Sunday, July 24, 2011

Ho Ho Cake



Yes we really do LOVE this cake! I don't make a lot of cakes but this is one that never lasts long when I do make it. It tastes like a Whoopie Pie but is a LOT less time consuming then making a batch of those things. I make those now and then but always chafe at the time it takes to wrap them individually!! The original recipe calls for a cake mix but I almost never have any on hand and this recipe is just as easy as one of those anyway, with ingredients that are already in the cupboard so why bother with one of those? It's better too - of course, I could be prejudiced. Either way you prepare it, with or without a cake mix, you are gonna say - Yummm!!! Another bonus for this one when I'm in a pinch is the Vanilla Frosting I can buy around here that the Amish ladies make. It's perfect for this cake and I don't have to spend time making my own filling. That's what I used for this one in the picture, but I have made it with the kind I will share in the recipe and that is yummy too. It just takes more time and I didn't feel like I had time at 7:00 Saturday night. Luckily we are invited somewhere tonight for supper or that yummy cake wouldn't live to see Monday! Shameful, I know. But really, it takes up so much space in the fridge!! Anyway on to the good stuff -

Spray an 11x15 bar pan. Preheat oven to 350°.

I start with a Crazy Cake:

3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
6 Tablespoons Cocoa
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla
¾ cup canola oil
2 cups cold water

Put everything together in a mixer bowl except 1 cup water. Mix; scraping sides as necessary. Add the rest of the water and mix again. Do not overbeat. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25-28 minutes or till toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely.

 Middle Part:
5 Tablespoons all purpose flour
1¼ cups milk
Combine in a saucepan and stir over medium heat, stirring with a wire whisk until lumps are gone, then stir continually with a spoon until thickened. Cool.

Cream together and beat:
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup Crisco*
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sugar

*I like to use the Crisco that I buy at the health food store that is not made with hydrogenated oil.

Add the flour mixture and beat again on high speed till lumps are gone and it is fluffy. Spread on cooled cake.

After I put this on I like to pop it into the fridge so the filling gets stiff enough to stay in place when the chocolate icing gets put on.

Creamy Milk Chocolate Frosting
¼ cup butter
1/3 cup cocoa
¼ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup milk
1½ teaspoons vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar

In a saucepan over medium/low heat combine butter, cocoa, and salt and stir until melted. Add milk and vanilla and stir with a wire whisk until smooth.

Blend in powdered sugar. If it gets too thick add more milk. Spread on cooled cake immediately.

Store in refridgerator.

Enjoy a slice of deliciousness!

Linking to:
So Sweet Sunday
Savory Sunday
Recipe Sharing Monday
Metamorphosis Monday
On The Menu Monday
Creative Blogger Party
Handmade Tuesday
Tea Time Tuesday
Two Maids a Baking
Anything Related
Sizzle Into Summer
Wow Us Wednesday
Tell Me Tuesday
Wicked Awesome Wednesday
Cast Party Wednesday
These Chicks Cooked
Time Travel Thursday
Hodge Podge Friday
Fat Cat Friday
Cupcake Apothecary
Be Blessed!


  1. I love this! I cannot wait to try!

  2. I had friends that used to make something like this but we called it "5 cups of sugar" cake (but I see you sneak in an extra one for good measure :o)

    I'm looking at those cool marks on the side of your pan too...might have to borrow that idea!

    ...and now I'm hungry for chocolate, or wait maybe that's no different that usual!

  3. I LOVE Ho Ho cake! I have one that is more semi-homemade. It uses a box cake mix but the two frostings are from scratch! Id love to try this one! It looks divine!

  4. Hi Martha,
    This looks to to yummy, I think I gained weight just looking:-))
    Thanks for stopping by!

  5. My sweet tooth is aching for this chocolate treat! Thank you for joining ON THE MENU MONDAY!

  6. I'll bet this is good. It certainly would put an end to my craving for chocolate :-). I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  7. Hi Martha,
    I am stopping by from OTMM at StoneGable. I just love your Ho Ho Cake, it looks delicious. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day!
    Miz Helen

  8. I'm so honored that you chose to join the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. Thank you for adding this special masterpiece to rock my party :)

  9. Looks fantastic! I want a bite ;-)

  10. Oh my goodness, this looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe. :)

    Tracy Screaming Sardine

  11. My husband would be all over this!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!! I love the cherries so pretty!! I am a sucker for fruit and chocolate!!

  12. Oh my, this is my kind of cake!!! YUM!!

  13. This looks fantastic! I'm saving it for later :)

  14. OMG that looks amazing. I want to eat a piece right now. Thanks for sharing at my Sizzle into Summer party.

  15. I think we're going to have a new favorite in the house! Anything that remotely resembles Whoopie Pies is a wonderful thing! Thanks for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

  16. Now this is what I call a gorgeous cake!

  17. Yup. Looks pretty wicked! I don't think I could have this whole cake sitting around my house for long. I'd be in BIG trouble! Haha Looks really luscious.

  18. Makes my mouth water just looking at it!

  19. You KNOW my weakness - chocolate! This looks so delicious. By the way, someone has already left a comment on the party post about coming to check this recipe out. ;)

    Thanks for linking your yummy treats to the party each week.

    Have a great weekend!
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  20. amazing, you are my hero...I am the person who left that comment at Brambleberry...HELLO a HO HO CAKE are you a GENIUS, I think so

  21. This looks yummy! I've been wanting a recipe for a chocolate cupcake with a cream filling. I think I just found it!

  22. YUMMY!!!!!!!! i love it:) thanks for sharing!!!

  23. This cake looks heavenly!

  24. This looks delicious Martha. Thanks so much for linking up with Recipe Sharing Monday! :D

  25. Thank You So MUCH for joining me last week for Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you will come back tomorrow and share more of your recipes with us.
    I hope to see you there!

  26. What a beautiful, delicious looking cake!

  27. How yummy, and those cherries look beautiful! Mangoes and Chutney's Fat Camp Friday is now open Friday at midnight (EST)! I would love if you stopped by and linked up this recipe!

  28. This is the best, my mother made this cake for years. Think the only one she ever made...........andi