Sno Ball Cake

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Sno Ball Cake

This Sno Ball Cake is what we’re discussing today because it’s delicious! And cute.

When I’m recipe testing, I like to prop up my computer on a cutting board and watch trashy television. It helps cake and pie and cookie failures go down a bit easier.

Oh and my standards for trashy tv are SO low. It has been everything from Say Yes to the Dress (the Atlanta season is my favorite) to Rich Kids of Beverly Hills (oof!) to what I’m currently watching, Teen Mom.

Sno Ball Cake

Hostess Sno Ball Cakes

This cake, inspired by my childhood favorite (the sno ball!) was created thinking of those afternoons when I’d ride my bike to the corner store and buy sno balls in those plastic packets.

I’d usually get an iced cold coke and consume those two together. I’d go home and my mom would always ask me, “Did you ruin your dinner?” And I’d shake my head and hope my teeth weren’t brown from all the chocolate. Those were the best of times. Everything was so simple!

Sno Ball Cake

The Breakdown of a Hostess Sno Ball

In case you’re unfamiliar with a sno ball, allow me to elaborate. They’re a fist-sized chocolate cake round filled with marshmallow fluff. On the outside they are rolled tightly in electric pink coconut flakes.

The bright pink color pops out at you while you’re scanning the sugar for what type of sugar to consume. It really draws you in!

Sno Ball Cake

Sno Ball Cake

This cake is inspired by that treat. So here’s how it’s made up:

– The cake is a three layer (6-inch) cake. We have options though. If you don’t have 6-inch cake pans (no worries), make this in two (8-inch) cake pans.
– This super quick chocolate cake is covered in marshmallow frosting.
– This frosting is so fluffy and delicious.
– Coconut flakes are mixed and rubbed together with a teeny amount of red food coloring.
– And then they’re all on the sides and tops of the cake making it look like a gigantic Sno Ball!

Sno Ball Cake

Sno Ball Cake

This cake would make a great birthday cake, shower cake, “it’s just Saturday” cake. If you try it, give me a shout on Instagram.

Sno Ball Cake

Sno Ball Cake

Sno Ball Cake

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5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Decorating Cake 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Serving Size: 1 (6-inch, 3 layer) cake
Calories: 312kcal
Sno Ball Cake is inspired by the Hostess snack, sno balls. This is a chocolate cake, layered with fluffy marshmallow frosting and coated in pink coconut flakes.

Ingredients

Cake:

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 egg, plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk, shaken
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

7-Minute Frosting:

  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup white granulated
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Coconut Topping:

  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened or unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 drops red food coloring

Directions

To Make the Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour three 6-inch cake pans or two 8-inch cake pans. This batter is sticky so I also lined the bottoms with parchment. I highly recommend this. You don’t want to bake the whole thing up and have it stick. Set the pans aside. See below for link as to how to bake cake layers flat. I do this every single time and it’s SO helpful. Also, I own only two 6-inch cake pans and I baked up the first two layers first and then the third last. The batter was a-ok to do this!
  • In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand-up mixer (with the paddle attachment), add the all-purpose flour, sugar, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix until combined. Next, crack in the egg and egg yolk, pour in the buttermilk, warm water, olive oil and vanilla. Mix until thoroughly combined and the batter is smooth, about 1 minute. The batter will be thinner than cake batter that you’re probably used to—that’s ok!
  • Divide the cake batter amongst the cake pans and transfer to the oven to bake for 27 to 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Clean out the bowl you used to make the cake and dry it thoroughly. While the cakes are cooling, make the frosting.

To Make the Frosting:

  • In large metal bowl, whisk together the 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.)

To Make the Coconut Topping:

  • Add the coconut flakes and red food coloring to a bowl. (I ended up covering my hands with a ziplock bag so I wouldn’t get food coloring all over my hands.) Mix the coconut flakes and red food coloring together until evenly distributed. I liked mine to be baby pink. If you want bright pink, you may need to buy neon food coloring.

To Assemble the Cake:

  • Add a few tablespoons of frosting to the center of one of the rounds of cake. Smooth it around, until it reaches the edges. Place the second layer on top. And then place another few tablespoons of frosting to the center of the second round of cake. Smooth it around. Add the third layer. Add more frosting the top and the sides, smoothing it out the best you can. (Since we’re adding coconut flakes, it doesn’t have to be perfect.)
  • Press the coconut flakes to the sides, going all the way around. And add coconut flakes to the top of the cake. Slice and serve.

Notes

CourseDessert
CuisineAmerican
Keywordhostess cake, hostess cupcakes, hostess sno balls, marshmallow fluff frosting, marshmallow frosting, sno ball, sno balls
Serving: 4g | Calories: 312kcal
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  • Reply Bev May 23, 2016 at 11:08 am

    This cake looks so yummy and I really do like snoball cupcakes or at least the ones when I was a kid. The new Hostess cupcakes aren’t as good, so this would really hit the spot. What I wanted to find out is I only have 8″ or 9″ round pans, so how long would I need to bake them and is it ok to use 8″ pans? Thanks, Bev

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme May 24, 2016 at 10:13 am

      You’ll probably need to bake them for 30 to 32 minutes. Not too much longer! 🙂

  • Reply Jenna March 2, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    I’d like to eat a slice of this cake while watching a marathon of Keeping up with the Kardashians!! Totally my guilty pleasure, I get sucked in!

  • Reply Angela - Patisserie Makes Perfect March 1, 2016 at 7:22 am

    oh this looks so cute. I absolutely love it!

  • Reply June @ How to Philosophize with Cake February 26, 2016 at 3:42 am

    Awww what a cute cake! I love the pink coconut, so fun 🙂 That marshmallow frosting sounds amazing too!

  • Reply Hannah February 25, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    This cake looks like so much fun to make and looks absolutely delicious too! This is so cool!! And pretty. Love it! Thanks!

  • Reply Tux | Brooklyn Homemaker February 25, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Sweet baby jesus this looks unbelievable!

  • Reply Laura (A Beautiful Plate) February 25, 2016 at 9:11 am

    I’ve been binge-watching Felicity lately! But that’s my FAVORITE TV SHOW EVER, so it doesn’t quite fit into the trashy tv thing. This cake is gorgeous!!!!

  • Reply Angie-Food Frosh February 25, 2016 at 8:42 am

    This cake is so cute and looks delicious! When my daughter was an infant I would get sucked into Bridezilla’s at 3 a.m. ugh. Talk about tired but I couldn’t help it!

  • Reply Cindy February 24, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    I used to squish snoballs every time I saw them in a store.

    My go-to mindless tv shows are The Office, Buffy, and Supernatural (so bad!), and once I got sucked into watching every episode of Bridezillas Marriage Bootcamp. RIDIC.

  • Reply Melissa February 24, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Yes teen mom!!! Ugh that Farrah!
    Cake is beautiful!

  • Reply Nicole February 24, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Bless you and your love of Snoballs, too! I was one of the few people to actually cheer when Woody Harrelson’s character found a truck filled with Snoballs in Zombieland. LOL! #thatsnoballlife

  • Reply Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land February 24, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Commented this on FB but I’ll add it here: This cake is the cutest! LOVED the weirdness of snoballs as a kid!! So breast-implanty, like they would just come to life and start crawling out of their package. All in the best way possible!

    PS The Bachelor. aiyahhh

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme February 24, 2016 at 2:03 pm

      Totally boob-like! SO WEIRD! And yes, da bachelor! What a train wreck. Haha.

  • Reply Ashley Nathalie February 24, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever had a snoball before! But this cake looks amazing!

    Trashy tv… hmmm.. I was working from home for a month (to raise my new puppy!) and got into watching Total Divas. So.Much.Drama. I loved it!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme February 24, 2016 at 2:03 pm

      I gotta check out Total Divas. That show looks cray!

  • Reply Christine English February 24, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    This recipe just about made my week! I always loved sno balls as a kid (& still do at 30!) I am also guilty of loving teen mom.

  • Reply Megan (Cozy Eats) February 24, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    The Hills is by far my favorite trash TV, I will still watch old episodes. I think it’s mostly the nostalgia of hanging out with my best friend in high school and watching The Hills like “wtf Audrina, just dump Justin Bobby already.” Haha (Still love LC though). This cake is gorgeous too!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme February 24, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      True story I saw Justin Bobby at a coffee shop in LA like 6 months ago and he still wears that blue flannel shirt and drives a motorcycle! Haha.

      • Reply Megan (Cozy Eats) February 24, 2016 at 1:51 pm

        Haha! Oh that is great, I always found him strangely attractive. Is that wrong? haha.

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