Vanilla Wafer Cake

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Servings: 12
Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy

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Butter, for greasing pan
Flour, for dusting pan
6 eggs
2 cups sugar
One 12-ounce box vanilla wafers, crushed
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 cup chopped pecans, or your favorite nut
1/2 cup milk
Butter, optional
Whipped cream, optional
Berries, optional
Caramel sauce, optional





Cook’s Note: An easy way to crush your vanilla wafers is to place half of the box at a time in a gallon zipper-seal bag and roll over them with a rolling pin or glass, then repeat with the other half.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease and flour a tube or Bundt pan.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs well. Mix the sugar, vanilla wafers, coconut, pecans and milk into the eggs.

Pour the mixture into the tube or Bundt pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Let sit in the pan for 10 minutes, and then turn out onto a plate. Allow to cool completely.

If desired, heat 1 tablespoon butter in a small saute pan. Cut a 1-inch slice of cake, butter both sides and toast in the butter. Add a dollop of whipped cream and serve with berries. Drizzle with caramel sauce. Repeat with remaining cake slices.

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Just made this last night; instead of making it in a bundt cake pan I made it in a 11x15 sheet cake pan then cut the cake in cubes, layered it with crushed vanilla wafer cookies, banana pudding and banana's. This was a hit at work, will definitely be using this for summer cookouts and holidays!

By Angela H. on June 04, 2013


Just made this cake today to bring in to work tomorrow. Instead of using a Bundt, I spread it out evenly in a 11x15 sheet pan, cut it into cubes and layered it with crushed vanilla wafers, banana pudding filling and banana's and made mini parfaits with the remaining cake pieces and pudding mixture. This will definitely be a go to for summer holiday cookouts!

By Angela H. on June 03, 2013


Saw this on your show and had to have it.

By Nellie on February 22, 2013


i wouldd like to make a vanilla cake

By daisy on February 16, 2013


I have been this cake several times. It is a definate hit in our house. Well today my neighbor brought it over as a Thank You to my husband and I. I can't keep my hands out of it. It is so moist and delicious. And so very easy to make. I love vanilla wafers and being that is the main ingredients I love this cake. Yummy!

By Angie on January 07, 2013


I have made this cake twice and both times it was a huge success. I saw this recipe when she had it on her television show with the woman who originally had it as a family recipe and it looked and sounded good that day. I looked it up online immediately and have been glad I did ever since. I have made it two Christmas's in a row and will do it for a third I am sure. Easy and good!

By Nancy on December 14, 2012


I made this last Christmas and it was wonderful! I am attending a holiday party and I want to take a sure winner so I just looked up this recipe and plan on making and taking this to the party. It is relatively easy to make and a true crowd pleaser.

By Nancy Paul on December 08, 2012


The reason the cake is sticking is b/cause an ingredient was missing. Search this recipe online and you will see butter or margarine ( 3/4 to 1 cup, softened) in every recipe- using the exact ingredients. Can't believe one of Paula's recipes left out the butter! lol

By Joy on November 29, 2012


DELICIOUS!!!!! My husband who isn't a dessert person changed his mind with this cake. Lol. He ate 3/4 of the cake all by himself in 2 days. That left the other 1/4 to share between my 2 kids and I. I made it 10 days ago. Today while getting my grocery list together my husband makes a request (he never request anything special from store) his request....get stuff to make the cake again. I cooked the 1 hr and mine came out perfect. I made Paula's caramel sauce and drizzled on top. Greatness!!!! This will be on my holiday dessert table from this point forward. Happy to have been given a recipe that pleases!

By Anonymous on September 06, 2012


We really liked the cake. It not only taste delicious but its easy & made with ingredients you already have on hand.

By brenda marler on August 27, 2012


My husband and I are totally addicted to this cake! After watching the episode I quickly investigated my pantry and joyfully discovered I had all the ingredients required for this recipe. My husband crushed the wafers in a gallon zip lock bag (half of the wafers at a time) while I throwed all the remaining ingredients in a big bowl. I must say that I took one lady's advice from this comment section and used Baker's Joy spray on the bundt pan as adding a little extra flour. I also took another's advice and baked for 1 hour and 20 to 25 minutes. The cake came out perfect. This is a heavy cake and will stick to your bones as Paula says. I think I will reduce the amount of sugar next time and evn thinking about throwing in some ripened bannanas. Great recipe and so easy!

By shelia mcgee on August 21, 2012


Good tasting cake. I cooked it for 1 hour and 20 minutes and it was cooked through, yet moist.

By Nancy Saunders on July 24, 2012


Very rich, needs longer cook time than listed. Not recommended for diabetics like Paula, Or for those after gastric bypass like Christy Jordan.

By Mary Bergeron on May 27, 2012


I would like to make muffins using the vanilla wafer cake recipe. Do I need to adjust the recipe? Thanks.

By Ro on April 17, 2012


Although I cooked the cake for 1 hour, it was not done. However, it has an awesome taste. I did some investigation and other recipes say to cook it 1:20 minutes or 1:25 minutes. The crust on the the one I cooked was beautiful. So I thought it was done. Use Baker's Joy to keep from sticking in Bundt pan.

By gail west on March 11, 2012


Love the Vanilla Wafer Cake, its so easy that my grandson loves to help make it. My husband also loves to eat it for breakfast w/o toasting in the butter. He says that I could make one a week. Tried it with peanuts but I liked the pecans better.

By Deborah Brown on January 30, 2012


I've made this recipe twice and it stuck to the pan both times. I thought maybe I hadn't buttered and floured the pan enough the first time, but that wasn't the problem. I even bought a new bundt pan, thinking that might be the problem. Anyone have a solution to this problem? I love the cake, but it doesn't look very pretty on the plate.

By Shirley on December 13, 2011


I am 61 years old.I remember my mother cooking the vanilla wafer cake before i could see over the table.I loved it then and I love it now! My granmother taught my mother,she taught me how to bake the vanilla wafer cake. I raised 3 boys and they always helped make what they called "the fun cake" because they could make a mess in the kitchen and get away with it! Lots of memories!Now I am teaching my daughter-in-laws how to make the cake. A must for all holidays around our house.

By Betty Jaggars on December 07, 2011


Paula,first off,I LOVE your cooking show,oh and we Love you to. I have 2 daughters who Love watching you,they love it,they say you are so funny. Well,we made the Vanilla Waffer cake,it was so Amazing. We Loved it so much that we are making it a Holiday Tradition. Well,hope you have a very Blessed and Happy Holidays...Love ya girl...

By Tammy on November 30, 2011


Hello Paula D; I donot like the cake because of the textures its just not for me, Well i tried the vanilla waffer cake without the coconuts, and it was good my grandchildren loved it. Thank you

By Sher`ron on November 22, 2011

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