Greek Walnut Cake #SundaySupper

Greek Walnut Cake

I remember distinctly the day I saw My Big Fat Greek Wedding.  It was the middle of summer.  One of my favorite baby sitters was helping my mom out.  She was still awesome, but had a kid of her own, so that complicated things, including making going to the movies almost impossible.

Knowing that it wasn’t always easy to make plans around her youngster or have a crying baby in the middle of a restaurant, one day she dropped her kid off at her mom’s house so we could have the day to ourselves.

Greek Walnut Cake

We turned the radio in the car up loud and headed straight for the movie theater.  We bought our tickets and then snacks.  I was in a nacho phase then and she always got the largest soda available.

I don’t remember a ton about the movie itself, which is so odd considering the day stands out in my mind.  I’m not sure I liked it that much, but I was a naïve child sometimes and movies went waaaaay over my head.  I’m excited to revisit My Big Fat Greek Wedding and check out the sequel.

Greek Walnut Cake

While I rewatch the first movie, I am definitely going to be enjoying another piece of this Greek Walnut Cake.  Awhile back when I received Debbie Matenopoulos’ cookbook It’s All Greek to Me, I knew I wanted to make this cake, and now I finally got to it.

Greek Walnut Cake

I’m glad I did.  The cake is super moist thanks to the soaking syrup and full of walnuts, cinnamon, and a hint of lemon.  It definitely makes a great dessert, but it is also breakfast and tea time appropriate.  Cake for breakfast is always a win in my book!

Greek Walnut Cake

Greek Walnut Cake #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 18 pieces



3 cups walnut halves, finely chopped

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

4 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon kosher salt

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

½ cup milk (I used almond, use what you love)


2 cups water

2 cups granulated sugar

2 2-inch pieces fresh lemon peel, yellow part only


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a 9 by 13 inch baking pan.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. I did this by hand but a hand or stand mixer would work as well. Beat in the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla and lemon juice. The mixture may look curdled, this is okay.

In a medium bowl, stir together chopped walnuts, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Alternately add the walnut mixture and the milk to the butter mixture. Mix just until a batter is formed.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake about 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.

Make the syrup while the cake cools slightly. In a medium sauce pan, bring water, sugar, and lemon peel to a boil. Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes, until reduced to the consistency of maple syrup. Remove the lemon peel and immediately pour over the cake.

Serve warm or at room temperature. Cake may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or frozen in pieces, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the microwave about 1 minute.


Recipe adapted from It’s All Greek to Me by Debbie Matenopoulos

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  1. SO moist and tempting–I would need a bigger slice! Happy Easter!

  2. What a great treat for Easter!

  3. I’m glad you made the walnut cake, too. I forgot that actress Debbie Matenopoulos was a foodie. So glad you adapted and shared her recipe =) P.s. How nice that you had a caring babysitter. And how great that your grownup self can enjoy the sequel.

  4. This cake looks great and and I love the story behind your seeing the first My Big Fat Greek Wedding!

  5. I’ve never ever heard of Greek Walnut Cake, but after drooling over these photos I’ve decided I NEED it 😉

  6. Oh boy – this is going on my must try list! I don’t remember loving the first Big Fat Greek Wedding either but I’m definitely gonna give the second one a shot!

  7. I had got some Greek walnut cake at a bakery last year and it was fabulous- I recommend anyone try this recipe.

  8. That was a fun movie. Don’t remember that much about it either, although it was years and years ago that I saw it. Anyway, this cake is awesome — looks terrific, and I’ll bet its flavor is even better. Thanks!


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