Happy Birthday, Dad! Phi Tau No-Bake Cake

This cake is embarrassingly easy. The hardest part is actually finding the chocolate wafer cookies. I scoured three different grocery stores before I spotted the vintage-looking box in the cookie isle at Gelson’s in Silver Lake.  The packaging looks as though it has not changed since the sixties, which seems appropriate because that is when this cake became a tradition in my family.

My dad was social chairman of his fraternity Phi Kappa Tau at Cornell in the 60s. He loves to tell us about the Sunday dinners prepared by their beloved cook, Katie. He and his brothers would have to put suits on for dinner every weekend, and Katie would make this no-bake cookies and cream cake for dessert. My dad loved it so much that we continue to make it for him for his birthday every year. It’s unbelievably moist and sinfully delicious, and it’s one of the easiest cakes you’ll ever make. Happy Birthday, Dad! This one’s for you!



Phi Tau Cake

  • 1 package Famous Chocolate Wafers
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla flavoring
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • chocolate shavings

In a chilled bowl, combine heavy whipping cream, vanilla, and sugar. Whip cream until stiff and forms soft peaks.

Spread cream between wafers to form a log. Use remaining whipped cream to cover the log. Refrigerate overnight. Sprinkle top with chocolate shavings.


Filed under Cake, Dessert, Heather Platt, Uncategorized

5 responses to “Happy Birthday, Dad! Phi Tau No-Bake Cake

  1. Hey!
    Do you know where you can find these cookies in LA?

    Thanks 🙂


    • HP

      Hey Abby! I found these cookies at Gelson’s in Silverlake. So you can probably find them at most Gelson’s. I couldn’t find them at Vons or Ralphs.


  2. Katie

    Amazing cake, I was lucky enough to have some at Heather’s and I can’t wait to make it at home!!


  3. Alexandra

    I love this cake. My mother use to make it for us with Famous Chocolate Wafers. Yum! I’m a Cornell grad too!!!


  4. Jenny

    Phi Tau cake rocks!! I thought about making this for Dad last week but couldn’t find the cookies… So great to write this up. More people should be making it! Delish 🙂


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