TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 prepared 9-inch round chocolate cakes
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons milk


  1. For filling, in a small saucepan, combine flour and milk until smooth; stir in 1/3 cup sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  2. Transfer to a large bowl; cool. Beat in the shortening, butter, vanilla, salt and remaining sugar until smooth. Spread between cake layers.
  3. For glaze, melt butter and cocoa in a small saucepan. Whisk in confectioners' sugar and enough milk to achieve a drizzling consistency. Drizzle over top of cake, allowing some to drape down the sides. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Edna's Ho Ho Cake in Country June/July 1990, p53

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ddawn233 User ID: 8424697 228405
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2015

"AWESOME !!!!"

nightskystar User ID: 1034705 41306
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2014

"I read all the reviews...folks I used granulated written. the trick is to beat it a LONG time, as I do ANY buttercream or filling recipe. That makes it light and fluffy. Patience is the key you need to let the sugar dissolve. I am lucky enough to have a stand mixer..i turn it on and walk away and do something else for 5 minutes. If i didnt have a stand mixer I would just take the time to use a hand mixer the same way. Directions are clear to use 2 9" PREPARED chocolate layers. This is a great recipe...everyone loves it!!"

JulieD27 User ID: 2543951 39509
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2013

"Really good. I've made it twice. The recipe definately means confectioners sugar. When making the filling just keep beating it until it thickens. It takes awhile."

suebrookssweettreats User ID: 6230383 13954
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2013

"what was the filling between layers?

this recipe as printed omitted the hoho filling"

sstetzel User ID: 158954 37861
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2012

"[quote user="blueridge435"]

Is there something missing in your recipe? Perhaps using prepared cake mix for the layers? Patricia J
Patricia it calls for 2 prepared cake layers, you can use a mix or your favorite cake recipe.  The choice is yours. Smile"

sxmsady User ID: 6230419 8739
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2012

"what kind of shortening did everyone use?"

blueridge435 User ID: 3721844 15092
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2012

"Is there something missing in your recipe? Perhaps using prepared cake mix for the layers? Patricia J"

C-0 User ID: 4962562 40098
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2012

"It's a quick and very easy cake!"

nickheather User ID: 2604153 38326
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2012

"We made this for my sons 2nd birthday party. It was fantastic! I received all sorts of great compliments."

ladams1221 User ID: 1484868 30610
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2011

"I am not saying to change the granulated sugar called for in the filling to confectioner's sugar. Take Try2cook4fun's advice and chill the filling while baking your cake. Then, after adding the remaining ingredients, beat for a good 5 minutes to make a light, fluffy filling in which the sugar is completely dissolved. I would change my rating of this recipe to 5-stars if it would let me."

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