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Walnut Loaf Cake Recipe

Walnut Loaf Cake

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  • Author: Trisha Jones
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf cake 1x


A juicy vanilla walnut loaf cake, just perfect for afternoon tea or a midday snack. Delicious, and packed with goodness.


Units Scale
  • 1 3/4 cups (200g) walnuts, shelled & roasted
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter (125g), softened
  • 1 cup (210g) caster sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups (210g) plain flour
  • 1 tsp (5g) baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence


Prepare the Loaf Pan

  1. Grease and Line: Grease a loaf pan and line it with parchment paper for easy removal.

Preheat the Oven

  1. Set Temperature: Preheat your oven to 325°F (160°C).

Prepare the Walnuts

  1. Crush Walnuts: Using a food processor or a pestle and mortar, crush the walnuts until they are coarsely ground.

Cream Butter and Sugar

  1. Mix: In a mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and caster sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Add Eggs

  1. Incorporate Eggs: Beat in the eggs one at a time, making sure each is well incorporated before adding the next.

Incorporate Dry Ingredients

  1. Mix Dry Ingredients: Sift together the flour and baking powder. Gradually add to the creamed mixture, mixing until just combined.

Add Final Ingredients

  1. Add Flavorings: Stir in the vanilla essence and yogurt, then fold in the crushed walnuts.

Fill the Loaf Pan

  1. Pour the Batter: Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan, smoothing the top with a spatula.


  1. Cooking Time: Bake for about 60 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. If the top browns too quickly, cover loosely with foil.

Cool and Serve

  1. Cooling: Allow the loaf to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  2. Serving Suggestion: Serve slices of walnut loaf with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


  • Walnut Prep: Toasting the walnuts before crushing them can enhance their flavor.
  • Checking Doneness: Start checking the loaf for doneness after 50 minutes to prevent over-baking.
  • Storage: This loaf can be wrapped in cling film and stored at room temperature for several days or frozen for longer storage.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 60 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: British
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