Sarah Polks Hickory Cake

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 9m
Ready In

Recipe: #33366

September 19, 2019

"President polks wife hickory nuts were common can use pecans"

Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (326.6 g)
  • Calories 947.2
  • Total Fat - 52.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 24.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 645.8 mg
  • Sodium - 713.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 91.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.4 g
  • Sugars - 51.4 g
  • Protein - 28.3 g
  • Calcium - 232.7 mg
  • Iron - 3.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

Preheat to 350° F.

Step 2

Lightly butter and flour a 10-inch tube pan, and shake out the excess flour.

Step 3

Spray pam

Step 4

Set the pan aside.

Step 5

Place the butter in a large mixing bowl, and beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until creamy, 1 minute. Add the sugar, gradually beating on medium until light and creamy, 2 minutes.

Step 6

Add the egg yolks, one at a time, beating until combined.

Step 7

Set aside.

Step 8

Place the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl and sift to combine.

Step 9

Set aside.

Step 10

Place the egg whites in a large mixing bowl and, with clean beaters, beat on high speed until stiff peaks form, about 4 minutes.

Step 11

Set aside.

Step 12

Stir the lemon juice into the milk. Alternately add the flour mixture and milk to the butter mixture in 3 additions, beating on low speed just to combine. Beat in the hickory nuts and extracts,

Step 13

On low speed until combined.

Step 14

By hand, fold the beaten egg whites into the batter, just until combined.

Step 15

Turn the batter into the prepared pan, smooth the top, and place the pan in the oven.

Step 16

Bake the cake until it is golden brown and begins to pull away from the sides of the pan, 55 to 60 minutes.

Step 17

Remove the cake from the oven, and place the pan on a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of the pan, give the pan a gentle shake, then invert the cake onto the rack to cool, right side up, for 30 minutes. Slice and serve.

Tips & Variations

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