Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Pink Snowball Cake


If you are a regular visitor here, you may already be aware of my love for pink coconut confections.  When I saw a box-mix version of this cake (in white) on the Kraft Foods site, I knew I was surely destined to figure out a scratch-made version in pink.  It took a bit of trial and error, but I've worked out all the kinks.  I hope you love this cake as much as I do!

How do I love thee, Snowball Cake?  Let me count the ways.  You are:

1. Nostalgic - like a Hostess Snoball snack cake.
2. Pretty - dressed in frilly pink coconut.
3. Delicious - with scratch-made Devil's Food cake inside.
4. Quirky - baked in a bowl!
5. Easy to make - with marshmallow frosting that doesn't require a thermometer.


Before I get to the specifics of this cake, I would like to share some good news! Last Wednesday I received an email with the words "finalist" and "Saveur Magazine" and "Best Food Blog Awards".  After I figured out I wasn't being punked and that they hadn't confused me with someone else, I shouted "SHUT UP!" so loudly it sent my snoring pugs into a barking frenzy.  I was surprised to say the least!

Then I got a second email.  I'm a finalist twice?  Pinch me!

So, if you find me worthy, I'd love to have your vote for Saveur Magazine's Best Baking and Desserts Blog and/or Best Original Baking and Desserts Recipe.

To vote, click here or click the banner at the top right hand corner of my blog. You'll need to register if you're not already a Saveur online user. Anyone in the world can vote, but you must choose the United States as the country of residency due to a glitch the site is experiencing. They are currently working to resolve this issue.


Thank you bunches!


Pink Snowball Cake
serves 8-10                                                                                                                        [click to print]

Cake:
6 tbsp. cocoa
6 tbsp hot water
1 ½ cups flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 ½ sticks unsalted butter (12 tbsp)
1 cup plus 1 tbsp sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
½ cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease a 2 quart heat-proof bowl (stainless or pyrex) with shortening and lightly flour. Set aside.
Whisk together cocoa and hot water.  In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

Melt butter with sugar in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring to combine. Remove from heat, and pour mixture into a mixing bowl. Beat with an electric hand mixer until mixture has cooled enough to add the eggs without scrambling them.

Add eggs, vanilla, and then cocoa mixture.  Beat until well combined.  Reduce mixer speed and add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with the sour cream.

Pour into greased bowl and bake for 60-70 minutes, or until a toothpick tester comes out clean.  Let cool slightly. Run a knife around the edge of the cake, then turn out onto a cake stand or serving tray lined with wax paper strips. Let cool completely.  Cut the dome of the cake off about 1/3 of the way down from the top.  With your fingers, press to make an indentation in the middle of the base of the cake.  This will make room for the marshmallow filling without wasting any cake.

Filling/Frosting

1 lb unsalted butter, softened
1 16 oz. jar marshmallow cream
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 generous cup sweetened flaked coconut (I like Baker's Angel Flake)
Americolor pink soft gel food color

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter until fluffy.  Add marshmallow cream and beat again, scraping down the sides and bottom of bowl as needed.  When thoroughly combined, remove 1 cup of the white mixture and place in the center of the cut cake.  Place the top of the cake over the marshmallow center and line up the edges as best as possible.

Add the 1 cup of confectioners' sugar to the remaining frosting.  Mix well. Use a small dab of pink food coloring to tint the frosting pastel pink.  Make sure to scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl so no white streaks remain.  Frost cake with an offset spatula. 

In a medium bowl, tint coconut with a drop of pink gel food coloring.  Mix well - you can use a fork but I found my fingers did a much better job.  Coat frosted cake with pink coconut.  Remove wax paper strips from underneath the cake and tidy up the serving plate edges if coconut remnants are present.

  • You must use a 2 quart (8 cup) bowl for this recipe.  The batter is approx. 4 cups and needs plenty of room to rise while baking. 
  • Wire-pick butterflies can be found in the floral department at most craft stores.



81 comments:

Erika said...

Oh my goodness. These are amazing, I'm going to make them RIGHT NOW!!

http://wifelike.blogspot.com/

Notes From A Ragamuffin said...

This is absolutely adorable! I will have to try it myself sometime although yours looks hard to beat!

The Blue-Eyed Bakers said...

This is pink coconut perfection!! We adore this...gah it's too cute and delicious looking for words...!

Lora said...

omg this is the cutest cake ever! It's just perfect.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Truly amazing! This cake is so pretty. Well done.

Cheers,

Rosa

Estela @ Weekly Bite said...

This is one of the prettiest cakes I've ever seen!!!

vaniljekjeks said...

This cake is gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! I have to make it one of these days. I don't think I can find marshmallow cream in my country, but I think I might have to order it just for this cake. I don't think it would be the same without it.

Shannon Marie said...

My daughters would LOVE this cake - both are marshmallow addicts. It's really quite a pretty cake!

Julie said...

This looks fantastic. I love the Sno-Ball cakes. I can't wait to try it :)

PaisleyJade said...

This is seriously amazing!!

SweetSugarBelle said...

Congrats on being chosen TWICE. What an honor and well deserved. The photo of the unfosted dome is so good it makes me just want the chocolate part :-) I can almost smell it!

Heather at Heather's Dish said...

Holy pink! This is beautiful...and can you imagine any little girl's joy at having this as a birthday cake?! Or a big girl every day cake?! ;)

Karen @ Mignardise said...

I hope someone makes this for me for Mother's Day!It's everything I love.
Your photos are just fabulous!

Three-Cookies said...

Great idea, I am sure it tastes at least as good as it looks

Heather said...

It's so cute! I love the unique shape!

Joy said...

I love love love love snowballs. My husband would look at me funny if I made it but it would totally be worth it.

Jess said...

Omgosh, I used to LOVE eating snoball cakes [and still do] if it weren't for my calorie conscience. This is so pretty though and sounds delish!

Monette said...

what kind of bowl did you use?

Kelly said...

That is too cute! And I voted!

SprinkleBakes said...

Hi Monette! I used a 2 quart stainless bowl. You can use pyrex also.

SprinkleBakes said...

Thank you Kelly!

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

So PINK! I love it!

Life is Sweet said...

The cake looks delicious and so pretty in bright pink. Snowballs were my favorite store-bought cake as a kid. And oh my god, where did you get the milk carton glass?? I love it!!

La Casa de Sweets said...

This is beautiful!!

linda said...

luscious! delicious & down right beautiful!!

i just voted for you…both categories…you deserve to garner the accolades!

emily @ the happy home said...

my dad LOVES snowballs. i'll have to make this for him the next time i'm home!

Erin said...

Oh my gosh! This is awesome!!! I can't wait to make it! Everyone is going to love it!

FlyingRoo said...

Done and done voting!

I signed for a membership at Saveur just to vote you :-D!

I hope you win, you truly deserve it. Every time I see a new email from Sprinkle Bakes I cannot wait to open it, to see what wonders you concocted again.

Keep up the good job and thanks for letting me know about the Saveur competition, lots of great blogs to be discovered there!

Nina

SprinkleBakes said...

Thank you everyone! And thanks Linda and Nina for the support! :)

Lili said...

Oh my Heather, this is DIVINE! Oh for a bite of that ooey gooey yumminess right now. And of course I voted for you, you are simply the BEST! xo ~Lili

Anonymous said...

This pink snowball cake is the prettiest thing I have seen! You are so creative! I voted for you - best of luck! I am most certainly going to try this! Karen from Iowa!

Kelly said...

I discovered you via Saveur and am so excited to now have your blog on my reader. This is simply gorgeous.

Kathy - Panini Happy said...

How fun is this cake! I have a weakness for pretty pink things too. This would make such an awesome birthday cake. Many congrats on your Saveur noms!

Paula said...

Congratulations! Good luck with the final round. I love, love, love this cake, the colours the superb photographs of it. Just delightful.

Sue said...

I beat you to it, Heather:) I saw that you were listed TWICE and already voted, in both categories! WOW! I love the giant snowball...sure brings back memories:)

Mary said...

that is the most adorable cake i've ever seen in my life!!!!!

Jennifurla said...

It's adorable, I envision me, my daughter and a ton of little ladies gobbling this up over The Little Mermaid.

Kristan said...

SHUT. UP.

No you DID NOT make this cake!!!! It's official. I love you.

I am not kidding.

And of course you have my vote...hope you win!!

Fran Amenábar Ch. said...

so sweet, so perfect
sublime!

greettings from chile, espacio culinario

Sarah (Snippets of Thyme) said...

So voted already...long time ago! The others can't hold a candle to your work!! Oh, that was kind of tart of me. Its near my bedtime!! Good luck!

Angela KL said...

Hi Heather.. voted you for both categories. Lovely blog, pictures, ideas and recipes.

Annika said...

This cake looks scrumpteous!

Hope you win the vote!

Stefania said...

E' splendido :) ciao

karen said...

what is this stuff?jar marshmallow cream??can i get it over here?....(England)

SprinkleBakes said...

Hi Karen,
Marshmallow creme is also known as Marshmallow Fluff. I found this site, which may be helpful if you can't find it locally.

http://www.americanfooduk.co.uk/category.php?catid=595&cn=Marshmallow-Fluff

marla said...

Love the snowball cake - but I think i got just as excited as you when I saw your name all over the Saveur list. Heather you are so worthy of all that praise & I hope you take home the win! Either way, it is such a huge compliment to all of your gorgeous work! xo

Sarah Catherine said...

This is so pretty that even though I should be studying I got sucked in to this for five minutes. Eek! Lovely!!

andreagroves said...

Voted! And this cake is SO pretty.

Jenn (Cookies Cupcakes Cardio) said...

I've voted! Congratulations! This cake looks beautiful...and I can't wait to try the marshmallow frosting. YUM!

chefpandita.com said...

What a gorgeous cake, Heather! Love it :)

Kris said...

I just "Stumbled" upon your blog and have been pouring over your archives. I just wanted to say how beautiful your blog is and that I'm completely in love with your spunk and creativity. From one baker to another... you rock!

Monica said...

Hi Heather, this is so adorable!

P.S. - I'll be voting for you. Good luck!

Lindsey @ Hot Polka Dot said...

So darn cute, Heather! It's so pink and perfect! And I made sure to vote for you twice! Good luck you talented girl you!

Ashley said...

I voted and I LOVE the recipe!!!

joycezzz said...

Voted... love your recipe and blog... very unique... hope you win!

Irvin from Eat the Love said...

So cute! Yay! Congrats on your double nomination. You totally deserve it. I get inspired everytime I visit, and this post is no exception. I love the pinkness of it. I'm virtually toasting you from San Francisco because it's an honor to just be nominated in the same category as you. *clink*

Darla @ Bakingdom said...

Congrats! Will definitely swing by to vote for you...you deserve it! :)

Love the cake too...so nostalgic and pretty!

We Are Not Martha said...

This is absolutely beautiful!! So spring-like and perfect :) Of course, it sounds delicious, too.

Congrats on the noms! You SO deserve them :)

Sues

kitchenmisfit said...

My favorite part of this cake is the pink coconut.

AnneFay said...

These look great!
bakeshoemath.blogspot.com

Sunny @ForYourPiesOnly said...

Pink snowballs are my father's FAVORITE!!! I know what I will be making him for Father's Day. Though I won't tell him you called his pink coconut "frilly" ;)

Kristine said...

This cake looks AMAZING! I can't wait to find some occasion to make it for.

Salome said...

He publicado tu receta en Mis Favoritas, si quieres verlo está en:
http://blocderecetas.blogspot.com/2011/05/mis-favoritas-semana-19-2011.html
Buen domingo!

SUNY SENABRE said...

¡¡Qué preciosidad de receta!!! el resultado es sorprende y precioso!!! Me ha encantado.
Me quedo como seguidora del blog porque es estupendo y lo enlazo al mío para no perderme ninguna actualización.

Besos,

Christy said...

I was going to try to make this. When I made the center marshmallow fluff, it was a buttery mess. Are the measurements correct? 1 lb butter, 16 oz marshmallow cream?

SprinkleBakes said...

Hmm... a buttery mess is no fun. Measurements are correct, perhaps the butter was too soft? Butter should be softened, not room temperature. Mixture can be firmed in the refrigerator (butter *should* firm up) or if it just isn't working for you, plain marshmallow cream can be used.

Sorry you've run into a spot of trouble - best of luck!

samaroo said...

My dad loves snowballs so i made him this cake for Fathers day and he LOVED it!!!!
this was a great idea for a recipe!!!!!

-from a hopeful 15 year old baker

Vixen said...

Okay, so I just came across your site and I am blown away. You're incredible, girl! AND I love the fact that you love dessert.. it's my favorite dish! ;) Anyways, I am making this week.. DEFINITELY. And I shared this/and your site on my FB page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/VixenMade/114335608642456

dantheman said...

Just made this for my son's 15th birthday. I am NOT a baker, not even close! But this cake was the best thing we have ever tasted. My inside mixture was too soft during mixing, so I added the confectioner's sugar, then used some of that for the center. It was FANTASTIC. I urge all of you to make this awesome cake. Please never stop blogging and teaching us to bake!

Anonymous said...

did you use plain or self-raising flour? :)

suisseschoggi said...

I used all purpose flour and followed her recipe. It turned out fantastic. I also had trouble with the filling, but made the frosting and took some out before dying it to use in the middle. I think it would taste good also just using marshmallow fluff in the middle.

Hearty Appletite said...

My filling was also too soft so when I cut into the cake, it kind of oozed out. How did you get such a clean knife line? I'm going to retry tomorrow :)

Vicki Bensinger said...

This is my first time visiting your blog. You have wonderful ideas and beautiful photos. I'll keep my eyes open for your first book. Congratulations!

Jenn@Cooking Counts said...

I am going to make this in an egg shaped pan for Easter this year. My mom loves those little snoball cakes. Who wouldn't love a big pink easter egg cake! I would like to link back to this post when I show my process on my blog (www.cookingcount.blogspot.com) if that would be ok with you.

stefania said...

very, very nice. You are very good!!!

Anonymous said...

I made this cake yesterday for my friends birthday party and it was AMAZING! Yor recipe was perfect, the cake and the filling were easy to bake and it looked so pretty :) The taste was very nice but for most of my friends it was too sweet. I think that most of the german people (Im from Berlin/Germnany) are not used to these american baking recipes, but I love it, even if I could only eat one piece of this cake but it was so good :) I will bake it again! I got some trouble finding a bowl for the cake but I got one (stainless steel) at IKEA, and you can also buy the marshmallow fluff cream here in germany.
I love your blog, keep going on!
Claudia

Anonymous said...

can you refridgerate it after putting it all together?

Taisha hicks Williams said...

i'm making this cake now i love pink and the idea of it being a marshmallow cake is a plus. i needed an extra large one one i have to double layer this i will let you know how it turned out. but the filling taste great thank you so much

Anonymous said...

My daughter has been asking me to make her a birthday cake out of "fat cakes" (what Sam eats on iCarly) for a few months now and I've been wondering how I was going to do this; now I know!!! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

This cake was delicious and so much fun to make!

Anonymous said...

HI,

I just found your site. WOW! I am surprising my friends with this cake this weekend. I have a question - Do you really use 1 lb. (4 sticks) of butter for the frosting, or is that a typo? It seems like a HUGE amount of butter, but ig that what it needs then OK! Thanks for clarifying.

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