My Holiday Pound Cake with Caramel Icing is a recipe I have been tweaking for years.

Ever since I first tasted a Slaton Vanilla Wafer, I knew that those cookies could be so much more than foundation for a fabulous banana pudding.

And, this cake is the BOMB!

I use the wafers in place of flour and load this cake with pecans and pumpkin.

Then give you a surprise cream cheese filling.

But wait, there’s more.

I top it with the most delicious buttery caramel old fashioned icing.

You will be the hit of the holiday dessert table.

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Holiday Pound Cake with Caramel Icing

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This dessert will be the rockstar of all your holiday get-togethers.



Cake Ingredients

  • 4 cups crushed vanilla wafers (455 grams) ( Slaton’s)
  • 1 cup chopped toasted walnuts or pecans (114 grams)
  • 1 cup milk (227 grams)
  • 2 cups sugar (396 grams)
  • 1 16 ounce can pumpkin (454 grams)
  • 1 cup butter (226 grams)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (4 grams)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla 


  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup (66 grams) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Caramel Icing

  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) butter
  • 1 cup  (213 grams) brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup (76 grams) milk
  • 2 cups (224 grams) powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease and flour a bundt pan.
  3. Using a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar together.
  4. Add in the pumpkin and mix again.
  5. Add each egg individually, beating only until combined.
  6. Mix crushed vanilla wafers, baking powder, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice.
  7. With the mixer running, add wafers and then milk in increments until combined.
  8. Add vanilla and nuts and mix again.
  9. Set to the side.

Instructions for Filling

  1. Using a hand mixer or a fork, mix cream cheese and sugar together.
  2. Add in the egg, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. Mix again.

Putting It together

  1. Pour half of the cake batter into the greased bundt pan.
  2. Spread the filling over the cake batter evenly.
  3. Pour the remaining cake batter over the filling.
  4. Drop the pan gently on the counter to get rid of any air bubbles.
  5. Bake in the oven until toothpick comes out clean, approximately 1 hour.  Start checking at 55 minutes.

Instructions for Icing

  1. Melt the butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan.
  2. Add milk.
  3. Bring to a boil and allow to boil for two minutes making sure to stir periodically.
  4. Add in powdered sugar and vanilla.
  5. Whisk until smooth.
  6. Allow to sit in pan off heat for a few minutes until it thickens.
  7. Then, pour the icing over the cake.d
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: dessert
  • Cuisine: American

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