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Vanilla Wafer Coconut Cake Recipe

This cake recipe, which came from my mother in Alabama, contains no flour—but it's delicious!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours + cooling YIELD:12-16 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 package (12 ounces) vanilla wafers, crushed
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1-1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • Whipped cream or ice cream, optional


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each until light and fluffy. Add wafers to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Fold in coconut and nuts.
  • 2. Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. tube pan with a removable bottom. Bake at 350° for 1-1/2 hours, testing after 1 hour. Cool on wire rack 15 minutes before removing from pan. Cool completely. If desired, garnish with whipped cream or ice cream. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 418 calories, 25 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 113 mg cholesterol, 233 mg sodium, 47 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.