Delicious and Rich Tyrolean Nut Cake Recipe

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Delicious and Rich Tyrolean Nut Cake Recipe
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
60 mins
Total Time:
80 mins
Recipe by Administrator
Published on September 18, 2023

Sink your teeth into the delightful flavors of Tyrolean Nut Cake (Tiroler Nusskuchen). This traditional dessert from the Austrian Alps features a moist and nutty cake base made with ground hazelnuts and walnuts, complemented by a sweet and creamy rum glaze. Perfect for tea time or as a delectable dessert, this recipe will transport your taste buds to the charming region of Tyrol.


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup ground hazelnuts
  • 1 cup ground walnuts
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup dark rum
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a round cake pan.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, ground hazelnuts, ground walnuts, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate large bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredient mixture and milk to the butter mixture, alternating between the two, starting and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. While the cake is baking, prepare the rum glaze by combining the powdered sugar, lemon juice, water, and rum in a small saucepan.
  9. Cook the glaze over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar has dissolved and the glaze has thickened slightly.
  10. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Then, transfer the cake to a wire rack.
  11. Pour the warm rum glaze over the slightly cooled cake, allowing it to soak in and form a glossy finish.
  12. Let the cake cool completely before serving. Slice and enjoy!

Interesting Facts

  • Tyrolean Nut Cake is a popular treat during the Christmas season in the Tyrol region of Austria.
  • The combination of ground hazelnuts and walnuts gives this cake a rich and nutty flavor.
  • Rum is a common ingredient in Austrian desserts and adds a delightful warmth to the glaze.
  • This cake can be enjoyed on its own or served with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.