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The easiest waffle cake — layers of chocolate cake waffles with an unbelievably flavorful and creamy vanilla filling. Top with fresh berries and a sprinkle of powdered sugar for a show-stopping dessert that couldn’t be easier to make!
If you’re intimidated by layer cakes or just looking to make something quicker, I would highly recommend this recipe. This waffle cake is incredibly easy to make, but such a showstopper! You’ll get a gorgeous layer-like cake with a fraction of the effort.
In fact, you don’t even need an oven for this cake! Just grab a reliable waffle maker and you’ll have all your “cake” layers done in about 10-15 minutes. Way easier, and way quicker than a chocolate layer cake!
How to make a waffle cake
- Start with the waffles: follow package directions to make chocolate cake batter (no changes necessary to the box instructions). Fill a preheated waffle iron with the batter. Cook up all the waffles and let them cool 100% on a wire cooling rack.
- Meanwhile make the creamy filling: meanwhile, the filling can be prepared — beat together pudding mix, milk, and sweetened condensed milk. In a separate bowl, make some whipped cream (follow my guide for how to make whipped cream if you’ve never made homemade whipped cream; spoiler alert it’s so easy!)
- Assemble: then it’s as easy as putting it all together! Place down a waffle, add some filling, another waffle, more filling, another waffle, more filling, last waffle, and the last bit of filling on top.
- Garnish: press berries on top and sprinkle some powdered sugar to finish it off.
What chocolate cake mix to use
My favorite cake mix to use for this waffle cake, is Betty Crocker’s Super Moist Triple Chocolate Fudge mix (not sponsored).
Spruce Eats did a taste test comparison of store-bought cakes, so check it out and see if a description of a specific cake resonates most with you (i.e. do you like a more fudgy cake, a moister (or less moist) cake, etc.)
What waffle maker to use
This recipe, as pictured, is made using a belgian style waffle maker (affiliate link). Depending on the waffle maker you use (and the cake mix) you may have less or more finished waffles.
You only need four thick waffles for this cake, so if you have extras you can make another cake or enjoy the leftover chocolate waffles with ice cream. You could also crumble up the leftovers and make cake pops!
With the waffle maker I use and Betty Crocker’s cake mix, I typically get 8 good waffles from the batter. We usually use 4 in our waffle cake and save the rest for ice cream sundaes! 🙂
Waffle cake variation ideas
- Cake batter/funfetti: use a funfetti cake mix instead of chocolate. Garnish the waffle cake with sprinkles!
- Use this waffle recipe and fill up the layers with maple whipped cream from this pumpkin pie recipe. Garnish with fresh berries.
- Strawberries and cream: use a vanilla cake mix instead of chocolate, use the same vanilla filling I share in the recipe and garnish with freshly sliced strawberries.
- Use a chocolate mousse whipped cream (from this chocolate poke cake!) in place of the vanilla cream for an ultra-chocolate loaded dessert.
- Let the waffles cool completely before assembling the cake; if the waffles are at all warm it will warm the cream filling and make the waffle cake slide (plus the texture/taste will be off)
- Dry the berries completely before adding to the top of the waffle cake — you don’t want any liquid on the berries or it will make the top soggy.
- Keep the cream layer chilled as you’re waiting for the chocolate layers to completely cool.
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The easiest waffle cake -- layers of chocolate cake waffles with an unbelievably flavorful and creamy vanilla filling. Top with fresh berries and a sprinkle of powdered sugar for a show-stopping dessert that couldn't be easier to make!
- 1 chocolate cake mix + ingredients called for (eggs, vegetable oil, water) Note 1
- 1 can (14 ounces) full-fat sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup milk (1%, 2%, or whole milk)
- 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding (do not prepare according to package directions!)
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla paste (or pure vanilla extract)
- Fresh berries (I used raspberries)
- 1 dark chocolate bar and powdered sugar, optional
WAFFLES: Combine the chocolate cake mix, eggs, water, and vegetable oil in a large bowl. Beat to combine following package instructions. Preheat your waffle maker to manufacturer's instructions. I preheated mine to medium high.
COOK WAFFLES: Pour a heaping (depending on your waffle maker size you may need to adjust this number) 1/2 cup of the cake mix into the waffle maker. Close and allow cake mix to cook. When it's finished cooking, remove and allow to completely cool on wire racks. Repeat this step until all of the cake mix is cooked into waffles. I typically get 8 large waffles from the cake mix.
CREAM: In a large bowl, mix together the sweetened condensed milk and milk. With hand mixers, beat in the pudding mix and then chill for 5 minutes. While it's chilling add the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla paste (or extract) to a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whisk on low speed to combine. Gradually increase to high speed until medium to stiff peaks form, about 1-3 minutes. Watch carefully to avoid over-beating. With a spatula, fold this cream into the condensed milk and pudding mixture. Fold until smooth and combined.
ASSEMBLE: On a cake stand or plate, place one waffle down. Spread the pudding mixture on top (you'll essentially divide the pudding mixture into 5 parts, using one part for each layer). Place another waffle gently on top. More pudding mixture. Add another waffle and then more pudding mixture. Add the final waffle and the remaining pudding mixture on top.
GARNISH: If desired, garnish with fresh berries and chocolate shavings.
CHOCOLATE SHAVINGS: Make the chocolate shavings by shaving a chocolate bar with a vegetable peeler. You can also break up some of the candy bar and place the chocolate chunks on top. Cut into slices and enjoy immediately.
Note 1: I use and recommend Betty Crocker's Super Moist Triple Chocolate Fudge mix.
The cream layer makes enough cream to fill a 4-waffle layer cake (with a little on top to hold the berries). The cake batter makes around 8 waffles, so if you want to use all the waffles up, double the cream and make 2 different waffle cakes.