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the ultimate decadent ding dong cake

★★★★☆ 39
a recipe by
Becky Hudgins
Joshua, TX

This cake recipe was given to me using a boxed mix.I decided to take the cake up 100% notches and changed it completely.This cake is one of a kind.I did my homework to make sure it isn't a copycat.This cake can be served as just a home dessert or Served at any function.Hope everyone enjoys it.Picture's of each step will be added in a few days.

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Oh my! This cake is as decadent as the sum of its parts... and then some!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★☆ 39
serves 10
prep time 1 Hr 25 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For the ultimate decadent ding dong cake

  • 12 oz
    semi-sweet chocolate baking bar, melted and cooled
  • 3 stick
    3 sticks butter no salt
  • 21/2 c
    granulated sugar
  • 3 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 6 lg
  • 4 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
  • 2 c
    whole milk
  • 21/4 c
    whole milk ricotta cheese, drained overnight w/ cheesecloth & squeezed dry
  • 21/4 c
    mascarpone cheese
  • 3/4 c
    powdered sugar
  • 11/2 tsp
    grand marnier (*vanilla extract may be substituted for the grand marnier.)
  • 11/2 tsp
    teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch
  • 1/2 c
    soft butter
  • 6 Tbsp
  • 1 c
    ghirardelli sweet ground cocoa
  • 5 c
    confectioners sugar
  • 2 dash
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract

How To Make the ultimate decadent ding dong cake

  • 1
    PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease four 9-inch-round baking pans
  • 2
    FOR CAKE: IF YOU PREFER YOU CAN USE A BOX CAKE AND JUST SLICE LAYERS. BEAT sugar, butter and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl. Add eggs; beat for 1 minute. Beat in melted chocolate. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; beat into creamed mixture alternately with milk.
  • 3
    POUR into prepared baking pan(s).
  • 4
    BAKE for 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 20 minutes; invert onto wire rack(s) to cool completely.
  • 5
    let all 4 layers cool completely.While layers are cooling make Cream Filling and Frosting.
  • 6
    Cream Filling: Mix filling ingredients together. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use (at least a couple of hours).
  • 7
    Frosting: Combine butter, milk, cocoa in a saucepan over low heat until butter melts.Remove from heat.
  • 8
    Add confectioners sugar, salt and vanilla. Beat until smooth.Set aside.
  • 9
    How to assemble your Ding Dong Cake: Divide Cream Filling into 3 portions. On top of bottom cake layer add 1/3 cream filling.Top with a cake layer.Add 1/3 cream to the top then add another cake layer.Add the remaining cream and top with last cake layer.
  • 10
    Adjustment: Align layers making sure they are all even.This will be a tall cake.Add frosting to cake.Make sure you use all the frosting.Refridgerate until ready to cut and serve.