Home > Desserts > Waffle Cake Waffle Cake February 6, 2020 | 17 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Super-easy 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! Looking for more fun ways to celebrate without a traditional cake? Well then, try this Icebox Cake, these Brownie Oreo Ice Cream Bars, or this easy Ice Cream Sandwich Cake. If layer cakes intimidate you or you’re just looking to make something quicker, then I have the recipe for you! My Waffle Cake is incredibly easy to make, and 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. This is 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 batter, following the manufacturer’s directions for measurements, and then cook up all the waffles. Let them cool fully on a wire cooling rack. These are the type I like. Meanwhile, make the creamy filling: 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!) Fold the whipped cream into the creamy filling. Chill until the waffles are cool. Assemble: It’s as easy as sandwiching it all together. Place a waffle on a cake stand or platter, 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 on some powdered sugar to finish it off. QUICK TIPWhat chocolate cake mix do I use? My favorite cake mix to use for this waffle cake is Betty Crocker® Super Moist Triple Chocolate Fudge mix. I receive no compensation from Betty Crocker for saying that; it’s just my preference. 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. And what about the waffle maker? This recipe, as pictured, is made using a Belgian-style waffle maker. Depending on the waffle maker and the cake mix you use, the number of waffles made will vary. 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 and cake mix I use, I typically get eight good waffles from the batter. We have no trouble finding ways to use up the leftovers! Waffle Cake variations Funfetti: Use a Funfetti® cake mix instead of chocolate, and garnish the waffle cake with sprinkles! Pumpkin: 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. Ultra-chocolate: Use a chocolate mousse whipped cream in place of the vanilla cream for a mega-chocolate dessert. Quick tips Let the waffles cool completely before assembling the cake. If the waffles are at all warm, they will heat the cream filling and make the 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 to make the top soggy. Keep the cream layer chilled while you’re waiting for the chocolate layers to completely cool. More desserts Best Chocolate Cake Recipe with chocolate frosting Vanilla Cheesecake Bars with a berry sauce Carmelitas caramel and chocolate oatmeal bars Oreo Balls dipped in chocolate Chocolate Crinkle Cookies with chocolate chips FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Waffle Cake 5 from 4 votes - Review this recipe Super-easy 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! SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Waffle Cake 5 from 4 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Super-easy 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! Course Dessert Cuisine American Keyword waffle cake Prep Time 25 minutes Cook Time 10 minutes Cooling Time for Waffles 1 hour Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes Servings 8 servings Calories 696kcal Author Chelsea Lords IngredientsWaffle Layer▢ 1 chocolate cake mix + ingredients called for (eggs, vegetable oil, water) Note 1▢ 3 eggs or as directed on the cake mix box▢ 1/2 cup vegetable oil or as directed on the cake mix box▢ 1 cup water or as directed on the cake mix boxCream Layer▢ 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk▢ 1/2 cup milk (1%, 2%, or whole milk)▢ 3.4 ounces instant vanilla pudding the four-serving size package (do not prepare according to package directions)▢ 1 cup heavy whipping cream▢ 2 tablespoons powdered sugar▢ 1 teaspoon vanilla paste (or pure vanilla extract)Topping▢ Fresh berries (I used raspberries)▢ 1 dark chocolate bar and powdered sugar, optionalUS - Metric USMetric InstructionsWAFFLES: Combine the chocolate cake mix, eggs, water, and vegetable oil in a large bowl. Beat to combine, following package instructions. Preheat a waffle maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. I preheated mine to medium high.COOK WAFFLES: Pour a heaping 1/2 cup of the cake batter into the waffle maker--or the correct amount to fill the baking area of the waffle iron correctly. Close and allow cake batter to cook. When it's finished cooking, remove and allow to completely cool on wire racks. Repeat this step until all waffles are made. I typically get eight large waffles from a box of prepared cake mix.CREAM: In a large bowl, mix together the sweetened condensed milk and regular milk. With a hand mixer, blend in the pudding mix and then chill for 5 minutes. While it's chilling, make the whipped cream: add the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla paste (or extract) to a stand mixer bowl 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. Place mixture in the refrigerator and keep chilled until the waffles are fully cool.ASSEMBLE: Place one waffle on a cake stand or plate. Spread the pudding mixture on top (using about 1/5 of the mixture for each layer). Place another waffle gently on the pudding mixture. Add more pudding mixture. Continue this pattern with another waffle and 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 chocolate shavings by scraping 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 the cake into slices and enjoy immediately. Recipe NotesNote 1: Cake mix: I use and recommend Betty Crocker® Super Moist Triple Chocolate Fudge mix. Nutrition information may vary, depending on the cake mix used and the additional ingredients called for on the box recipe. Optional chocolate shavings, powdered sugar, and berries are not included in the calculations. Nutrition FactsServing: 8servings | Calories: 696kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 621mg | Potassium: 427mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 60g | Vitamin A: 685IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 268mg | Iron: 3mg We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! 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