You know how some foods conjure up childhood memories? My aunt’s fried chicken, my mom’s garlic bread (my grandmother’s recipe) and this Famous Chocolate Wafer cake pretty much do it for me. I used to request this delightful confection for my birthday (alternating with Pepperidge Farm chocolate layer cake with chocolate frosting that was in the freezer section at the grocery store – yum. Not sure if they make it any more and in any event if I tried it as an adult it probably couldn’t compete with my memories).
I made the Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafer Ice Box Cake as it is technically known the other night for our cousins who came to dinner and they had never had this “cake” (which in case you’ve never had it, is just Nabisco Famous Chocolate Cookies layered with whipped cream, yet when chilled and sliced correctly (on an angle), the cookies absorb the whipped cream and soften (but not too much)).
I had forgotten about this cake but came back to it a few years ago and now it’s a great go-to cake for entertaining – I made three “logs” for a nice dinner party I had for 22 people a few years back and it looks impressive but can’t get any easier. No oven required. Plus, great fun to make with the kids. Here is the recipe (straight from the box):
CHOCOLATE WAFER WHIPPED CREAM ICE BOX CAKE
2 Cups heavy cream
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
One 9-ounce package Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers
Chocolate curls or chocolate sprinkles
Whip cream, add sugar and vanilla and continue whipping until stiff peaks form. Spread one-half tablespoon whipped cream or topping on each wafer. Begin stacking wafers together on end (on a long serving platter) and stand on edge on the platter to make a 14-inch log.
Frost with remaining whipped cream. Refrigerate for four to six hours. Garnish with chocolate curls or chocolate sprinkles and slice at a 45-degree angle so each serving shows the chocolate and white layers.
You may freeze this cake, covered with plastic wrap; thaw in refrigerator for one hour before serving.