Baking, Food

Hostess who?

When Dinner parties pop up, that hubs and I are not hosting, I jump at the chance to offer my dessert making services. I LOVE baking. I LOVE baking with chocolate. I LOVE baking things that make the fat kid in me stand up and wave. Enter the Ding Dong

Cake:
-Boxed Chocolate Cake Mix & everything needed to make a cakeFilling:
-2 cups marshmallow cream
-1/2 cup shortening
-1/3 cup powdered sugar
-1/2 teaspoon vanillaChocolate Coating:
-8oz Chocolate Chips (up to you if you want milk or dark)
-1 cup heavy cream

The cake part is simple. Just follow the baking instructions on the back of the box. Bake according to cupcakes temps.
Be sure to spray the cupcakes tins with plenty of baking spray. You won’t be using paper liners so you’ll need the tins to be extra slippery so the cakes can pop right out.
Bake ’em up!
Once they are done (use a toothpick dipped into the center, it will come out clean when the cakes are cooked), carefully pop them out to cool. They need to be totally cooled to complete the filling process. If you’re impatient, pop them into the fridge for 20 minutes, or the freezer for 5-10 minutes.
While you are waiting for the cakes to cool, this would be the perfect time to make the filling.
Pult all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix together until well combined.
Here’s a little tip…when you’re attempting to coax the marshmallow cream out of its jar, grease your spoon, spatula, finger, or whatever you are using, before putting it in the jar. That way it’ll come out into the bowl and not stick to said cooking utensil. 
 
Be warned, you WILL want to eat this by itself. This is where strong-will and self-control come in.
I know it doesn’t look like much, but trust me, it will be plenty to fill each cake…and maybe a little extra to eat sample along the way.
Time to shape and fill!
Once the cakes are completely cooled, scalp the little dome off the top of each one. You can save discarded pieces for cake pops, whoopie pies, or just for unhealthy snacking.
 
Next up, flip the cakes over and cut a hole out of the bottom. Be very careful not to cut all the way through. You’re simply creating a place for the filling to go. Save the piece you cut out, it will be put back once the cake has been filled.
I used a piping bag to fill the cakes but you can just use a spoon. Either way, fill the little well you created. Be careful not to over-pipe the wells or the pieces won’t fit back in.
After each one is filled, put the pieces back on the bottom to cover the well and filling. Depending on how much you filled the wells, you might have to push the pieces back in.
You can see how some had a little too much filling.
Next up, the yummy chocolate coating!
Heat up the cream. Watch it very carefully as it will bubble up and over flow quickly. After having to completely take off the stove top to clean up the overflow mess, I will pay more attention next time.
Pour the hot cream over the chocolate chips and stir until it resembles Willy Wonka’s chocolate river.
When the chocolate is ready, it’s time to coat the cakes. I was too afraid the filled cakes were too fragile to simply dunk them into the chocolate so I used a spoon and drizzled the chocolate over the cakes.

 

Spoon a dollop of chocolate on the top then spread it out so it spills over the sides, then use the spoon to spread the chocolate on the sides as well. I ended up having to put the bowl of melted chocolate over a double boiler set up to keep the chocolate from cooling down and solidifying.
Here they are!  Aren’t they pretty?!
If I had the patience and a little extra cream and chocolate, I would have let the chocolate cool and set, then flip them over to coat the bottoms, but I didn’t have either.

 

Ta-Da!!! They came out perfectly! Hubs loved them, as well as his classmates at the dinner party. The filling was soooo yummy, and not too sweet considering all the sugar you’ll be consuming when you eat just one of these.
For presentation purposes, you can wrap each one individually in foil, but again, you’d have to have the time and patience for the chocolate to set. I had just enough time for them to set, shove them in a Rubbermaid container and get them to the dinner party.
What’s your favorite Hostess product?