Oh boy! I have A LOT of dessert recipes coming up. I have been attending a few events where I needed to bring desserts and as usual, I looked into my list of “to-make” desserts and tried out some new ones. This one was a winner. Super great and who doesn’t like a dessert with TWO layers of frosting?!?
Soft, moist Devil’s Food Cake layer on the bottom, mild white frosting and super sweet chocolate frosting. These bars are similar to the Ho Ho’s by Little Debbie – you know, those ones that are swirled treats of goodness? Yep, those!
Ho Ho Cake from Brown Eyed Baker, modified a bit by me
For the Cake:
1 box Devil’s Food Cake mix
1 box chocolate fudge instant Jell-O pudding
1 cup milk
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup vegetable oil
For the Filling:
1¼ cups whole milk
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup salted butter
½ cup vegetable shortening
For the Icing:
3 cups powdered sugar
½ cup salted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
3 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
2 tablespoons whole milk
2 tablespoons hot water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Make the Cake: Mix all ingredients together for 30 seconds on low and then beat for 2 minutes on medium/high and bake in a 10×15-inch jelly roll pan, greased and/or floured, as instructed on the box. Cool to room temperature.
2. Make the Filling: Meanwhile, combine the milk and flour in a small saucepan and cook over low heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens to the consistency of pudding, about 5 to 8 minutes. Set aside and cool to room temperature.
3. Cream together the sugar, butter and shortening on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the cooled flour/milk mixture and beat on high for 7 minutes. Spread on the cooled cake and refrigerate until set.
4. Make the Icing: In a large bowl, mix together all of the icing ingredients on medium-high speed until creamy and smooth. Spread over the filling on the cake and serve. Cover leftovers with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
The cake before and after. I love using a few additional ingredients to modify a box cake mix. This is super easy and always turns out great.
I have to say, I did not use this recipe for the white frosting. I have made one similar before so I think it would be super tasty here. I had some leftover buttercream from cupcakes I made, so I used that instead.
This chocolate frosting turned out delicious!
All frosted and ready to be cut.
If you are a fan of Ho Ho’s you should really make these! Enjoy!