I don't know anyone who doesn't love this dessert. The nuts soaked in rum make this cake especially tasty. To serve, slice like you would a loaf of bread. Serve with whipped cream.


Recipe Summary

40 mins
1 hr 45 mins
2 hrs 55 mins
30 mins
1 9-inch log cake


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


Instructions Checklist
  • Pour rum over ground walnuts in a small bowl; soak for 1 hour.

  • Grease and flour a 9-inch log mold.

  • Mix 1/3 cup butter and 1/2 cup plus 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar together with an electric mixer in a large bowl; beat in egg yolks until light and fluffy. Add milk, flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder; mix until smooth a batter forms.

  • Whisk egg whites in a separate bowl until soft peaks form. Lift your beater or whisk straight up: the egg whites will form soft mounds.

  • Spoon 1/3 of the egg whites into batter using a rubber spatula. Gently run spatula around the edges of the mixture lifting the bottom up and over the center, repeating until well incorporated. Add remaining egg whites, folding just until blended.

  • Pour batter into prepared log mold and place in cold oven (not preheated).

  • Set oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C); bake for 15 minutes. Increase oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C); bake until top springs back when lightly pressed, 25 to 30 minutes more.

  • Cool cake in the pan for 15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely, about 30 minutes more.

  • Blend 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter and 1/2 cup sugar together with walnut and rum mixture. Transfer cooled cake to serving platter; cut in half lengthwise. Spread walnut mixture evenly over bottom half of cake; replace cake top; slice vertically to serve.

Cook's Notes:

Walnuts can be soaked in rum for several hours or overnight, if desired. Adjust the amount of rum as needed to ensure walnuts are fully covered, but not floating.

A 9-inch loaf pan can be substituted for the log mold.

For a layered cake, cut lengthwise into thirds, spreading walnut mixture onto each layer.

Nutrition Facts

455 calories; protein 4.1g; carbohydrates 37.2g; fat 32.3g; cholesterol 121.4mg; sodium 313.3mg. Full Nutrition