Walnut Syrup Cake with Vanilla Creme Filling

Greek Sweets
Yesterday was my husband’s birthday, and although Greeks don’t really celebrate birthdays, THIS American girl surely does!!! V requested strawberry cake but there were no strawberries to be found yet on the island, maybe in a couple of weeks. Instead, I made a double layer walnut cake and filled it with his favorite vanilla creme (instant and hassle free)!

In Greek this cake is called Καρυδόπιτα, pronounced Karidopita, and is very popular here in Greece. You can find it in any sweet shop and it is commonly served for dessert after a meal in a taverna. Most recipes do not call for any flour, but I used a cup of flour in place of a cup of the bread crumbs. I preferred a slightly smoother texture and it turned out wonderful. 
The addition of the vanilla creme was to fancy it up a bit and make it more special for the one I love. I also had been thinking of trying to create a new or slightly different recipe to highlight in another nice Greek blog, called Kopiaste, meaning “Come on in” or an invitation! There, she is hosting a “Creative Concoctions” for coming up with new or tweaked dessert recipes. I thought this cake would be just perfect!!! 

Thankfully, the birthday boy just loved it too! The combination of walnut and vanilla creme were perfect together. Walnut cake is also amazingly delicious when served with ice cream!!! Now that it is almost summer, maybe you could even add a scoop or two of your favorite ice cream! I served a slice with a cup of strong coffee to counter balance the sweetness and they also went hand in hand, for dessert or breakfast 🙂

Walnut Cake Recipe:
Printable Recipe
1 cup + 2 Tbsp. butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar

6 eggs, separated, room temperature
zest and juice of 1 orange
1-2 T. brandy

3/4 – 1 cup farina (AP Flour or semolina)
1 cup fine bread crumbs
2 tsp. baking powder
1 T. cinnamon
1/2-1 tsp. clove, optional
1 1/2 cups chopped, toasted walnuts
Instant package of vanilla filling and needed milk, optional

Prepare the oven to 175°/350°. Prepare 2 small round cake pans: buttered and lined with parchment paper or one regular cake pan. Beat butter and sugar until fluffy and smooth. Continue mixing and add one yolk at a time, scraping the bowl and mixing after each addition until all 6 eggs are added. Stir in brandy, orange zest and juice, and mix until all combined. In a separate bowl combine flour, bread crumbs, b. powder, cinnamon, and walnuts. In another medium bowl, beat the egg whites to stiff peaks. Slowly alternate combining the dry mix with the egg whites, mixing well after each addition. Evenly pour batter into the cake pan(s) and bake about 20-40 minutes depending on size of pan or until a knife comes out clean in the center of the cake. Cool on wire racks. Prepare the syrup mixture (below) and let boil for 5 minutes, remove from heat and cool slightly. Gently place the first cake layer on your platter and spoon a third of the syrup on until absorbed, add the vanilla creme and gently place on second layer, finally spoon another third of the remaining syrup onto the top cake. Reserve the remaining syrup to add just before serving or if you have a cake platter or dish with a lip to hold the syrup, continue to add all of it. If you are making one cake, simply add all the syrup at once. It works best if either your cake or syrup are hot/warm and the other has slightly cooled.

Simple Syrup Recipe:
2 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 cinnamon stick
1 clove or nutmeg berry
1 lemon slice


6 thoughts on “Walnut Syrup Cake with Vanilla Creme Filling

  1. Jacquline, thank you very much for linking your recipe to Creative Concoctions. It's a pleasure discovering your blog and shall be adding you to my blogroll as well as subscribing to your blog. Happy belated birthday wishes to your husband and your cake sounds and looks amazing.

  2. this is one of my favorite dessert cakes. I like how you added the vanilla cream in the middle. I have made this in awhile….Hhhhmmmm…maybe for Mom's day?? Cheers!!

  3. Jacqueline, I have really enjoyed reading your blog! The cake looks delicious and if I didn't have a beach vacation coming up I would make it today! Your photography is beautiful too.

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