9/6/06

Ho Ho Birthday Cake


I made this one for my sons birthday. It was a huge hit and my husbands first words after taking a bite were; "It's a keeper!" I used two different recipes though, and just kind of muddled my way through. This is the end result.

Cake:

1 dark chocolate devils food cake mix (brand name, not store brand)
1 1/4 c water
3 eggs
1/2 c canola oil

Make the cake according to directions and bake in (2) 8 or 9 inch round pans. Follow the timing on the box (averages 32 minutes). Let cool completely. Slice the tops off to make them completely flat and even.

Filling:

1 cup sugar
6 oz. evaporated milk
1/2 c butter
1 T vanilla
2/3 c shortening
1/8 t salt

Icing:
1 container store bought dark fudge frosting

Beat the filling ingredients until light and fluffy. With a KitchenAid mixer this only takes about 3 minutes. With a handheld it may take up to 7-8 before it comes together. Spread the filling over the cooled cake and top with the second cake. Press down lightly to flatten and make even.

Microwave the frosting for about 20 seconds until it's pourable. Drizzle the frosting over the sides and then pour 1/2 - 3/4 on top. Smooth with a butter knife, spatula or frosting knife.

Cover loosely and refrigerate at least 24 hours.



*edited to add*

Here is feedback from a reader sent by email re; the cake!

Thank you so much for the recipe for your Ho Ho cake!  I made it today for
my husbands birthday, and it was a huge hit!!! Your recipes always look
delicious, and this one ROCKED! Thank you so much!!
Have a great weekend,
Jen



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