Old-Fashioned Walnut Cake

(From Great British Cooking: A Well-Kept Secret  by Jane Garmey)

This simple cake made with ground walnuts is distinctive for its crunchy white glaze. A great tea cake, similar to a cherished British favorite, the Fuller’s Walnut Cake.

4 ounces unsalted butter

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar

2 eggs

1 cup plus 1 ½ tablespoons flour

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

1/2 cup coarsely ground walnuts

6 walnut halves

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and beat well. Sift the flour and baking powder and mix them and the ground walnuts into the mixture.

Pour the batter into a well-greased 7-inch cake pan and bake for approximately 25-30 minutes. (Test with a knife to see if the cake is set.)

After removing the cake from the oven, allow it to rest for 5 minutes before turning it onto a rack. Let it cool fully before icing it with Glazed White Icing. Decorate the top with the walnut halves.

Glazed White Icing:

1 egg white

1 ½ cups confectioner’s sugar

Pinch of salt

1 teaspoon heavy cream

Beat the egg white until stiff. Sift the sugar and add it and the salt to the egg white. Continue to beat until the icing is soft and thick and stands up in small peaks. Add the cream and beat a little more.

Spread the icing over the cake and allow it to set for at least three hours.