Chocolate Ho Ho Cake

Rich and chocolatey with all the goodness of the Hostess treats we all love! Our chocolate ho ho cake will bring you right back to your childhood without restricting you to what’s in that tiny package. For good and for bad. ;)

We love all of the chocolate cake in this household. It’s probably why we have so many delicious chocolate cake recipes! But let’s be real, who doesn’t love a good chocolate cake!?!

Well, this one is it, It is great! Every time I bring it somewhere I am constantly getting asked for the recipe because it is just that good! 

The cake is very moist and the frosting divine! You truly will feel like you are eating a grown-up Hostess Ho Ho cake. You will have a hard time limiting yourself to one piece, and that’s okay, live a little! 😉

If you are like me and my family and always enjoy a good chocolate cake, let me give you a few more to try! For those late nights when you just need a treat, try our CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER MUG CAKE, or why not make up either our CHOCOLATE CARAMEL TOFFEE CRUNCH CAKE or our SNICKERS CAKE {GOOEY CARAMEL CHOCOLATE CAKE}. They are all fantastic!

Take a look at the lists below to make this absolutely delicious chocolate dessert

Ho Ho Chocolate Cake ingredients:

  1. Chocolate cake mix
  2. Cake mix ingredients on the box
  3. Flour
  4. Half and Half
  5. Vanilla extract
  6. Butter
  7. Sugar
  8. Semisweet chocolate chips
  9. Butter
  10. Heavy whipping cream
  11. Powdered sugar

If you find out that you don’t have whipping cream or it unfortunately expired, you can try this whipping cream (heavy cream) substitute recipe from Eugenie Kitchen to make your own!

Everything you will need to make this easy dessert recipe:

  • 9 x 13 inch baking pan (THIS one is great for storing)
  • Medium saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Mixing bowl (3) (THESE ones work wonderfully)
  • Hand or stand mixer
  • Rubber spatula
  • Microwave safe bowl
  • Mixing spoon


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Read carefully how to make this decadent Six Sisters Ho Ho Cake!

To begin, make up the box chocolate cake according to its directions or you could even make your favorite homemade recipe, but the key is to make sure that it is cooled down completely. 

Once that is done, in a medium saucepan whisk together the half and half with flour over medium heat on the stove. Whisking constantly until the mixture becomes very thick, almost like a pudding or custard type consistency. It should take a couple of minutes. 

After it has reached the desired consistency, place the creamy mixture into the fridge allowing it to cool down completely. Once it is completely cooled, stir in the vanilla extract. 

In another mixing bowl, mix together 1 cup of softened butter and the granulated sugar until they become fluffy. 

Now, add in the cooled flour and half and half mixture to the butter and sugar mixture and beat it all together until it becomes light and fluffy. It should take about 3-4 minutes or so. Then spread it over top of the cooled cake. 

Next, dump in the chocolate chips into a bowl and then using a microwave-safe bowl, heat up the heavy cream. About 30 seconds or so. 

Once the cream is hot, pour it over top of the chocolate chips and let it sit for a minute, then begin to gently stir it together melting the chocolate. 

Now cream the remaining butter and powdered sugar in another mixing bowl.

After the butter and sugar become creamy pour in the melted chocolate and mix it all together. 

Then once the frosting is blended together, spread it immediately over the top of the creamy layer this will stop it from getting that grainy appearance. 

FROSTING TIP: If you want it to be thicker, add more powdered sugar. If you want it to be thinner, add more whipping cream. 

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Serves: 20

Chocolate Ho Ho Cake
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  • 1 (15.25 ounce) chocolate cake mix
  • Ingredients called for on cake mix
  • Filling:
  • 5 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Frosting:
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup butter (softened)
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Make cake according to directions on package (or use your favorite homemade chocolate cake recipe). Let cake cool completely.
  2. In a medium saucepan, whisk flour into half and half over medium heat on stove top. Whisk constantly until very thick, similar to the consistency of thick pudding or custard- it will take a couple of minutes.  Cool completely (place in refrigerator if you want to speed the cooling process).  Stir in  vanilla.  In a mixing bowl, mix 1 cup softened butter and granulated sugar until fluffy. Add cooled flour/milk mixture to butter/sugar mixture and beat until light and fluffy (will take a couple of minutes).  Spread on cooled cake.
  3. Dump chocolate chips in a bowl. Heat heavy cream and pour hot cream over chocolate.  Let sit for a minute; stir gently to melt.  Cream butter and powdered sugar in another bowl and then stir the two mixtures together.  If you want it to be thicker, add more powdered sugar. If you want it to be thinner, add more whipping cream. Spread on cake immediately because the frosting starts to set up and become grainy in appearance if you let it sit for long.


lacto vegetarian
egg free
seafood free
treenut free
sesame free
mustard free



7539 cal


378 g


1048 g


65 g
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Recipe slightly adapted from Stella B’s Kitchen

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30 Responses to “Chocolate Ho Ho Cake”

  1. T Sanders
    Made this for my husband's birthday :) AMAZING!! For the cream I used a blender to blend it enough to get rid of the graininess. And to Erin did you use butter or margarine? That could be why it is separating. The only thing I may change is I might add more butter to the powdered sugar or melt the butter. I could never get it to cream and that again could be why the frosting turns out grainy. Even with using a blender for the chocolate frosting it still would not smooth out before it started to set.
  2. This is actually my second time making this cake :) I made it last year for my husband's birthday and he LOVED it! So when I asked my daughter what to do for this year it was a no brainer :) I didn't have a big issue with the graininess off the chocolate. I just used the mixer a bit longer to help smooth it out. And what graininess there was, was more in looks than taste.
    • Hi Amelia, I'm sorry you are having trouble with the icing. I went out to the post and reviewed all the comments to see if anyone else was having problems. I read where one lady said to melt the butter instead of having it just softened. That might be helpful.
  3. JackieG
    This is my mom’s signature dessert! A must at every Christmas gathering! I know after spreading on the cream filling she refrigerates it until it’s firm. I read some folks are having issues with the icing. My mom taught me to work fast and keep spreading and moving it. It will separate some but usually I can keep pushing and spreading it. Honestly it’s taken me a couple times of making it to work out the kinks and be able to make it as good as my mom! All I know is regardless of how the top layer ends up looking, the family fights over the last piece!

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