bake,  Chocolate Raspberry S’mores, and Butter Pecan Ice Cream.   I am going to try the Butter Pecan Ice Cream recipe next week because it sounds delicious and would be the perfect compliment to my cake!

Lately I have been thinking about her a lot.  I miss her.  Gramma, this cake is for you.


  1. Mary Happymommy says

    I’d like to use Fisher Nuts to make carrot cake cupcakes.

  2. I use nuts to make muffins

  3. Amanda Sakovitz says

    I love to make cookies with them

  4. I like to use their walnuts in my banana bread.

  5. Jennifer Marie says

    I like making fudge with them.

  6. Thomas Murphy says

    I like to make brownies with nuts in them.

  7. I use them to make my cookies and put them on the top of my chocolate cakes

  8. I like using nuts for baking.

  9. Mary Ambrosino says

    I would definitely try your recipe.

  10. I use nuts for baking, all kinds.

  11. i like to make a pecan pie, thank you so much fisher and life with lisa!

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  13. Barbara Montag says

    I like walnuts in a Strawberry Spinach Salad – thank you.

  14. Heather Hayes Panjon says

    I Like To Use Nuts For Baking, Cookies , Pies, Cakes And Brownies !

  15. Natalie J Vandenberghe says

    I use pecans and walnuts in my baking–I think nuts make everything taste better! and, I love to toast almonds and put them in salads. Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. rebecca shockley says

    I use them as a salty snacker at family event’s

  17. amy pugmire says

    I love them on a good summer salad

  18. These make great snacks!

  19. Paula Tavernie says

    My favorite use is in Cinnamon Rolls!

  20. Julie Lynn Bickham says

    I like to add fisher nuts to my oatmeal!

  21. Thanks for posting your recipe. I am going to try it

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  23. Cassandra Eastman says

    Would love to make the caramel, apple, pecan cheesecake!

  24. I like to use them in brownie recipes.

  25. Wendy Abbey says

    my favorite way to us them is straight out of the bag and into my mouth

  26. Shauntea Crutcher says

    I would use them in my cookie recipes.

  27. Jacob LaFountaine says

    I like to add them to chocolate brownies to give them a bit of a crunch

  28. my fave use is to make pecan pie

  29. Love the walnuts in an apple, walnut and blue cheese salad with raspberry vinaigrette
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  30. I like to make Oriental Cole Slaw with Fisher Nut almonds.

  31. OH my favorite use it to put the Fisher walnuts in my banana bread!

  32. Jesselyn A/Jesstinger says

    My hubby is a great lover of nuts – and I use them all – all of the time, especially in baking and for snacking…

    … but I’d have to say that we probably enjoy them best and most of all in SALADS. (Especially salads that include fresh and/or dried fruits and cheese – especially blue, goat and feta.

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  33. Rebecca Orr says

    Caramel apple pecan cheesecake.

  34. I like adding walnuts to brownies, but the entree recipes on their site look great, like the Cashew Crusted Salmon.

  35. I love making granola or topping salads with them!

  36. I use them on cakes.

  37. We eat nuts! I keep them out all the time for us to snack on. I put them into our waffles. I put nuts into my banana bread, either walmuts or pecans. We make sticky Pecan buns! I love walnuts in my brownies. Wow, I use a LOT of nuts.

  38. I would use the nuts for different variations of Banana Bread…

  39. I love using nuts in making pies.

  40. Mary Beth Elderton says

    I love to sprinkle Fisher Nuts on salads several times a week. I also add nuts to things like fried rice.

  41. Kim Henrichs says

    I absolutely love their pecans! I use them in my mini chocolate chip cookies always.

  42. I like to add them into cakes and pies!

  43. Dana Rodriguez says

    That cake might be my best way!TYSM for sharing~looks delicious!I pinned it

  44. In baking and salads

  45. I would like to use them to make Pecan-Encrusted Honey Salmon.

  46. I like to use them with brownies!!

  47. Diana Stanhope says

    I like them in my yogurt.

  48. debbie campbell says

    I make banana bread with walnuts

  49. Sharon Kaminski says

    favorite use is in the german chocolate cake frosting

  50. I like them most for baking cookies.

  51. Darlene Carbajal says

    I would just eat them as a snack.

  52. steve weber says

    I put them on ice cream sundaes.

  53. kim burnett says

    I use nuts to make muffins

  54. I put cashews in stir fry dishes and use walnuts in cookies.

  55. I just eat them right out of the bag. It’s my favorite snack.

  56. Dianne McVetty says

    My favorite thing is to eat the Fishers Deluxe Mixed Nuts as a snack or use when I make Party Mix for Christmas. Thanks.

  57. I like to put walnuts in my oatmeal.

  58. Kathie Leveson says

    I like toasted almonds with green beans as a side dish

  59. I use walnuts when I cook a banana nut cake with cream cheese frosting.

  60. I love adding them to brownies.

  61. melissa call says

    I like using in baking

  62. Denise Welch says

    Baking, Cookies , Pies, Cakes And Brownies and eatting them by the hand full

  63. I like them in almond shortbread cookies

  64. I love to candy te pecans and put them on salad!

  65. Patty Broderick-White says

    I like them to make muffins, cakes, and cookies!

  66. wow

  67. I like making banana nut bread!

  68. Kelly Nicholson says

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  69. I use them in oatmeal!

  70. I like to make a mix of nuts and dried cranberries and eat them as a snack!

  71. I love to add them to quick breads and I would love to make Black Raspberry Walnut Torte

  72. In my ice cream!!!! any nut will do!!

  73. Chelsea Haga says

    I would use the nuts to put on as toppings for my greek yogurt! Yum.

  74. I like to make fresh pesto

  75. I like to use the nuts in my brownies and chocolate chip cookies

  76. Colleen Boudreau says


  77. love to make banana bread and cookies with Fisher nuts

  78. I like to add the nuts to the top of my brownies

  79. snacks

  80. I like to put them in my oatmeal.

  81. sandra davis says

    i love baking cookies with nuts, my favorite being chocolate chip cookies with pecans.

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  83. i love baking with the walnuts i make a pumpkin walnut bread and i make fudge with walnuts yum!

  84. Susan Christy says

    I love Fisher Pecans in my brownies.

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  86. I like to add Fisher Nuts to my oatmeal breakfast and my green leaf salads.

  87. Josephine Greco says

    Great prize!

  88. tracey byram says

    I like using Fischer pecans to make pecan twirls.

  89. ice cream pie!

  90. I love to use nuts in salads and in my cookies.

  91. I make banana bread once in a while. Crushed nuts are also yummo on top of ice cream.

  92. I like to put tons of walnuts in my banana bread, zucchini bread, & in chocolate chip cookies!

  93. I like making coffee cake using them

  94. Steve Stone says

    I put them in brownies

  95. I eat walnuts by the handful as a snack, as well as throwing them into salads and into brownies.

  96. I’m a fan of pecan pie.

  97. I like to put them on food for a crunch, especially rice dishes.

  98. I use them in making Banana Nut Bread!

  99. peanut casserole

  100. Pecan pie is my favorite!

  101. i’d use them to either sprinkle in a salad or coat a piece of tilapia with them.

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  102. I like to make homemade trail mix with Fisher nuts! Thank you 🙂

  103. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says

    I ike sprinkling them on my salad or eating them as a snack!

  104. Julie Harris says

    I like to crush them and sprinkle on the top of a healthy stir fry

  105. Annemarie Z. says

    I love to use them when I bake cookies!

  106. in brownies thanks

  107. April Yedinak says

    I like to use them in baking. Especially muffins.

  108. Cookies, lots of cookies

  109. kelley wood says

    i like to put them in baked goods esp brownies 🙂

  110. applesauce walnut cake!

  111. Jennifer T. says

    I love to make pecan sandies.

  112. I use them to make granola!

  113. Lisa Neutel says

    I love to make pecan pie with fisher nuts pecans

  114. I use nuts for baking.

  115. Michelle Spayde says

    I love putting nuts on fresh salads.

  116. Stephanie MacDonald says

    making cookies!!

  117. Stephanie Grant says

    I use them in my Banana Split Cake


  119. I like using the walnuts for making fresh apple cake. Thanks for the chance to win!
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  120. chocolate chip banana nut bread!

  121. Holly Storm-Burge says

    My homemade Pecan Pie!

  122. Nataly Carbonell says

    almond cookies


  1. Toasted Walnut and Maple Cake Recipe

    My favorite cake in the world, made for me every year on my birthday by my Gramma – Toasted Walnut and