Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Happy Birthday John!

Today is my son John's Birthday!

It is a family tradition that on every birthday, we make a cookie cake. Every year, my mom always made this cake for all the kids. Now, my kids expect this cake on every birthday. It is a little tedious, but well worth the effort! My version is the log roll, and you cut it on a diagonal.
I made this cake for my son this morning, and it is chilling in the frig, waiting for him to come home from work.

This is another version of how you can make this cake. You place about six of the wafers on a plate, in a circle and layer the whipped cream on the wafers....

This is how you start the cake I made. You spread each wafer with whipped cream and make small stacks on a platter. Then lay them on the sides like this. Then spread the whipped cream all over to make the cake. It is the most delicious dessert you will ever try. I dread making it, but once I get started, it is a breeze! Give it a try, you will not be sorry!

Just remember----you have to make REAL whipped cream, and you have to use the original Famous Chocolate Wafers! (unless, of course, you make homemade wafers!)
Here is the recipe!

I remember my mother making this dessert for every birthday in the 1960s & 70's. It´s so simple and so good! Make sure you chill it for at least four hours in the refrigerator so the cookies soften. For an all chocolate version, add 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder when you beat the heavy cream with the powdered sugar. Yum.

Prep Time: 20 minutes


  • 1-2 pkg. plain chocolate wafers (Famous Wafers), about 60
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


Beat together cream, powdered sugar and vanilla until stiff. Spread a generous spoonful on each cookie and stack them on a serving plate to make a long log. When all the cookies are frosted and stacked, cover the entire log with more whipped cream to cover thoroughly. Cover and chill in refrigerator for at least four hours. Slice on a diagonal to serve. Or, you can divide the wafers into eight groups. Frost the top of each wafer and stack them vertically, making eight stacks of cookies. Then frost the top and sides of each little stack, like you would a cake. Top each with a maraschino cherry half and chill for at least four hours. Serve one stack to each diner. Serves 8

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  1. Happy Birthday to John!! Those are my favorite chocolate wafers!! xoxo

  2. Please wish your son a most happy birthday and congratulations to you too, mom! The cake looks yummy and I can just imagine sinking my teeth into the soft chocolate cookies. I would think it would be similar to an ice cream sandwich! Have a very special celebration! :) xoxo

  3. Oh Ronda, this looks AWESOME!!!! I just love it. How is it that the 1st picture has such thick chocolate layers but the cookies are so thin. Either way, it looks delicious.

  4. I guess it has something to do with cutting on the diagonal, plus it probably swelled a little after sitting so long in the whipped cream. The other cake, some of the wafers were not totally in the cream. Notice in the picture where they are in stacks on the plate, they are still thin before they are covered in cream. Whew!

  5. Happy Belated birthday John...OMG that cake!!Yum!

  6. I'll bring the champagne. Oops too early I'll bring the coffee! Yummm....
    Happy Birthday John! xoxo

  7. What a great tradition and cake.
    happy Birthday John!

  8. That looks delish, I read "thepioneerwoman" all the time can't tear away from it, makes me want to visit Oklahoma, and your blog makes me want to visit Maryland.