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Ding Dong Cake and Favorite Chocolate Frosting

by on March 14, 2012 · 7 comments

Years ago I made a cake inspired by the Ding Dongs. I don’t remember much about it other than the filling was made with flour, sugar and Crisco and that the end result really was better than it sounded. Given that I’m on a retro cake bender, I looked for the Ding Dong cake recipe again and made a small one this week.

Ding Dong Cake

I don’t have much to say about this other than if you like Ding Dongs, you should try it. Fuzz, who has never tried a Ding Dong, thought the filling was weird and greasy. Todd thought it was awesome, and I thought it was just okay. Actual Ding Dong filling is better. Maybe next time I’ll just make a cake, split it, and fill the center with Ding Dongs.

Here’s the recipe I used for the cake and filling. My advice is to follow the recipe for the cake and filling, but use your favorite store bought or homemade frosting. Here’s the one I used. If you don’t make the Ding Dong cake, I know you’ll at least find the frosting recipe useful.

Favorite Chocolate Frosting

2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted or salted butter, softened
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
4 cups sifted powdered sugar
2 oz semi-sweet chocolate, melted (chips not recommended)
2 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted
1/4 cup milk, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla

Beat together softened butter and cocoa powder. Stir in about half the sugar and both of the melted chocolates. Gradually added remaining powdered sugar, stirring or beating on low speed. Increase speed of mixer and continue beating and scraping sides of bowl, adding milk and vanilla.

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Published on March 14, 2012

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Sanjeeta kk March 14, 2012 at 8:31 am

Ha..ha..I love the name ding-dong cake :) and really it does look gorgeous and the name is!

Louise March 14, 2012 at 9:27 am

Cute cake. When I was Fuzz’s age, I loved Ding Dongs. Today is Pi Day. I thought perhaps you’d post a pie. :-)

vanillasugarblog March 14, 2012 at 10:03 am

oh it’s pie day. i forgot about that.
well even if Fuzz didn’t like it, it looks really good in the photo

Sarah March 14, 2012 at 11:58 am

Have you tried the Devil Dog cake on epicurious? It’s in the same vein… I made it for a five-year old’s birthday a few years ago, and it was a hit with ALL ages. Come to think of it, another one may be making an appearance soon…

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Devil-Dog-Cake-241516

Chewthefat March 14, 2012 at 12:03 pm

I think Fuzz is a bit spoiled because of all of the wonderful treats you make! My mother rarely baked, and even then only from a mix, so snack cakes in my lunch box were as close to paradise as it got!

Cookie Sleuth March 14, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Anything with chocolate has to be good! That frosting would be my “favorite”, too.

Sue March 14, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Years ago one of my friends made a Ho Ho Cake. I wonder if her filling was any different?

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