Glazed Walnut Butter Cake

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Glazed Walnut Butter Cake is a perfectly moist and tender buttery cake filled with walnuts and made with ingredients you already have on hand. This cake gets a delicious glaze and is topped with chopped walnuts and will become a new favorite! 

Glazed Walnut Butter Cake on a white cake stand.

This month we were given a fridge-a-dare and we were challenged to create a delicious recipe featuring walnuts with items we already have on hand. Now this is pretty easy for me because I always have a lot of ingredients on hand. 1: Because  I am a food blogger and 2: because I have this fear of running out of our favorite items. I tend to hoard things like cheese, soy sauce, cream cheese, brown sugar, and other really random items. If the neighbors are ever short on anything, I am their go to gal! ?

As I was talking with my mom about creating a walnut recipe with items I already have, she mentioned that my grandma made the best walnut butter cake. I thought this would be a great recipe to share because it uses ingredients that are all ready in your fridge and cupboard. It is amazing how ingredients you already have on hand can create this incredible Buttery and delicious glazed walnut cake!

Glazed Walnut Butter Cake with one slice being pulled out.

This cake was easily one of the best cakes that I have ever had! Our family really couldn’t get enough of it. I have yet to try a homemade cake that is so moist and tender and literally melts in your mouth. The addition of walnuts in this cake gave it such am amazing texture and crunch and added that nutty flavor of walnuts we all love.

View of the inside of Glazed Walnut Butter Cake

You guys have no excuse not to make this delicious cake! You already have all of the ingredients… what are you waiting for? You are going to love it just as much as we did!

Slice of glazed Walnut Butter Cake on a white plate.

Glazed Walnut Butter Cake

5 from 4 votes
Glazed Walnut Butter Cake is a perfectly moist and tender buttery cake filled with walnuts and made with ingredients you already have on hand. This cake gets a delicious glaze and is topped with chopped walnuts and will become a new favorite!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings: 12


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups all purpose flour sifted
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cups walnuts chopped


  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons milk (3 if you want it to be thinner)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts for topping


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease and flour a bundt pan. (can also use a 9x13)
  • In a large mixing bowl or using a stand mixer add the butter and sugar and cream together. Add the eggs one at a time.
  • Add the sifted flour and baking powder together. Add the flour mixture and milk to the butter mixture alternating the flour and milk as you mix. Fold in chopped walnuts.
  • Pour into your greased and prepared bundt pan. Bake for about 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool.
  • To make the glaze: Whisk together melted butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and milk. Drizzle on top of cooled cake and top with additional chopped walnuts.


Serves: 12

Calories591kcal (30%)Carbohydrates88g (29%)Protein7g (14%)Fat25g (38%)Saturated Fat13g (65%)Cholesterol108mg (36%)Sodium202mg (8%)Potassium177mg (5%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar63g (70%)Vitamin A705IU (14%)Calcium78mg (8%)Iron1.9mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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This post was sponsored by the California Walnut Board. Thank you for allowing me to work with brands that I love. All opinions expressed are my own.

More delicious recipes with Walnuts:

One Pan Crispy Walnut Herb Chicken and Vegetables 

Apple Cream Cheese Crumb Muffins 

Harvest Cobb Chicken Salad 

Chocolate Snowball Cookies

Chocolate Snowball Cookies 



Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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    1. I made half recepie and used almond extract instead of vanilla in a loaf pan. It came out great. Moist and not overly sweet.

  1. 5 stars
    Delicious! Many of my friends loved this cake.
    Thank you for introducing and sharing this good recipe of pound cake with us.

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe!!! I just made this cake for the first time, and it is my new favorite cake!!! My Mom loves it too! I did tweak it a bit for my taste. I substituted one cup of brown sugar for one of the cups of sugar required. I added one teaspoon of cinnamon, and after I glazed it, I topped it with toasted coconut and walnuts. I also garnished it with strawberries. It is a winner of a cake. Very impressive and delicious! I will be taking this cake to many church luncheons. It is a keeper!!!

  3. 5 stars
    Thank you for this wonderful recipe. This cake is delicious. The only change I did 2nd and subsequent times is reducing the sugar as we prefer cakes not very sweet.

    This recipe is a keeper for me.

  4. 5 stars
    Hello! I was wondering about the creme? Ther3s creme in the instructions but not on the ingredientsame list. Just want to know how much to put. Thanks!!

    1. The glaze ingredients are listed underneath the “GLAZE” bullet. It is kind of confusing when reading it.

      1/4 cup butter, melted
      2 cups powdered sugar
      1 teaspoon vanilla
      2 Tablespoons milk, (3 if you want it to be thinner)
      1/2 cup chopped walnuts for topping

  5. A quick question…does the cake take 2 cups of milk? I see it listed in the ingredients twice and just wanted to be sure before I try this. Going to make it for Easter as dessert it looks so yummy and amazing!

  6. I just read the recipe for walnut butter cake, it says milk on two places, then I read the instructions and it has 1 cup cream. What is it 2 cups milk or 1 cup milk and 1 cup cream?

    1. Sorry for the confusion. It is only 1 cup. In the instructions you alternate the flour and milk mixture into the butter mixture but it is only 1 cup milk total.

  7. The cake appears to call for 1 cup of milk two different times. Just checking to see if that is correct. I’d love to make this part of our Easter menu! Love your blog!

    1. So sorry! I fixed that. It is only 1 cup milk total. This would be a great cake for Easter! I hope you love it as much as we did!

  8. Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it! One question though… you listed “1 cup milk” twice in the ingredients for cake… does the cake actually require 2 cups of milk or was this a misprint? Thanks!

      1. The “cream” is the word used to describe what you will be doing with the mixer using the sugar and butter mixture. Hope that helps explain it better for you.

  9. You have 1 cup of milk listed twice. Was wondering if it’s just 1 cup or 2. Can’t wait to try this

  10. I’m not seeing the walnuts in the ingredient list or the instructions for the cake itself. Definitely see them in the photos though!

  11. I’m sorry where do you add any walnuts to the cake itself? The pictures appear to have walnuts within the cake but in the recipe there’s only walnuts on the top. Thanks

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