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This vanilla cake is made in a waffle iron! Stack your cake waffles up and top them with delicious whipped chocolate ganache for an easy cake recipe that doesn’t require an oven!

Slice of Waffle Cake with a bit taken out of it on a countertop.

A delicious vanilla cake batter is cooked in a belgian waffle maker and then layered with whipped chocolate ganache. It is a unique and fun cake the whole family can have a hand in making. It’s as easy as making waffles!

Can I use a different style of waffle maker?

This recipe, as pictured, is made using a belgian style waffle maker. You can use other style of waffle irons but the ratios of cake to frosting will be different based on the size and shape of your waffle. You may simply just need more waffle layers with the same amount of batter.

Waffle Cake on a cake stand surrounded by strawberries.

Can I use a different kind of frosting?

Yes, you can use any kind of frosting you’d like on this cake including the whipped chocolate ganache included with the recipe or you can try a standard buttercream frosting or even a cream cheese frosting.

Vanilla Waffle Cake with Whipped Chocolate Ganache

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Easy Vanilla Waffle Cake

8 slices

Waffle Cake on a cake stand surrounded by strawberries.
This vanilla cake is made in a waffle iron! Stack your cake waffles up and top them with delicious whipped chocolate ganache for an easy cake recipe that doesn't require an oven!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling Time 1 hour
Total Time 20 minutes

Whipped Chocolate Ganache

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups chocolate chips milk or semi-sweet

Waffle Cake Batter

  • 1/2 cup salted butter softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder


  • 1 pound strawberries or raspberries optional
  • Make the ganache: bring 1 cup heavy cream to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once simmering, stir in chocolate chips until smooth. Transfer to refrigerator to cool until it reaches a spoon-able consistency, about 1 hour. Once cooled, use a hand mixer to beat the mixture until it reaches soft peaks. Ganache will stiffen when returned to the refrigerator.
  • Make the waffle batter: Use a hand mixer to beat together butter and sugar until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add in buttermilk, egg, and vanilla extract and beat until combined. Add in flour and baking powder and mix on a low speed until just combined, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl to make sure everything gets mixed in.
  • Preheat a Belgian Waffle Maker. Scoop a heaping 2/3 cup of batter onto the waffle iron. Cook waffles one at a time. Transfer cooked waffles to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Assemble cake: layer the cake with at least 4 waffles, frosted with whipped ganache between each layer. Garnish with fresh berries. 


Calories: 649kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 184mg | Potassium: 287mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 980IU | Vitamin C: 33.8mg | Calcium: 169mg | Iron: 2.2mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Waffle Cake

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Rachel – Is the waffle recipe here the same one you use for making breakfast waffles?

PS: Love your work!



Can this be made the night before a brunch shower? Or does it need to be made the day of?

This is perfect for my baby sister's Baby Shower! She loves waffles, so I can't think of a better cake for her.

I think this is absolute genius!

I wish I could stuff my face with these waffles right about now. Sensational pictures to say the least 🙂

What a decadent idea to make a waffle cake. This looks divine!

What a beautiful cake and so creative too. My family would love this!

How beautiful! Thinking this means I can serve cake for breakfast…or at least, brunch. 😉

Oh my! this is insanely gorgeous! and looks beyond decadent!

What a gorgeous dessert! I love the berries on top too 🙂

genius idea and what a show stopper!

Rarely have I seen something too beautiful to eat…

This is the same occasion. It's beautiful, but it is also genius and delicious looking. I'd sell my mother for it.

Dear Rachel, This is one gorgeous cake! Is it breakfast or dessert, because I will take it any time of day! Looks lovely. Pinning. xo, Catherine

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