Walnut Coffee Cake

Walnut Coffee Cake like Porto's

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So, a few months ago, I wanted a piece of coffee cake, specifically the coffee cake at Porto’s in Glendale. Instead, I got out my wonderful American Woman’s Cookbook, copyright 1942, and had a look in there. I found a recipe that looked good but didn’t have the ingredients. By the time I got the ingredients, I had forgotten about the cake, and just put them in the cupboard. Today, I remembered they were there, and decided to make the cake.

I was surprised at how easy it was to make, but what really blew me away was how it was almost exactly the same cake as Porto’s in Glendale! Porto’s cake is larger, but that just means increasing the ingredients if I want one that large, but since we have a small family, this works out perfectly.

Walnut Coffee Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 1
This simple to make coffee cake will remind you of the coffee cake at Porto's in Glendale.
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp shortening
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup flour, sifted
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp milk
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Grease and flour a square cake pan, or deep pie pan.
  3. Beat the egg white until it is stiff and set aside,
  4. Beat the egg yolk until it is creamy and set aside.]
  5. Cream the shortening and sugar together, add the beaten egg yolk, and the sifted dry ingredients alternately with the milk. Add the vanilla. Fold in the stiffly beaten egg white.
  6. Spread half this mixture into your prepared pan.
  1. Mix all the ingredients together, then spread half over the mixture in the pan. Add the rest of the cake batter, and spread the remaining mixture of the filling on top.
  2. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.
  1. While the cake is baking, make the icing. Remove the cake from the oven, and pour the icing over it. Let cool a while, but serve warm.
The batter may seem very thick, but it in fact perfect.


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