Ho Ho Cake

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This recipe comes from one of my distant cousins. Her grandpa and my grandpa were brothers which makes us…ah heck, second cousins twice removed? Third cousins once removed?  Better yet, who cares?  😉  Our grandfathers were two of THIRTEEN children. Sit back and think about that for a minute: Thirteen-freaking-children. I’m over here all like “I’m so glad my socks match” and those parents were like “I need to count my children at night to make sure one didn’t wander off.” My great grandmother was pregnant for a *minimum* of 10 years of her life. Yes, I did the math. Yes, I am equally amazed and horrified. Moving on…

The original recipe went something like this: ‘Use a boxed devils food cake. Make the filling. Then use any chocolate frosting.’  Though I understand there’s a time and place for boxed cake mixes, I try to avoid them if at all possible.  As for cans of frosting, I think there is a special spot in hell for those.  Lucky for all of us, I found the world’s best Devils Food Cake recipe.  No really, it comes from divascancook.com and it’s basically amazing.Check out that cake! You’ll want to reach hand in and eat it straight out of the pan but hold yourself back, grasshopper. Even better things await. The cake is so moist that you’ll need to refrigerate it for at least an hour so the filling will spread smoothly over the top.

I’m also here to talk to you about the filling. Please believe me when I say: trust the process, young one. It’s going to look all curdled and scary but just keep beating all the ingredients and soon it will be light and fluffy and beautiful.

Spread over the cooled cake. It will look pretty tasty but again, control yo’self. Then you’re going to make the best chocolate frosting you’ve ever made in your life.

And then you’re going to do something a little weird. You’re going to put it in the microwave for 20 second increments until it’s completely pourable.  And you’re going to pour that pourable frosting over the top of that cake. This is the thing dreams are made of, my friends. I’m serious. Put it in the fridge to firm everything up and just LOOK AT THIS.HOMEMADE. HO. HOS.  Very rich. Very decadent. Very much what you need in your life.

Ho Ho Cake
Cake:

(recipe from divascancook.com)

  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup hot coffee
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Filling:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 6 oz. evaporated milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
Frosting:
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup cocoa OR 7 (1 oz.) unsweetened chocolate squares, melted
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • 4 tablespoons light corn syrup

Start by making the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325*
  2. In a large bowl whisk together dry ingredients. Add coffee oil & buttermilk to the dry ingredients. Mix until combined.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix for another 2 minutes. Pour the batter into a greased and floured 9×13 pan.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes.  Let cool completely and refrigerate until the filling is ready.

Once the cake is chilled, make the filling:

  1. Add all ingredients to a large bowl. Beat for 10-15 minutes until light and fluffy. Do not be alarmed if the filling looks curdled at first, it will come together.
  2. Spread over cooled cake. Refrigerate until the filling is completely cooled.

Once the filling is chilled, make the frosting:

  1. Cream the shortening and butter with an electric mixer. Add chocolate and vanilla. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating thoroughly as you go. Once the sugar is added, the mixture will appear dry.  Add the milk and corn syrup and beat until light and fluffy.
  2. Heat the frosting in the microwave for 20 second intervals until the frosting is pourable.  Pour frosting evenly over the top of the chilled cake. Place cake in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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