My dad had a work party at our house last week, and I was exited to be in charge of making a few desserts for it. Well, a couple of desserts turned into about 3 dozen cookies and 2 colossal cakes. I was baking all morning getting things in the oven, icing cakes, and rolling cookies into balls and then in sugar. Whew! Talk about a long morning!
One of my favorite parts, though, was to make this beautiful Ho Ho Layer Cake. It’s pretty simple for a 3 layer cake. The hardest part, I thought, was trying to pour 1 recipe of cake batter into 3 pans. Which isn’t that hard, but the perfectionist in me wanted it perfectly even.
I didn’t succeed in getting it perfectly even, so one layer is thicker than the other two. But in the end,when this beauty is iced and your mouth is drooling from all of that chocolate, no one notices.
I don’t know any kid that doesn’t like Ho Ho’s. And maybe even any adult, for that matter. Right now, I’m being homeschooled, but as soon as I saw these chocolate rolls, it took me back to my school lunchroom days. They were one of my favorite desserts for my mom to pack for me. I love homemade cookies and all, but you have to admit, a Swiss Cake Roll once and a while isn’t that bad.
Actually, it’s amazingly good.
When it comes to frostings and rich desserts, I am fairly picky. I don’t like many because they are so sweet. Some things, like cheesecake, I can only permit 2 or 3 bites per sitting. Everyone I’ve told this to has said I was crazy.
Ho ho’s are the perfect combination of sweet and chocolate for me.
Which means this Ho Ho Layer Cake is perfect for me.
For the chocolate cake in this recipe, I used the same recipe that I used for myr Reese’s Peanut Butter Cake. This time, though, I used a creme filling and a chocolate ganache (melted chocolate and whipping cream) on top. Oooo…..this is so good!!
Store this cake in the fridge if you are not eating it right away. I removed the cake from the fridge about an hour before we were going to eat it. We all actually liked the cake better on the second day.
On the second day, though, I didn’t put it back in the fridge and, because the cake was cut, it all ended up sliding apart. The cake was a mess, but let me tell you…it was one goooood mess.
If you’ve got leftovers, store them in the fridge in order to keep it neat and tidy.