An excellent treat to bake and take to picnics, barbecues and pot luck socials. This crowd pleaser is a triple layer of nuts, chocolate with nuts and luscious vanilla frosting.

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract (yes, tablespoon!)
2 cups all purpose unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups chopped walnuts
2 squares (2 ounces) unsweetened chocolate, melted

5 tablespoons all-purpose unbleached flour
1 cup milk
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 13″ x 9″ baking pan.

Prepare the cake:
Cream the butter and sugar together; beat in the eggs and vanilla. Mix in the flour and salt until well blended; fold in the walnuts. Spread half of the batter into the prepared baking pan.

Add the melted chocolate to the remaining batter in the bowl and mix well. Carefully spread the chocolate batter over the batter in the pan. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes. When the cake is done it will spring back when touched in the center and a pick inserted in the center will come out clean. Place the pan on a rack and cool completely.

Prepare the frosting:
Mix the flour and milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stirring constantly, cook for about 10 minutes until a thick paste forms. Cool completely. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and confectioners’ sugar. Add the vanilla and mix thoroughly. Slowly add the milk mixture to the creamed butter mixture. Beat for approximately 5 minutes. Spread the frosting over the cake.

Tightly cover the cake with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.

Yield: 20 – 24 servings.

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