Gluten free Ding Dong Cakes?
Yep, I did it. I wanted that rich, creaming, and satisfying treat from my youth.
It might of been sparked by my Mr bringing home Twinkies (which I hated as a kid, but it reminded me of my obsession of hostess Ding Dongs). It could of been sparked because I’m turning 30
this month tomorrow and now find it acceptable to use the term ‘youth’ when recalling something. Whatever the reason I needed to make them.
It was tempting to incorporate the cream filling into a frosting and call it good but I decided I needed to take the extra step and actually fill them. Sometimes a quick cupcake isn’t as satisfying as something filled like a Ding Dong.
The cake recipe makes a nice moist cake and made cutting out some of the center a breeze. It also allowed me to use the crumbs to cover the filling so it wouldn’t try to fall out. Just make sure not to over fill it with cream or it will ooze out and make frosting it difficult. Don’t worry if it looks pretty at this stage, you’ll be covering it with chocolate next.
I covered them with a basic ganache, so they aren’t going to set up like the traditional Ding Dong chocolate coating, but that was a detail I didn’t mind loosing. If you MUST have a hard coating you’re going to have to look up a recipe and switch it out because mine is still in the works, I’ll update with a link once I finish it.
I hope you love these Ding Dong Cakes as much as I do!
Gluten Free Ding Dong cakes
For the cakes
- 1/2 Cup Butter softened
- 3 Eggs
- 1/2 Cup Sour cream
- 1/4 Cup Oil
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 1 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1 Cup Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 gluten free flour blend
- 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
For the Filling and Ganache
- 1 Cup Marshmallow Cream
- 4 oz Semisweet Chocolate
- 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
Preheat oven to 350F and grease or line a cupcake pan.
In a stand mixer, cream together the butter, eggs, sour cream, oil, and sugar.
In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients.
With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet. Turn the mixer to med-high and whip together. The batter will be very thick.
Fill cupcake pans to 3/4 of the way full and smooth out the tops with a spoon.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Allow to cool completely before moving to the next step.
Once the cupcakes are completely cool, remove them from the pan or paper liner. Using a small pairing knife, cut out a small hole on the bottom and hollow out a portion of the inside. KEEP the cake pieces you remove, you will need them in a minute.
Spoon or pipe marshmallow cream into the holes, taking care not to over fill them.
Mash the removed cake pieces (they should be moist enough to form a dough) into a circle that will cover the hole on the bottom of your cake, covering the cream. This doesn’t need to be pretty, you are covering everything with chocolate soon.
Place the heavy cream in a microwaveable bowl and heat on high for 1 minute. Whisk in chocolate chips and let them melt together to form the ganache.
Spoon the chocolate ganache over your filled cakes, using the spoon to work the chocolate around the cakes completely.
Allow the ganache to set up slightly (or put into the freezer for 15-20 minutes) before serving.
This ganache recipe stays soft so if you want that crisp chocolate coating like a traditional Dong Dong you will have to substitute the ganache for a different recipe.