Desserts

Better-Than-Ding-Dongs Cake

Gluten Free Ding Dongs Cake: Rich chocolate cake, Light, smooth, creamy filling topped with a decadent chocolate ganache.

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I found this fab-looking Ding Dong Cake recipe on Chocolate, Chocolate and More and knew that I had to try it. We had some family over this past weekend so I decided to use the extra company as an excuse to whip up a large and decadent cake. 

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It. Was. Amazing.

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Rich chocolate cake, Light, smooth, creamy filling topped with a decadent chocolate ganache.

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My gorgeous-gluten-eating-sister-in-law graciously assisted in the taste testing. I think she approved:)

We may or may not have shared a slice before dinner. Don’t tell :)

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And despite the beauty of it and the number of steps, it really wasn’t too difficult to make. If you’ve never made a cake from scratch, I’d recommend starting with something a little more basic but in reality, you could probably pull this off and wow all your friends. 

Enough talking though, go MAKE THIS CAKE!

  

Better-Than-Ding-Dongs Cake

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*gluten-free *soy-free *oat-free

Notes:

  • My flour mix works sooo well for cakes that I highly recommend it.
  • That being said, Jules Shepard’s gluten free flour mix works wonders as a thickening agent so I highly recommend it for the filling. Buy a bag or two and use it in all your sauces and gravies and you won’t miss the old-fashioned wheat stuff at all. She also has an amazing looking pretzel recipe I’ve been aching to try.You may be able to substitute corn starch in this recipe, but I haven’t tried doing so myself. 

Ingredients

Cake:

  • 3 oz semi-sweet baking chocolate (original recipe says you could use chocolate chips)
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups gluten free flour mix (add 1 1/4 tsp xanthan gum if flour doesn’t have any.)
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt (sea salt is best)

Filling:

  • 5 T GF Jules Flour
  • 1 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup butter (I used real, salted, butter)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

Ganache:

  • 1 (12 oz) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 T butter

Instructions:

For the Cake:

  1. Chop chocolate into pieces the size of chocolate chips and put into a medium bowl.
  2. Pour hot water over chocolate and let sit about 2 minutes, until chocolate is completely melted.
  3. Stir until all melted chocolate is incorporated into the water. Set aside.
  4. In bowl of stand mixer (if you don’t have one, just use your regular bowl and hand mixer), Whip whole eggs with whisk attachment about 3 minutes until very frothy.
  5. Add canola oil, buttermilk, and vanilla and mix briefly to combine.
  6. Add flour mix, sugar, xanthan gum if needed (only if your flour mix doesn’t have any added), baking soda, baking powder, and salt and mix on medium speed using paddle attachment for 3 minutes.
  7. Add chocolate mixture and mix until smooth.
  8. Preheat oven to 325º F.
  9. While oven is preheating, spray two 9″ round cake pans with cooking spray or generously grease. Use your pans to trace two 9″ circles on parchment paper and cut them out. Place one on the bottom of the inside of each of your greased pan, and lightly spray with cooking spray. This will make removing your cakes a lot easier!
  10. Pour batter into pans, about 2/3 full. I had enough batter to make two mini loaf pans as well. If I would have used all the batter for the cake, it would have overflowed, so only fill 2/3 full!
  11. Bake cake for 30-40 minutes, just until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Watch the cake carefully, it’s much better if it’s moist!
  12. Let cake cool for 30 minutes in the pan before inverting onto cooling racks. Peel the parchment paper off the cakes and let cool completely (I covered with a light towel and cooled overnight)

For the Filling:

  1. Measure Jules flour mix (or cornstarch) into a medium saucepan.
  2. Gradually add milk, whisking as you go, until mixture is smooth and there are no lumps.
  3. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thick like a roux. It should be like a really thick, sticky pudding. This should take about 5 minutes or so. Add vanilla.
  4. Scrape mixture into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until completely cool.
  5. In bowl of stand mixer, beat butter and granulated sugar with whisk attachment about 8 minutes, until smooth and very fluffy. Add milk/flour mixture and whisk another 5 minutes or so on high, scraping sides often, until it is no longer grainy. It should be creamy and fairly light.
  6. Slice the mounded top off one of the 9″ cakes, so that  it is flat. and place it on a rack over a wax paper or foil-lined cookie sheet.
  7. Spread filling evenly over this cake, and invert the other cake over the filling so the rounded top is upside down. Press down gently.

For the Ganache:

  1. Put chocolate chips in a medium bowl.
  2. Heat cream and butter over medium heat just until boiling. Be careful not to scorch.
  3. Pour cream over chocolate chips and let sit for a few minutes.
  4. Stir together well until mixture resembles a thick chocolate sauce, all chocolate is melted, and all ingredients are combined.
  5. Slowly pour ganache right over your cake. It will spread over the cake as you pour, but you may have to smooth it out a little with a spatula so the ganache will run down the sides.
  6. Let sit for about 4 hours.
  7. When ganache is set, you can (carefully) remove the cake to a serving platter, slice and serve.
  8. Store leftovers (if there are any!) in the fridge.

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30 Comments

  • Reply
    Melissa @ The Glen House
    October 14, 2014 at 1:42 am

    Great photos and a great recipe!

    • Reply
      lifeafterwheat
      October 14, 2014 at 8:38 am

      Thanks! It’s such a fun cake to make…also fun to eat :)

  • Reply
    Joan@Chocolate and More
    October 20, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Your cake looks fabulous! So glad you enjoyed it and you were able to make it Gluten Free too!

    • Reply
      lifeafterwheat
      October 20, 2014 at 8:43 am

      Thanks for the inspiration Joan, it was a huge hit!

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  • Reply
    Julia
    March 24, 2015 at 10:31 am

    I’m new to GF and love your site! I followed this recipe, and the cake was too oily to eat. Is 3 cups of canola oil correct? Thanks!

    • Reply
      LifeAfterWheat
      March 24, 2015 at 11:46 am

      Julia I am so sorry, major typo! It is actually 3/4 cup oil and I will change the recipe accordingly. Thanks for letting me know, I hope you get to enjoy it another time!

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    Strength and Sunshine
    June 1, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Even before I was GF, I don’t know if I ever had, one! Haha! But they look fun!

    • Reply
      LifeAfterWheat
      June 1, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      Not so healthy Rebecca, but fun…definitely! Next time you indulge you should give this cake a go!

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    Paula
    June 2, 2015 at 8:00 am

    I think this may be my birthday cake!

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    johnna | In Johnna's Kitchen
    June 2, 2015 at 9:16 am

    WoW! I completely understand having a slice of this before dinner. Looks delectable.

    • Reply
      LifeAfterWheat
      June 2, 2015 at 11:08 am

      Completely justifiable right? Hope you give it a try!

  • Reply
    Sarah | (Cooking for) Kiwi & Bean
    June 2, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Oh wow this looks incredible. Do you deliver? :-)

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    Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog
    June 3, 2015 at 5:20 am

    This cake looks fabulous! I just want to take a spoon to that ganache!

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    Audrey @ Unconventional Baker
    June 4, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Whoah, that is one impressive-looking cake! <3 Who needs ding-dongs when you can have a jumbo version anyhow 😉

  • Reply
    Nancy
    September 2, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Great looking cake and wonderful site! I’m really new to gluten free eating (1 week!) and also need to give up dairy. Do you think I could substitute the milk for almond milk?

    • Reply
      LifeAfterWheat
      September 2, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      Welcome to gluten free Nancy! Between the semi-sweet chocolate and buttermilk, this isn’t a recipe I would try to convert to dairy free. Sorry :( There are, however, lots of mouth watering dishes on my site that are ALREADY dairy free, I hope you try them! My personal favorite are the Nutella Stuffed Rice Krispie Treats, you would just use Justin’s Hazelnut spread instead of Nutella (I actually prefer it that way)

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    Rita Dieckmann
    December 29, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    This looks Deeeelicious!! I don’t have to bake gf for anyone in my family,however, I do look for gf and also try to watch the dairy(I use buttermilk,she can have that) for someone special in our family circle. Here’s my question, if I want to use regular flour (if making just for us) are the ratio’s the same? Also, I sometimes use Krusteaz brand gf flour ( I find it at Sam’s Club, and it works for her if used occasionally), have you ever tried it or know if the ratios would be the same for it? It says that it has xantham gum in it and uses whole grain sorghum flour,brown rice flour, whole grain Millet flour, rice flour and 2% or less of food starch-modified(tapioca),whole grain quinoa flour, xantham gum.
    Then MAY contain milk,soy and eggs.
    I hope that you’re still responding to questions on this post and that this isn’t to crazy of a post!! I would really love to make this, for New Years Eve…please help ☺?

    • Reply
      LifeAfterWheat
      December 30, 2015 at 12:13 am

      Hi Rita! This cake is so wonderful, I know you’ll love it! I have no experience with making this with regular wheat flour, and I also haven’t baked with the Krusteaz brand. Sorry! I highly suggest using my flour blend or gfJules. gfJules really is a must for the filling! You can find it at some natural foods stores or order online, check her website gfjules.com to order or go to https://gfjules.com/buy-local/ to see a list of stores. Have a wonderful New Years, and don’t be afraid to ask more questions if they arise!

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    Vanessa
    January 3, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Just reading the recipe and have noticed that after setting aside the chocolate it seems to be omitted from the recipe. Please can you change this? Orherwise a fabulous cake – am making it for a wedding cake.

    • Reply
      LifeAfterWheat
      January 4, 2016 at 8:59 pm

      Thanks for pointing that out Vanessa, I’ve added that step to the recipe. You add the chocolate along with the buttermilk, oil, and vanilla. Enjoy!

      • Reply
        Julie
        October 22, 2016 at 10:02 pm

        The addition of chocolate mixture is still missing from the instructions.

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          thereislifeafterwheat@gmail.com
          October 25, 2016 at 1:29 pm

          Thanks for pointing that out Julie! I added it in.

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