Chocolate HoHo Snack Cake
Do you remember Ho Ho’s? The small chocolate creme filled cakes? Well, I loved those and decided to recreate it in snack cake form. I define snack cake as any cake which either doesn’t have frosting or looks like this cake. A moist and fluffy chocolate cake, topped with a copy-cat Ho Ho creme filling, and covered with chocolate ganache. This cake is delicious. You will not be able to stop eating it, I can promise you that.
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, room temperature
1 and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 cup sugar
2/3 cup shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon water
1 and 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Ganache Frosting (from here)
8 ounces chocolate
1 cup heavy cream
Recipe: Chocolate Cake
Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 9×13 pan.
Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
Add the egg, vanilla, buttermilk, and butter. Beat on medium-high speed until combined well, about three minutes.
Stir in boiling water, the batter will be pretty thin- don’t worry about it.
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 18-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
Beat sugar, shortening, vanilla, milk, salt and water for about 7 minutes. It should be white and smooth.
Add powdered sugar and beat for 5 more minutes until creamy and smooth.
Place the chopped chocolate into the bowl of a food processor.
Heat the heavy cream in a quart-sized, microwavable container and microwave for 3 to 4 minutes on high, or until it just begins to simmer; be careful not to allow cream to boil over.
Pour the cream over the chocolate and let stand for 2 minutes. Process by pulsing several times until chocolate mixture is smooth. Pour over cake and refrigerate until set or overnight.