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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 :

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

    http://wifelike.blogspot.com/

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

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

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

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

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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

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  7. 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.

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

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

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  10. 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!

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  11. 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?! ;)

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

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

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

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

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  16. 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!

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  17. what kind of bowl did you use?

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  18. That is too cute! And I voted!

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

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  20. 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!!

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  21. luscious! delicious & down right beautiful!!

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

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

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

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  24. 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

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

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  26. 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

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  27. 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!

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

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  29. 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!

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

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  31. 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:)

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

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

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  34. 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!!

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  35. so sweet, so perfect
    sublime!

    greettings from chile, espacio culinario

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  36. 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!

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

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  38. This cake looks scrumpteous!

    Hope you win the vote!

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

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  40. 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

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  41. 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

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

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  43. Voted! And this cake is SO pretty.

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

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  45. What a gorgeous cake, Heather! Love it :)

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  46. 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!

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  47. Hi Heather, this is so adorable!

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

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  48. 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!

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  49. I voted and I LOVE the recipe!!!

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

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  51. 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*

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

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

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

    Congrats on the noms! You SO deserve them :)

    Sues

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  54. My favorite part of this cake is the pink coconut.

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  55. These look great!
    bakeshoemath.blogspot.com

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  56. 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" ;)

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

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  58. 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!

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  59. ¡¡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,

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  60. 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?

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  61. 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!

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  62. 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

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  63. 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

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  64. 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!

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

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  66. 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.

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  67. 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 :)

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  68. 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!

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  69. 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.

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

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  71. 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

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  72. can you refridgerate it after putting it all together?

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  73. 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

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  74. 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!

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  75. This cake was delicious and so much fun to make!

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  76. 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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