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Chocolate Ho Ho Cake Recipe

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. ;)
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best cake, Best chocolate cake recipe, ho ho cake, ho ho dessert
Servings: 20
Calories: 395kcal



  • 1 (15.25 ounce) chocolate cake mix
  • Ingredients called for on cake mix


  • 5 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar


  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup butter (softened)
  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


  • Make cake according to directions on package (or use your favorite homemade chocolate cake recipe). Let cake cool completely.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 299mg | Potassium: 160mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 569IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 2mg