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Vanilla Wafer Coconut Cake

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours + cooling


12-16 servings

This cake recipe, which came from my mother in Alabama, contains no flour—but it's delicious!


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 package (12 ounces) vanilla wafers, crushed
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1-1/2 cups sweetened shredded 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.

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