Ding Dong Cake Recipe

Ding Dong Cake-rich devil’s food cake, a vanilla cream filling and smothered in chocolate ganache!

Ding Dong Cake-rich devil's food cake, a vanilla cream filling and smothered in chocolate ganache!

Ding Dongs, Ring Dings, Swiss Rolls, Hostess Cakes. They are all pretty much the same snack. Chocolate Cake, a cream filling and then covered in chocolate.

As a kid, we always begged for mom to buy them for our school lunches. It didn’t happen too often, but when it did..yeah, we were happy kids! It’s been years since I had one. What good memories.

Ding Dong Cake-rich devil's food cake, a vanilla cream filling and smothered in chocolate ganache!

I shared a Twinkie Cake on FB a few days ago. Made from scratch. It was perfect and I can’t wait to make one myself.

One reader asked for a recipe for a Ding Dong Cake. I decided I needed to fill that request. I took it as a challenge.

Don’t let the recipe scare you off. This is a really easy recipe! You probably have all the ingredients in your pantry. Bake your 2 cake layers, then stack them with all the cream filling. You want all that filling in there. Then the Ganache.


Ding Dong Cake-rich devil's food cake, a vanilla cream filling and smothered in chocolate ganache!

Get a close up look at that chocolate ganache.

Ding Dong Cake-rich devil's food cake, a vanilla cream filling and smothered in chocolate ganache!

This is a “sloppy” cake. No fancy icing. Pouring the ganache over the top of the cake and letting it drip down the sides is FUN!

Ding Dong Cake-rich devil's food cake, a vanilla cream filling and smothered in chocolate ganache!

And when the ganache is set…You’ve got a perfect cake. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to top this cake. Moist, rich, deep flavored chocolate cake. The cream filling is like whipped cream but thicker (it’s made with milk not cream) the best way to describe it is a cross between a buttercream and a whipped cream.

And of course the ganache. That soft chocolate outer coating that seals everything together.

Ding Dong Cake-rich devil's food cake, a vanilla cream filling and smothered in chocolate ganache!

Don’t let the photos deceive you. This is a huge cake! Make sure you have people to share it with.

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Cake adapted from Smitten Kitchen

Ding Dong Cake


    for the cake
  • 3 ounces semi sweet baking chocolate (you can use chocolate chips)
  • 1 1/2 cups brewed coffee
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • for the cream filling
  • 5 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • for the ganache
  • 1 12 ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter


    for the cake
  1. Chop chocolate so no pieces are larger than a chocolate chip. Place chocolate in a medium bowl or a 2 cup measuring cup and pour hot coffee over chocolate. Let sit for 5 minutes then stir, making sure all chocolate is melted and well combined with coffee. Set aside to cool.
  2. Sift all dry ingredients together-sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In the a large mixing bowl (or the mixing bowl of your stand mixer) beat eggs on medium speed until frothy.
  4. Slowly add oil, buttermilk, vanilla and chocolate-coffee mixture to eggs, beating well to blend.
  5. Add in sugar/flour/cocoa mixture, one cup at a time, mixing just to combine after each addition.
  6. Pour batter into 2 9 inch cake pans that have been well greased and lined with parchment paper on the bottom.
  7. Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 45-50 minutes, using toothpick to test for doneness.
  8. Let cakes cool completely in pan. Using a plastic knife, run knife around edges to loosen before turning out onto rack or plate.
  9. for the cream filling
  10. Pour cold milk into a small saucepan. Before turning on the heat, whisk in flour so no lumps remain. Turn heat on to medium low, and stirring, heat until mixture is thick, like a roux. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and let cool completely.
  11. Cream together butter and sugar on medium high speed, until fluffy, about 8 minutes.
  12. Add in the milk mixture and beat again until mixture resembles a whipped cream.
  13. to assemble
  14. Place one layer of cake on an 8 inch cake circle, top side down. Cover with a thick layer of cream filling then place top layer of cake, top side down, on top of filling gently pressing down to secure layers. Place cake on a wire rack on top of a wax paper lined cookie sheet.
  15. ganache
  16. Place chocolate chips in a large measuring cup.
  17. Heat milk and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat until boiling, careful not to scorch.
  18. Pour milk over chocolate chips and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir chocolate to make sure completely melted and smooth.
  19. Slowly pour ganache over top of cake, letting it drip down the sides. If needed use a spatula to help spread ganache on top over sides.
  20. When ganache is set, cake can be transferred to a serving plate.
  21. Chill cake for 4 hours before serving.


This cake tastes best chilled but can be served at room temperature.

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  1. Do I have to share? It looks amazing! Pinning!

  2. This cake is Fan-FREAKING-tabulous. The only problem I had with ding-dongs is that they were SMALL! So now I can have one in a massive, cake form ;) Pinned!

  3. I am in love with this cake!!! I love how big and chocolate covered it is. Seriously drooling over it this morning!!! Definitely pinned!

  4. This.looks.INSANE! So chocolately and you can see how moist the cake is. And that ganache! I’m dying over the video pic of you pouring the icing – so fun!!

  5. OMG OMG OMG : This cake has to be BANNED somewhere!!!!! You have outdone yourself AGAIN!!! FABULOUS!

  6. Joan: This is Scarlett in FL .I wanted to ask you if I could share your recipe with my recipe club
    If I can, please let me know how I should do…I know I can’t post your website…..thank U!!!

  7. I might have to make this my birthday cake this month! :) I’m a ding dong who deserves this cake! lol.

  8. OMG! All of that delicious chocolate and the cream center is perfect! I have to bake this cake soon. :)

  9. That really looks just like the real thing but in larger form! Ah-mazing!!!! I could eat TOO much of that!

  10. Yum!

    When finished, can you taste the coffee? Also, could decaf be used?

    Looks heavenly!!!

  11. This looks amazing!!

  12. I never would’ve thought ding dongs could be so pretty and sophisticated! I love this cake-it looks amazing and so delicious!

  13. Really wishing I had a big slice of this right now!!

  14. I think I used every bowl and measuring cup in my kitchen making this. But it is REALLY yummy. I was skeptical about the cream filling, but it really tastes like what you would find in a snack cake somehow. Thankfully, we live in a dorm full of high-school boys, and all but the sliver I ate is going down to them. It’s how I ensure they love me, their dorm mom, all year. :)

  15. Would it be such a bad thing if I didn’t have anyone to share with? #ithinknot

  16. Holy Toledo Batman! Ding Dongs are my favorite. I bet this is freakin fantastic!

    PS – cool gif

  17. Just made this cake for my hubby’s birthday. Easy and fun to make and oh so good.

  18. Growing up, I can remember always having Ding Dongs in the house. My Dad loved them. This cake looks so sinfully good! Thanks for sharing at Wednesday Whatsits!

  19. Oh man! This cake looks like the best kind of awesome. Totally testing my dieting willpower here!

  20. This honestly does look just like a ding dong! And, I love ding dongs. What a great recipe and challenge to take on. Thanks. Pinned.

  21. Hi Joan, This looks amazing! I wish you could just pass the plate.

  22. When do you add the butter for the cream filling?? At step 9 or 11?? I don’t see where it is added, only that it calls for a cup of butter for the filling, and a tablespoon of butter for the ganache.

  23. Staring at this cake alone is amazing – I can’t imagine how good it tastes.

  24. Should I store this overnight in the fridge?

  25. OK, I think I have no choice but to make this, or at least the filling. :)

  26. I made this for the family on Labor day and they loved it. I do not like chocolate,but I will eat a sliver of cake if I have a huge glass of milk.WELL, this cake is not overly sweet and was absolutely wonderful! I had two pieces of this tasty treat.Everone needs to make this.Thank you

  27. I just made this today! So good! Very rich. Next time I make it I might use half milk chocolate and half semisweet for the ganache. But the filling is pretty spot on even though it seemed like an odd concept. It was almost too buttery (if that’s even possible) so next time I’ll try half butter half shortening. All in all an awesome recipe and an impressive looking cake!

  28. Looks great, pinning!! As for sharing … ? ;-)

  29. Can the AP flour be substituted with cake flour? If so, how much?

  30. Can the AP flour be substituted with cake flour for the filling?

  31. I intend to make this delicious looking cake this weekend. Any high altitude tips for cooks like me in Denver? Thanks!

  32. Linda Wright says:

    I am currently making this, for the second time. The first time I took it to work and everyone raved about it. One of my co-workers was still talking about it days later! As a matter of fact, she said it would be her request now for her birthday cake! The second one is going to my mom’s house for her ladies luncheon tomorrow. This is a great, and very rich, cake! Yes, it does require a lot of measuring and a few different steps, but it is WELL worth it!

  33. We had a “ho-ho” cake for our wedding. I have been looking for a comparable recipe ever since. Thanks for this – I can make it just in time for our ten year anniversary!!

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