Ding Dong Cake

This Copycat Hostess Ding Dong Cake recipe is a rich, decadent chocolate cake, with a creamy filling and chocolate ganache spread over the top! So easy, you’ll love it!

Remember Hostess Suzy Q’s? These Chocolate Whoopie Pies remind me of that classic treat! Or try our easy homemade hostess cupcakes next!

Ding Dong Cake with one slice removed on a silver cake plate.

Why this Recipe Works

Growing up my mom would buy us Little Debbie snacks and Hostess snacks for our lunch boxes. We never knew what she would come home with, but I always got a little giddy when a box of Ding Dongs were in the cabinet.

Two layers or chocolate cake with a cream filling, all coated in chocolate ganache.

Look familiar? Today’s Ding Dong Cake is just that, only….bigger!

Slice of ding dong cake on white plate with cake platter in background.

Step by Step Instructions

Bake the Cakes. Start by baking up two 9-inch chocolate cakes. I used my favorite chocolate cake recipe for this, so fudgy and perfect. If you choose to go with a boxed mix, make sure it’s a rich and fudgy version, like a Devil’s Food cake.

Cream Filling. Next you’ll make the cream filling. It’s a less sweet buttercream frosting, sometimes called Ermine frosting. A friend at our old church called it boiled milk frosting. But I think that sounds gross, so let’s call it cream filling.

You’ll first put your cold milk and flour in a small saucepan and whisk until the lumps are gone. Heat this up until thick, stirring the whole time. You want to keep stirring and heating until it becomes thick, almost like pudding. Be patient.

Once your milk mixture is thick, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. COOL. Very important here. You don’t want this warm and melting your butter in the next step.

In a mixing bowl, cream your butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Slowly add in the COOLED milk mixture, beating until it resembles a thick whipped cream or frosting. Don’t be scared if it initially appears curdled, keep beating!

Assemble. Spread this thick layer of cream filling between your two cooled chocolate cake layers.

Cover in Ganache. Whip up some chocolate ganache (follow recipe instructions below) and pour it over the top and sides. Allow it set, and enjoy.

Slice of chocolate cake with cream filling and chocolate ganache.

Can you freeze Ding Dong Cake?

Yes! Wrap slices of cake in plastic wrap and slide into freezer safe ziploc bag or airtight container. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Thaw in refrigerator and serve.

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Yield: 16 servings

Ding Dong Cake recipe

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

This Copycat Hostess Ding Dong Cake recipe is a rich, decadent chocolate cake, with a creamy filling and chocolate ganache spread over the top!


For the cake:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup strong brewed coffee, cooled
  • ½ cup milk

For the cream filling:

  • 5 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

For the ganache:

  • 1 bag (12 ounce) semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 1 ¼ cup heavy whipping cream


For the cake:

  1. Spray two 9-inch cake pans with baking spray. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In a measuring cup, combine cooled coffee with milk*. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar for 5 minutes with an electric mixer. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Slowly add in dry ingredients and alternate with the coffee/milk mixture (about 3 additions of each).
  5. Once all the ingredients are added, beat cake mixture for about 2-3 minutes until fluffy (scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed).
  6. Divide cake batter into the two cake pans. Bake in oven for 25 minutes. Remove and allow to cool about 10 minutes in pan. Invert on a wire rack and cool completely.

For the cream filling:

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the flour with milk, whisking until lumps removed. Turn on medium heat and continue to whisk until mixture becomes thick, like a pudding.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Cool completely.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine butter and sugar, beat until light and fluffy (about 4 minutes). Slowly add in the COOLED milk mixture, beating until combined. It may curdle slightly in the beginning, that's okay, keep beating until it becomes the texture of whipped cream!

For the ganache:

  1. In a glass bowl (safe for the microwave) combine semi sweet chocolate with heavy cream. Heat for 1 minute. Remove from microwave and stir until smooth (you may need to heat for another 15-30 seconds). Do not over heat. Set aside while you begin to assemble the cake.

To assemble:

  1. Place first layer of cooled cake on a cake plate. Top it with ALL of the cream filling. Add the second layer of cake on top.
  2. Slowly pour the ganache over the cake, using an offset spatula to help cover the top and sides. Allow to set, about 15 minutes. Slice and enjoy!


*The coffee in the cake does NOT give it a coffee flavor, it just boosts the chocolate flavor. If you desire, you can replace the ½ cup of coffee with an additional ½ cup of milk instead (making the total amount 1 cup of milk)

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 462Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 198mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 1gSugar: 37gProtein: 4g

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This Copycat Hostess Ding Dong Cake recipe is a rich, decadent chocolate cake, with a creamy filling and chocolate ganache spread over the top!

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Posted on April 30, 2021

Comments & Reviews

  1. 01/15/23 I just made this & everyone loved it.
    My only critique is that a pie dish or something deep to catch all the ganache will work much better.

  2. Would you recommend baking the cake on a sheet pan and spread the filling on top and roll it? Instead of 2 cake layers?

  3. With chocolate ganache it depends on the ratio of chocolate to cream you are using. The more cream you add, the more glaze like it is, the less cream will be a thicker consistency. If you google “sugargeekshow.com” chocolate ganache, Liz has all the ratios broken down for us. It is different from the types of chocolate, milk, dark, white. Also adding a pinch of salt and a pat of butter makes this so delicious! Hope that helps.

  4. I made this a couple of months ago and just wanted you to know how much I appreciate this recipe. This cake is the best, better than a box. I had no problems with the cream filling or the granache. The only thing I did wrong was not cutting the cake to make even before I layered so when I put the second cake on top it leaned a little. Still very delicious. I need to make some cupcakes for a party and am going to use this cake recipe

  5. Can this cake be put in freeze once it’s cooled . I have to take it with me to a birthday party and it’s a long drive in summer heart.


  6. Hi, I made the Ding Dong Cake for my grandsons birthday. Cake turned out perfect as well as filling. But when I made the ganache it didn’t thicken enough. I put it in microwave for more time but hasn’t thickened enough the it can be spread. It’s too runny. Any ideas?

    1. Let it sit and cool Ganache will thicken up the longer it sits to the point where you can beat it and frost a cake.

      1. I’ve made this cake twice now!
        No issues at all and everyone loves it! This will be a regular for our get together and parties for sure! Thank you!

  7. Thank you for your beautiful recipes I love going back to try something else. Your recipes inspire me to cook more. I made your ding dong cake my family and friends they
    love it I made it two times it went in 2 days.

  8. Hey there. Thanks so much for sharing. I tried the filling recipe. It tasted terrific, however, it was a bit runny because of separation. What might I have done wrong. I’d LOVE to know, so I can make this again properly. Humble respects, Sherree…

    1. SOunds like you didn’t beat it long enough. It first curdles and separates, then comes together like whipped cream.

  9. I made this 2 time today and no matter how much I sprayed the pan I couldn’t get the cake out of the pan. Not a good recipe won’t try again

    1. Sounds like an issue with your pans or your spray. Was it baking spray? Maybe greasing and flouring your pans would work better.

    2. Try spraying the pan, then cutting parchment paper to fit, then spray again before pouring the batter. That always helps me.

    3. It’s not the recipe…it’s either your pans or what you used to grease them. Line your pans with parchment paper and you’ll never have an issue.

    4. My filling is not thick. I’m afraid when i out the top layer on it’s all going to ooze out! Is it possible to beat it too much?! I need help! It’s for my Dads birthday today! Haha why did i wait? Thanks

      1. My old “The Settlement Cook Book” has a recipe for devil dogs and the filling tastes exactly like it. As I remember with Ding Dong’s the filling didn’t taste buttery. Anyway, this is the one I used and it is very easy and you wouldn’t think from having evaporated milk. 1/3 c. evaporated milk, 2/3 cup shortening, 1/2 c sugar and 1/2 tsp vanilla. Mix w/electric mixer at high speed for 5 minutes. Double for the cake or triple. It doesn’t taste like much by itself but in the cake you will see what I mean.

  10. Oh my goodness, this was amazing, I did use a box cake mix……( cake mix, 3 eggs, 1 cup water, and 1 cup Mayo.) and then added espresso powder…..and keep whipping the cream it does come together……Just took longer then I thought…lol….

    1. This is the same recipe that Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond published a few years ago. She called it Chocolate Devils.

  11. Cake is great! Icing needs work. It oozed out everywhere.
    I’m going to use another Icing recipe next time. Loved the cake tho!

    1. If the ganache is too thin, put the bowl back in the refrigerator. Also all cakes do best frosted when chilled. Put your cake in the freezer. Then lay plastic wrap under a screen on a tray, pour the cooled ganache on the chilled cake. Tap the rack the cake is sitting on, to even out the ganache. It works every time.

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