This old-fashioned Vanilla Wafer Cake is a classic. It’s full of crushed vanilla wafer cookies, coconuts and pecans, and it’s absolutely delicious!
❤️WHY WE LOVE THIS
This old fashioned cake holds many memories because Mom made it when we were kids. It’s so flavorful. It’s definitely in my top five of favorite cakes. The vanilla wafers add a wonderful texture and flavor; then, of course, add the coconuts and nuts and you just can’t go wrong. It’s dense, moist, and delicious! This dessert is perfect for any potluck, weeknight sweet or holiday.
- White Sugar
- Evaporated milk-you can use regular milk
- Box of vanilla wafers, crushed-the brand we use is the Nabisco Nilla Wafers.
- Shredded sweetened coconut
- Lemon extract
- Chopped nuts of your choice
Instead of lemon extract, you can use vanilla.
🎂HOW TO MAKE
Be prepared; once you make this cake, you’re going to want to make it over and over!
Step 1: Cream butter and sugar; add eggs and continue mixing. Add milk, crushed vanilla wafers, and coconut along with lemon extract using mixer until well blended. Fold in nuts.
Step 2: Pour into sprayed bundt pan. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes until the center is done. Cool for 15 to 20 minutes and remove from pan.
The key to getting this cake OUT of the bundt pan is to let it sit till it cools. It needs to be pulling away from the sides of the bundt pan before you try and get it out. The caramel glaze is delicious on this cake. However, it’s just as good without it.
❓FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I’ve never made this cake without coconut. However, if you read the comments, you’ll see that people have left it out and had great success.
I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t. Just be sure and watch it, as the baking time may differ.
Vanilla Wafers are very popular in the states. They are a wafer cookie that are a bit thin and flat. Nabisco is most famous for making them, and they come in a yellow box. NOTE: This cake is not made with the cream-filled vanilla wafers.
STORING AND REHEATING
This cake should be stored in an airtight container and will keep for 3-4 days.
💗MORE OLD-FASHIONED RECIPES YOU MAY ENJOY:
Vanilla Wafer Cake
This Vanilla Wafer Cake recipe has been around for years. This cake is wonderful with coffee.
- 2 sticks butter or margarine or 1 cup
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 6 eggs
- 1/2 cup evaporated milk (can use regular milk)
- 11 ounce box of vanilla wafers, crushed (Put in plastic bag and crush with rolling pin)
- 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract
- 1 cup of chopped nuts of your choice
Caramel Sauce (this is optional, it’s good with our without it):
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 4 tablespoons butter or margarine
- 2 tablespoons corn syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup milk
Cream butter and sugar; add eggs and continue mixing. Add milk, vanilla wafers and coconut along with lemon extract using mixer until well blended. Fold in nuts.
Pour into sprayed bundt pan. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes until center is done. Cool for 15 to 20 minutes and remove from pan.
Caramel Sauce Instructions
Bring to boil on top of stove and let boil for one minute.
Remove from stove and add vanilla.
Let cool to the consistency you like. It will harden as it cools.
The brand of vanilla wafers that is primarily used in this cake is the Nabisco Nilla Wafers.
This Vintage Cakes Digital Ebook is full of our most popular old fashioned cake recipes. Now in one ebook you can have all these recipes right at your fingertips! Any of these cakes are perfect for any gathering, from the holiday dessert table to any potluck!
- These cakes go back many generations are tried and true delicious!
- Anyone can make these classics, from a beginner baker to someone who bakes all the time.
- Great reviews on these cakes!
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