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Homemade Ho Ho Cake Recipe from Scratch. Chocolate cake, vanilla filling and smooth chocolate frosting. An easy 9 x 13 cake recipe that feeds a crowd. Just like your favorite hostess treat.
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Ho Ho Cake

A rich chocolate cake, topped with a fluffy vanilla filling and a smooth chocolate frosting. Just like our favorite childhood treat.
Prep Time1 minute
Cook Time30 minutes
Inactive Time1 hour 39 minutes
Total Time2 hours 10 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 18 servings
Calories: 392kcal


For the Cake

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar

For the Cream Filling

  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup butter softened

For the chocolate frosting

  • 10 tablespoons butter melted
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 raw egg


Cake Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Add the remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth.
  • Pour into a greased 9x13 inch baking pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool completely.

Filling Directions

  • Meanwhile, start the filling. Whisk together the flour and cold milk in a saucepan. Cook over low heat until bubbly and thick. Set aside to cool.
  • When cool, add the sugar, vanilla, and butter. Beat until smooth and fluffy. If it doesn't look like it's coming together, just keep beating it. Spread onto the cooled cake.

Frosting Directions

  • To make the frosting. Beat together the butter, cocoa, hot water, vanilla, powdered sugar, and egg. Spread frosting over cream filling. Chill for 30 minutes before serving.


Serving: 1piece | Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 254mg | Potassium: 124mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 55g | Vitamin A: 71IU | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 2mg