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German Walnut Kuchen – Pilar’s Chilean Food & Garden

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Chilean Walnut KuchenWalnut Kuchen is an old Chilean recipe; I remember eating something like this growing up. It was probably brought to Chile during German immigration. This particular recipe comes from a new Chilean cookbook, “Cocina de Mercado,” which is a great book. It is highly recommended. The kuchen is light and not overly sweet, best enjoyed with coffee. My USA friends called it cake and really liked it.

You may also be interested in the recipe: Walnut Dulce de Leche Cake.


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German Walnut Kuchen

German Walnut Kuchen

It is an easy and delicious cake.

  • Total Time:
    1 hour and 15 minutes

  • Yield:
    16 1x




For the dough,

For the filling,


  1. Preheat oven to 180C or 350F.
  2. Butter a round cake pan of 22 cm in diameter (9″) or 20×20 square (9″x9″).
  3. In a medium bowl beat butter with a fork until creamy, add the sugar and beat until creamy, add the egg and beat well until incorporated fully into the mix. Add the flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix to form a soft dough. Scoop the batter into the pan and spread with a spoon or your wet fingers.
    Batter spread out
  4. Form an even layer and bake for 12-15 minutes until lightly browned.
    Baked kuchen base
  5. For the filling, chop the nuts, should be quite small as seen in the picture.Chopped walnuts
  6. In a bowl mix the nuts with the condensed milk and egg, a pinch of salt, stir to mix. Add the melted butter and stir well.
  7. Pour over baked dough (hot) and cover the pan with foil.Filling for walnut kuchen
    Kuchen covered with aluminum foil
  8. Bake for 30 minutes, remove gently and carefully the foil.
  9. Bake 10-13 minutes until golden. Let cool entirely on a wire rack, refrigerate before cutting and serving.
    Chilean Walnut Kuchen
  • Author: Pilar Hernandez
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven-baked
  • Cuisine: Chilean


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 396
  • Sugar: 23.3 g
  • Sodium: 62.1 mg
  • Fat: 26.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 10 g
  • Carbohydrates: 35.1 g
  • Fiber: 1.6 g
  • Protein: 7 g

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Chilean Walnut Kuchen

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