I think Christmastime is the most nostalgic time of the year. The big snowflakes. The music. The cozy little lights. The food. The family get-togethers. It all just makes my heart ache, in a good way.
My grandma, who died a few years ago, used to have pretty high standards for food. With the exception of a few things. She loved Ho-Hos, marshmallow eggs at Easter, and made her to-die-for chili using Franco American spaghetti noodles. THE HORROR, right?! We all have our guilty pleasure foods. What are yours? I’m a sucker for cool ranch Doritos, Oreos, and Taco Bell. Stop judging me. ;)
I still love Ho-Hos to this day and they will always remind me of my grandma. Though it seems like they tasted better when I was a kid. Funny how your memory works like that. I saw this recipe in a Taste of Home magazine and tried it — in an effort to once again jet back to my childhood.
Recipe source: Modified from Taste of Home
2 prepared 8-inch or 9-inch round cakes (I made mine from a box mix)
1 tub of whipped vanilla icing
For the glaze:
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1/4 cup baking cocoa
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 to 4 Tablespoons milk
1. Cover one of the cakes with a generous layer of whipped vanilla icing. If you don’t want to use store-bought icing, feel free to make a homemade version. The original recipe called for cooked icing (you know, the kind that uses flour). Well, I am not a fan of cooked icing, so I went in another direction. Do whatever you’d like though!
2. Place the other chocolate cake on top of the iced cake.
3. For the glaze, melt butter and cocoa in a small saucepan. Whisk in powdered sugar and enough milk to achieve a drizzling consistency. Drizzle over the top of the cake.
Note: I cut my cake into slices, then covered each slice with the glaze.