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California designer Shiree Hanson Segerstrom's weekly tips for decorating, gardening, and stylish living

Famous Chocolate Wafer Cake

Today is my son Christian’s 34th birthday. In celebration of the occasion I’ve always traditionally made an old Segerstrom family favorite, Famous Chocolate Refrigerator Roll. It’s called a refrigerator roll because it has to sit in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours prior to serving.
Have you heard of it? If you have, you are probably emitting an audible sigh. It’s that good. If you haven’t, let me explain. It’s made with Nabisco’s Famous Chocolate Wafers that are used for a variety of recipes calling for chocolate crusts such as Grasshopper Pie. You don’t bake the cake. The wafers soften when they come in contact with whipped cream and turn into a cake like base. The whipped cream is the frosting.
Because Christian was home from San Francisco for his birthday this weekend, I made him one last night. He has three aunts and two uncles a stone’s throw from the house so they all joined us too.
The wafers are in the cookie section but they can be a little hard to find. They are in a small oblong yellow box. Many of the wafers are broken in the box so you will probably have to do a little engineering. My addition is the 3 tablespoons of powdered sugar. I also like to top each serving with berries for the Fourth of July red, white and blue theme.

1 9 oz. box Famous Chocolate Wafers

1 pint heavy whipping cream

1 tsp. real vanilla extract

3 T. powdered sugar, or to taste

1 oblong Pyrex dish, 9 x 12 or other decorative, oblong dish

Beat the whipping cream with the vanilla and powdered sugar. Coat each wafer well with whipping cream and stack on their sides like wheels, about eight in a row. Then form another row. You’ll end up with four rows of 8 well coated wafers.

Now you frost the whole thing, sides, ends and top with whipped cream.

When the cake is completely covered with whipped cream, you take some of the broken wafers and rub them against one another and break them into small bits to make a decorative chocolate dust.

Topped with red and blue berries you now have a festive looking red, white and blue cake with a delectable Oreo cookie-like taste.

Happy Birthday Christian!

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