It's so much fun to be able to make copycat Ding Dongs. This tutorial will guide you through on how to make your own snack cakes, but with a totally different flavor than what you can get in the store.
Start out by preparing a white cake mix according to the package directions. Alternatively you can use a white cake recipe you enjoy. I used a packaged white cake mix for these. Once you have the mix prepared, generously spray the snack cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Using a cookie scoop, scoop the batter into the snack cake pan. Then bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean.
Once the snack cakes are done baking, transfer them to a wire cooling rack. Using a sharp bread knife, slice off the very tops. You can either save these to make something (like cake pops) or just discard them.
Now that the tops are removed, press a small, circular cookie cutter about halfway down into the snack cakes. With a spoon, scoop out the circular sections you cut out, being very careful to not scoop all the way through the snack cakes.
Handle the small circle sections you remove carefully, and set them aside — you will use them later, after the cakes have been filled with frosting.
Fit a frosting bag with a star tip, and fill the bag with cream cheese frosting.
Pipe the frosting into the cavities of the snack cakes, filling them to nearly full. Return the circle sections you removed back onto the cakes, on top of the frosting. Press them down into the cakes until they are level.
Flip over the cakes, drizzle them with caramel sauce, and top with sprinkles. Enjoy these delicious snack cakes.
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