RECIPE: Chocolate Sno Ball Cake

RECIPE:  Chocolate Snowball Cake

Remember eating those lovely pink Hostess Sno Ball snack cakes when you were a kid?

I do and I decided to make one!

Welllll, I tried to make one.

So here we go…

The first step is to bake two cake rounds. I didn’t bother to include this step since the first cake rounds I made COMPLETELY stuck to the pans. I started over and bought boxed cake mix. That was a little better. But one of the cake rounds still stuck to the pan.  Still, I’ve never had a problem with baking boxed cakes. NEVER! My day job is obviously interfering with my baking skills. 🙁


OK, like I said, bake two cake rounds.

Then, make the marshmallow mixture…

Chocolate Snowball Recipe

Marshmallow Mixture ingredients: 1/2 cup water, 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin, 10 tablespoons (1-1/4 sticks) softened butter, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 3 cups marshmallow creme, 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut, 2 drops red food coloring, 2 (9-inch) cake rounds (not shown).

water and gelatin

Combine the water and gelatin in a bowl for about 5 minutes, or until the gelatin softens.

dissolved water and gelatin

Like this.

microwave until bubbling

Microwave until the gelatin is bubbling around the edges and has dissolved.  The directions say 30 seconds, but I must have an underpowered nuke box since I had to heat this puppy up for 2 minutes before getting it to bubble!  The directions also say to let it cool to the touch (approx. 5 minutes).  Mine was never really hot. Again, it was probably just my weak nuke box.

Stir in butter, vanilla and salt

Add the butter and vanilla.  Sorry, forgot to take pix of them in the container.  My bad.

Whisk in marshmallow creme

Whisk in marshmallow creme until smooth.

Mixed marshmallow creme, butter, vanilla and salt

Like this. Then place in the refrigerator for approx. 30 minutes or until it’s thick and spreadable.

Coconut and 1 drop red food coloring

Meanwhile, prepare the coconut topping by placing the coconut and 2 drops of red food coloring in a food processor.

Pink coconut!

Blend until it looks like this.

Pink coconut!

Ain’t it purty???  I was pretty excited to see how the coconut turned out since it looks EXACTLY like the pink coconut on the Hostess Sno Balls! 🙂

Line "bowl" with plastic wrap

Now for the cake assembly!  Line a 1-1/2 quart bowl (or strainer!) with plastic wrap, letting the ends hang over the sides.

Cut cake into 8 wedges

Cut one of the cake rounds into 8 even wedges.

Line bowl with cake wedges

Carefully place the cake wedges into the “bowl”, packing gently so there are no spaces between the edges.  (As you’ll see later on, I didn’t do this step very well! 🙁 )

Cake wedges

First cake round is done!

Fill with marshmallow mixture

Place 1 cup of the marshmallow mixture into the cake bowl.

Place 2nd cake round on the bottom

Place the second cake round on top.  I cut too much of the edge of mine.  Sigh.

Fill in the gaps

So I just packed the pieces back around it to fill the gaps. HA!

Wrap with plastic

Cover with the extra plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.

Unwrap and put an upside down plate on top

Unwrap and place a serving platter or plate on top.

Turn cake over onto plate

Invert cake and remove the plastic wrap.  This is where I discovered I didn’t pack the cake wedges together very well.

Spread with marshmallow mixture

Despite the gaps between the cake wedges, I wanted to finish the cake anyway.  Besides, the flavor should still be there, right?  As you can see I had a REALLY hard time spreading the marshmallow mixture.  I put on as much as would stick.  The cake kept crumbling and sticking to the marshmallow mixture.

What a disappointment!  This cake just wasn’t meant to be!


Sprinkle with coconut

But I had to finish the cake, so I tossed the lovely pink coconut on it.

And there it is – Chocolate Sno Ball Cake.

Despite it’s sloppy appearance, it actually tasted just like those Hostess Sno Ball cakes! I kid you not!

Thank you for watching my semi-disaster of a cake! 😛

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12 Responses to “RECIPE: Chocolate Sno Ball Cake”

  1. Amber @ FromTheHeartsOf — May 23, 2011 @ 4:57 AM (#

    I love this! It’s so cute. I love that you saw the project all the way through as well. My motto is, it may be ugly, but it sure tastes damn good.


  2. Shop with Me Mama (Kim) — May 26, 2011 @ 11:24 PM (#

    Oh my heavens that still looks delicious!! Sorry you had such a problem with the cakes sticking to the pans though 🙁


  3. Courtney — May 29, 2011 @ 9:37 AM (#

    I think it looks great! I haven’t had a snowball cake in forever!!


  4. Crystal @ Simply Being Mommy — May 30, 2011 @ 7:41 PM (#

    Oooh, that looks yummy!


  5. Kimberly — May 30, 2011 @ 8:21 PM (#

    I give you all the credit in the world. I wouldn’t even attempt to make this. LOL! It looks so hard ot make, but WOW! It sure does look delish.


  6. hairstyles for girls — May 31, 2011 @ 12:51 PM (#

    I like the pink… very cute!


  7. Lawra — August 3, 2011 @ 3:59 AM (#

    Wow! This looks splendid. I am glad you completed this post and highlighted the problems you had when making the cake. Will definitely try to make this this weekend. Thanks for sharing!


  8. L.Rockwell — September 14, 2011 @ 8:35 AM (#

    I give you 5 stars because you finished your cake and ended up with a great project that you said tasted just like the snowball. I’m anxious to try it and I thank you for showing the pictures on how to put it together. We all have our day’s but you were a real sport about it. Hope you have a great day. Leila


  9. Tamara — September 17, 2011 @ 6:43 PM (#

    Thanks for the laugh! That coconut totally made it in the end though – you could never tell what all was going on underneath. 😉 It sounds totally delicious though.


  10. Stefani — September 19, 2011 @ 12:43 PM (#

    I so want to make one of these! Yours came our looking incredibly YUMMY!


  11. Anonymous — January 21, 2012 @ 1:59 AM (#

    I made this cake yesterday and wanted to let ya know that it tastes so good. I could’nt believe how much it tastes like a hostess snowball. I baked mine in a glass pyrex bowl,and it turned out perfect. Thanks so much for the recipe.


  12. Melissa — June 7, 2012 @ 3:40 PM (#

    OMG! I love these things; I’m obsessed with anything pink or chocolate and I get annoyed when the vending machine at my job is out of these. I’m so making these 😀


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