The Hostess Sno Balls !
Another one of my favorite childhood treats!
I loved these more than Devil Dogs when I was younger (Ok I love them even still today! But I try to make wiser choices in my old age!)
However, now that I can make them homemade? This could get dangerous!
I was almost shocked at how perfectly these came out; I mean they look exactly like the real thing!
The only thing that will be shocking to you, is how easy these are to make!
Hostess I’m sorry to say it, but we just don’t need you anymore.
I have listed ¼ recipe buttercream and even that will be more than you need, but it is difficult to make a smaller batch in my opinion you can never have too much buttercream! It freezes great!
You will notice I have coconut listed in the ingredients below for either sweetened flake or unsweetened. I actually used BOTH kinds mixed together and found this to be far superior than just the one or the other ~ you can use whichever you prefer
Prepare the chocolate cake discs in advance by piping buttercream into them, then freeze until you are ready to insert them into the marshmallow
- ½ Recipe Chocolate Cake baked in a ¼ sheet pan
- ¼ Recipe Buttercream
- FOR THE MARSHMALLOW:
- Cold Water ⅓ cup (80ml)
- Plain Gelatin Powder 1 Tablespoon (12g)
- Granulated Sugar ½ cup (100g)
- Light Corn Syrup ½ cup (120ml)
- Vanilla Extract 1 teaspoons (5ml)
- Sweetened Flake Coconut or Unsweetened Coconut 2 Cups
- Coconut Oil 4 Tablespoons
- Prepare a silicone sphere mold with a coating of coconut oil and then press approximately 2 Tablespoons coconut into each cavity
- In a small sauce pot bloom the gelatin in the water.
- After 5 minutes turn on the heat and add the sugar to the gelatin.
- Melt the sugar and dissolve the gelatin over a low flame, do not boil.
- Transfer entire contents to a mixer bowl fitted with a whisk attachment, add the corn syrup and whip on high speed until it is to resemble marshmallow.
- It will be cooled or slightly warm to the touch, white, fluffy and have almost tripled in volume.
- At this point you are to work quickly as the gelatin will begin to set once it gets cold.
- Transfer the entire mixture toa Pastry Bag fitted with a straight tube or a coupler with no tip inserted.
- Pipe the marshmallow into the prepared sphere molds almost to the top then place a filled chocolate cake immediately into the marshmallow
- Once the marshmallow has set at room temperature you can unmold the sno balls and serve or store in an airtight container for up to 1 week
A note about the Flexipan Molds.
I have the super expensive ones you can see, as I linked to them above.
There is a much cheaper version but they are MINI’s! Like 2ounce capacity. Click here for the mini version 2 ounce capacity silicone sphere mold
UPDATE! Here is a cheaper company for the 3ounce capacity silicone sphere mold
As I show you in the video there are other options since I know not many people are going to invest in such an expensive item to make these novelty cakes.
Alternatively you can go the really super cheap NO INVESTMENT ROUTE and use a standard kitchen bowl for molding the entire cake!
Get creative! Use what you have around the house! I hate investing in new tools that I will only use for certain applications! Just clutters the kitchen!