Ding Dong Cake #TwoSweetiePies

It was Tom’s birthday. Two days after Christmas and I was just about desserted-out! He kindly let me have free reign over his birthday dessert so I picked this Chocolate Ding Dong Cake with Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream Filling and Caramel Ganache. Who wouldn’t love that????Ding Dong Cake | 2 thick moist chocolate cake layers filled with vanilla cream and topped with caramel infused ganache

Ding Dong the Diet is Dead!

Our oldest was due the first week of January many moons ago. The week of Christmas before his ETA, I spent many evenings working at the University Hospital where I was an oncology nurse. One night, I was pulled to another unit and waddled around taking care of my charges, not knowing little Thomas would arrive in less than 24 hours. He was our bonus tax deduction, born before January first. But he was also born two days after Christmas. That’s a short straw! So I always need to make sure I have a super-duper, decadent dessert to celebrate. A diet breaker.
Ding Dong Cake | 2 thick moist chocolate cake layers filled with vanilla cream and topped with caramel infused ganache

Hugs and Cookies to the Rescue

I popped over to Danielle’s blog, Hugs and Cookies XOXO, to check out her fabulous desserts, and immediately fell for this Salted Caramel Ding Dong Cake. Danielle had it decked out in chocolate dipped Twinkies, truly an extravagant dessert! Even without the third layer and Hostess garnishes, it was still fancy enough to celebrate a family birthday. I know Tom was thrilled!Ding Dong Cake | 2 thick moist chocolate cake layers filled with vanilla cream and topped with caramel infused ganache

Two Sweetie Pies

Thanks again to my lovely friend, Danielle, for another magnificent recipe! She is my go-to blogger for decadent treats. I promise you will love whatever you try from her blog!!! We share a recipe from each other’s sites every second Monday of the month. Tom was delighted with his birthday cake and I couldn’t help but sample sliver after sliver as I was cutting slices for the family. This is one of the most irresistible cakes you could imagine. Especially if you love Ding Dongs!

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Ding Dong Cake | 2 thick moist chocolate cake layers filled with vanilla cream and topped with caramel infused ganache

Ding Dong Cake #TwoSweetiePies

Serves 8-10 servings     adjust servings

Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins

A decadent cake reminiscent of the famous Ding Dong snack cake!



  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cups cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup hot coffee
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

Caramel Ganache

  • 10 ounces dark chocolate chips or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 8 ounces homemade caramel sauce or best quality store-bought caramel sauce

Cream Filling

  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • 1 1/2 cups chilled heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, and seeds scraped from inside the bean


  1. Adjust oven rack to the middle position. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and line 2, 8-inch baking pans with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the dry ingredients & mix.
  3. Add the buttermilk, hot coffee, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Mix on medium speed until well combined 1-2 minutes.
  4. Divide batter among cake pans and bake until a toothpick inserted comes out almost clean, about 35 to 40 minutes. Let cake cool in pans about 10 minutes then remove from pans and cool on a cooling rack until completely cooled. I froze mine at this point, overnight.
  5. Make caramel ganache by melting 10 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate or chocolate chips in the microwave till melted. Stir in 8 ounces of caramel sauce and whisk till smooth. Set aside to let thicken.
  6. Add the cold water to a small bowl, then sprinkle the gelatin over it. Allow to sit for about 10 minutes, until it has set.
  7. In a small skillet, add about ½-inch of water, and heat over medium-high heat. Place the small bowl with the gelatin directly inside the skillet. Stir the gelatin until it is melted, about 2 minutes. Remove the bowl from the skillet.
  8. In the mixer, use whisk attachment and beat the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla bean seeds. Beat on high to soft peaks. Add the melted gelatin mixture and continue to beat until stiff peaks have formed.
  9. Take the first cake layer and place it on a cake plate. Spread with half the ganache. Top with vanilla bean whipped cream. Chill for about a half hour to make sure the whipped cream can support the second layer. Add the second layer of cake and the rest of the ganache. Chill cake.


Recipe Notes

The cake is very difficult to slice when cold as the ganache will firm up. Remove cake from the refrigerator about a half hour before serving to let the ganache soften up a bit.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 908kcal Calories from fat 393
% Daily Value
Total Fat 44g 68%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 109mg 36%
Sodium 695mg 29%
Carbohydrate 131g 44%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 83g
Protein 10g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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  1. Ding-Dong Cake is a terrific way to celebrate Tom’s birthday…The cake and cream look so decadent and delicious! =)

  2. This cake looks so decadent and rich, perfect cake for a celebration!

  3. That ‘Ding Dong the Diet is Dead!’ was my first laugh of the day! So thank you for that, Liz. Now, if I could just get a slice or even a nibble to go with that, this cake looks divine.

  4. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    Wow, that cream layer looks amazing! Bet he loved this cake:@)

  5. Looks amazing Liz!
    Thanks for sharing

  6. The cake looks sinfully decadent and ever so tempting too!

  7. This cake is the perfect way to end that ridiculous diet lol! Looks amazing!

  8. Oh boy that looks good!!! The caramel ganache is definitely the “icing on the cake”!!! So pretty.

  9. What a fun and very impressive cake! I think you definitely made up for a birthday 2 days after Christmas Liz!

  10. So fun this birthday cake! happy belated birthday to Tom!

  11. Liz u outdid yourself!!!! LOVE!!!!! Xo

  12. Amazing birthday cake! Looks delicious!

  13. What a cake, this looks like an absolute perfect birthday dessert!

  14. Hotly Spiced says:

    My first born was also due the first week of January. But he was two weeks late so he is at least spared a birthday between Christmas and New Year. That does seem a difficult time to have a birthday and I’m sure over the years you’ve been mindful to not let the occasion slip by in a ‘too tired to be bothered’ manner. The cake is gorgeous and I love how you decorated it. It really does scream ‘celebration’. Happy birthday to Tom xx

  15. Now, that’s a birthday cake! You had me at caramel ganache!! You outdid yourself with this one, Liz!

  16. That is one decadent cake! Happy belated birthday to your bonus tax deduction baby.

  17. A work of art! I loved reading about the cream layer…nice!

  18. Know this what I call a cake. I would love this for my birthday. I would be sure to throw my diet out the window for a slice. Yum!

  19. Happy Birthday Tom ! It’s funny because my son born the 31th December juste like me, then is a great celebration for us too!! Your cake is just great ! Tom is lucky guy!

  20. I’m never disappointed with your desserts Liz, they are always OTT! You made this quite classy looking and I’m sure it was delicious. Happy birthday to Tom. It’s lovely that you go to such lengths, it’s difficult to have a birthday so close to Christmas and not lump it into one big celebration. My dear Mom’s husband’s birthday is December 18 and his very first (ever) birthday party was when my dear Mom threw him a 60th!

  21. The best way to celebrate a Birthday! Elegant and tempting.

  22. I’ve always been a huge fan of ding dongs, but this looks about 100 times even more delicious!

  23. This cake is everything!

  24. WWOW just WOW! Pinning then baking, then eating! Looks wonderful Liz!

  25. Ha! Great line, Liz — “ding dong the diet is dead!” This is definitely a decadent cake and I can imagine how quickly it would be devoured! Tom is one lucky son!

  26. As a kid one of my favorite treats was a ding dong. I love this recipe and without a doubt will be making it. I’d like to stick my finger in the filling and just eat it. YUM!!!

  27. omigosh I am obsessed-I can see the gorgeous vanilla bean flecks and…um…there’s ganache. THAT’S IT I’M DEAD. Pinned!

  28. Oh wow that looks amazingly decadent! Love the cream filling, looks like a wonderful contrast to the rich chocolate cake 🙂

  29. Decadent is putting it mildly, this is a show stopper!

  30. This looks delicious. Do you allow the gelatin to cool before adding it to the whipped cream?

  31. O M G !!! This cake looks AMAZING !!
    I really like the cake recipe (as I think cakes with oil are much more moist and soft)

  32. Lizzy,
    My hubby would love this cake! Chocolate and whipped cream…wow, he would be in heaven.

  33. This cake is the epitome of decadence. All that cream filling is calling my name!

  34. Happy belated birthday to Tom!(…….and to me as well 🙂 we have the same date of birth Tom!
    That’s great to see The DING DONG cake with two sweeties pies on your birthday. You are very lucky Tom and sure I will do this amazing cake on my next birthday. Thank you very much for the recipe!


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