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Elsie's Famous Graham Cake
Ashley Holt
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This cake is so simple to make and you only need a few ingredients — no flour needed! The sweet jam and whipped cream make it taste like summer, no matter the season.

Technique tip: Crush the graham crackers super fine either with rolling pin or food processor. The measurement will be closer to 3 cups once crushed super fine.

Swap option: Use your favorite jam flavor.


    • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
    • 2/3 cups milk
    • 1/3 cup raspberry jam
    • 2½ cups whipped cream
    • Fresh berries, to garnish (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease two 8-inch round pans lined with parchment (or three 6-inch pans).

2. In a stand mixer on medium-high, cream butter and sugar together, about 4-5 minutes. Scraping bowl if needed.

3. Add eggs one at a time, followed by vanilla.

4. In a separate bowl, combine graham crackers, baking soda and salt.

5. Add half the graham cracker mixture alternating with milk, ending with graham crackers. Mix on medium-high for 2 minutes. Add walnuts and mix for 30 seconds.

6. Divide batter between pans and bake for 20-25 minutes.

7. Allow cake to cool.

8. Spread raspberry jam between layers and top with whipped cream and fresh berries, if using.