Homemade Ding Dongs

Cakes, Chocolate, Desserts

Hi! I have a weekend project for you: Ding Dongs. Yeah, it’s like that.

Nothing complicated about them…maybe a little time consuming…maybe just a tad. Nothing too major, though.

Can I walk you through it? Let’s do this together. #teamwork2011

You’ll need some wax paper and a pencil. And some scissors. I like feeling crafty in the kitchen. You’ll want to place them on the bottom of the cake pans (and grease them) since this batter is a little sticky.

Brew some strong, hot coffee and pour it over chocolate. The chocolate will melt and basically make an amazing mocha situation. This is good.

Per usual, there’s the typical flour, cocoa, dry ingredients sifting that’s necessary. Then there’s the wet mixture thing and you have to combine the two. Easy peasy. Bake them and you’ll be met with two gorgeous looking cakes:

While the cakes are cooling, you’ll want to make the ganache and 7-minute marshmallow filling. Both easy. Messy but easy.

This is when the fun begins! Take a biscuit cutter and cut out as many circles as you can. You can use the scraps for cake pops.

P.S. You can actually freeze them for later since you’ll have ding dongs, and in my opinion they kind of taste better than cake pops.

Flip the cake cut-out over, and taking a knife (or smaller cutter), cut out a smaller hole in the center. Set the cut out aside. Fill the center with the marshmallow frosting…

And replace the hole. See!

Gently turn it over, and using a pastry brush, lay on the ganache. I placed mine on a baking sheet (lined with parchment) and stuck it in the fridge to set.

Since this lacks all the chemicals, they’ll be messy when you eat them. But that’s the good part, right?


Homemade Ding Dongs

Cake recipe slightly adapted from Smitten Kitchen

Yields 15 ding dongs

Print this recipe!

2 ounces of fine-quality semisweet chocolate
1 cup of hot brewed coffee
2 cups of white granulated sugar
1 2/3 cups of all-purpose flour
1 cups unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch process)
1 1/3 teaspoons of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of table salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup well-shaken buttermilk
1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 300°F. and grease pans. Line the bottoms of 2 10-inch round cake pans with wax paper and grease paper. If you don’t have 10-inch cake pans, you can make 2 9-inch cake pans and a dozen cupcakes.

2. Finely chop chocolate and transfer to a bowl. Pour hot coffee over chocolate and let the mixture stand, stirring occasionally, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.

3. Into a large bowl, sift together sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In another large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat eggs until thickened slightly and lemon colored. Slowly add oil, buttermilk, vanilla, and melted chocolate mixture to eggs, beating until combined well. Add sugar mixture and beat on medium speed until just combined well.

4. Divide batter between pans and bake in the middle of oven until a tester inserted in center comes out clean, about 1 hour.

5. Cool layers completely in pans on racks. Run a thin knife around edges of pans and invert layers onto racks. Carefully remove wax paper and cool layers completely. Cake layers may be made 1 day ahead and kept, wrapped well in plastic wrap, at room temperature.

Seven Minute Frosting

Recipe from Epicurious

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
3 large egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

In large metal bowl, whisk together 1/3 cup water, sugar, egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt. Set bowl over pan of barely simmering water and mix with handheld electric mixer at low speed. Gradually increase speed to high, beating until mixture holds stiff peaks, about 5 minutes.

Transfer bowl from pan to folded kitchen towel on counter and continue beating until mixture is cool and billowy, about 2 minutes more. Beat in vanilla. (Frosting can be made 4 hours ahead and chilled, covered.)


14 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped into 1/2-ounce pieces
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon of unsalted butter

1. Place the chocolate chips in a stainless steel bowl.

2. In a small saucepan, bring the cream to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, take it off the heat, and pour the heavy cream over the chocolate. Allow the mixture to stand for 5 minutes and then stir it until completely smooth.


Once the cake layers have cooled completely, use a small round cookie cutter to cut small circles of cake out of the layers. Enjoy the scraps or save them for cake balls.

Using the cone method, scoop out a small portion of cake from each circle. Fill with 7-minute frosting and replace top of cake.

Using a pastry brush or spoon, cover individual cakes with ganache. Allow ganache to completely set up before serving.

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  • Reply A S June 12, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    I’ve been making these for over 6 years now. The ENTIRE RECIPE IS A SOLID A+. It’s even become one of my go to recipes for chocolate cake. When making cupcakes, I usually leave them around 30-40 minutes. *** Even if you are not a coffee drinker, USE THE COFFEE! You CAN’T taste it. It just makes boosts the flavor of the coco.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 18, 2019 at 3:52 pm

      OMG I love hearing this. It’s an oldie of a recipe for sure! 🙂

  • Reply Ele March 26, 2018 at 3:01 am

    Would you ever imagine that Brenda Leigh Johnson (The Closer) took me here ? Ding Dong ! well.. Ill’ take inspiration from you for making my own rendition. I love to mess with chocolate things

  • Reply Yolanda February 5, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    Hi. What size cookie cutter did you use?

  • Reply Sherri February 7, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Thank you so much for this recipe! These came out amazing. I had a sudden craving for a ring ding the other day and this definitely filled that void. The cake is moist and has a great texture. I was skeptical about the ganache at first thinking it was too rich. But I ended up spreading it around the little cakes nice and thin and once it set it was perfect. 5 stars from me!

  • Reply chocolate medals May 17, 2014 at 10:27 am

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  • Reply Tammy March 29, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Is there coffee in the original Ding Dong? I really don’t like the taste of coffee, so is there a substitute for the coffee?


    • Reply Adrianna Adarme March 29, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      It’s there to enhance the flavor of the chocolate. You can’t taste it.

  • Reply Becky July 14, 2013 at 6:18 am

    Are there any changes for high altitude?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme July 14, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      Oooo I’m not sure. I’ve always lived at sea-level. I’m sorry.

    • Reply LAURA E GIOMETTA June 28, 2020 at 8:50 am

      Did you ever make these in high-altitude? i’m around 5,500 feet. I’ll probably cut the sugar by 2 T, cut the baking soda by 1/4t. and maybe add a tablespoon extra of water or milk.

  • Reply oldasedas June 25, 2013 at 4:27 pm

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  • Reply marns June 19, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    How clever!!! And they look delicious. My mother bakes everything from scratch, and it’s great to find a recipe like this to try.

  • Reply michelle January 24, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    hey adrianna,

    im about to make these and i was wondering when u cut a small hole for the filling, after filling then you just put the ganache on top right? u dont put the piece that you cut back on? i know its a stupid question, just wanted to make sure.


    • Reply Adrianna January 24, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      Nope. I put the piece back in. I cut the piece of cake out of the bottom, fill, put the piece back in its place and then I brush on the ganache. Hope this clears it up! Enjoy!

  • Reply Jennifer January 1, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Do you think they would freeze ok? Wrapped in foil & in a freezer bag?

    • Reply Adrianna January 2, 2013 at 8:19 am

      Oh good question. I’m actually not sure. But cake traditionally doesn’t freeze terribly, so I’m guessing they’ll be ok. I’d make sure the chocolate ganache is set before wrapping them though. And then I’d wrap them in one layer of parchment, one layer of foil and then place them in a freezer bag. Hope they work out! Please le the know how it goes.

  • Reply Anita December 14, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I’m going to make these this weekend. Since I typically use Dutch process cocoa I need to buy some unsweetened cocoa.
    I’ve heard that they now have a Dark Chocolate unsweetened cocoa. Would this throw the taste off? I usually use dark chocolate in my ganache as well. I’m wondering if that would take away too much of the sweetness…

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