Chocolate Cakesters

June 5, 2008 at 10:43 am 30 comments

I’ve never eaten a store bought cakesters before but I’ve seen them during many a grocery shopping experience. I imagine that this recipe is pretty close. Actually its probably even better! Just tooting my own horn here, people!

I know I am gonna get so much crap for using a cake mix *cough NIKKI cough* but before you push the delete button… hear me out!

I am not anti-cake mix esp if you use it as another ingredient and not the star of the show. I found the original recipe online back in the day when I could barely do more than microwave so its a little nostalgic for me. I was a little apprehensive the first time so I did it the easy way – cake mix and canned frosting – but this time I decided to do it a little more scratch to hopefully satisfy my curiosity about canned frosting vs homemade debate.

Even though its semi-homemade, the recipe is a little time consuming and I am choosy about when I make them but when T’s students requested it for their end of the year pot luck party, I couldn’t say no. T thinks its crazy that they can’t remember their city councilman or presidents for the test but they remember cookies that I made for them at the beginning of the year. Gotta love kids. They know their priorities!

(Recipe adapted from | photos from me!)

Makes about 80 cookies or 40 cookie sandwiches


For cookie
2 (18.25 ounce) packages devil’s food cake mix
4 eggs
1 cup shortening

For frosting filling
8oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
1 lb (~4 cups) powdered sugar, sifted

[NOTES: To save time you can use a can of pre-made cream cheese frosting too]


To make cookies—
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

Blend the above ingredients together with a pastry blender until mixed. Roll in balls about the size of a quarter and place on ungreased baking sheets. Make an even number of balls.

[NOTES: I used my KA mixer and flat beater to blend the ingredients a little then used my spatula to really combine everything.]

[NOTES: Call me anal or OCD but I think its easier to weigh the balls of dough with my kitchen scale so that they are all the same size when they bake therefore your sandwich is uniform. I weighed mine at about 0.5 – 0.6 oz for each ball.]

Bake for 10 minutes. Let cookies stand on cookie sheet for 5-6 minutes before removing them to cooling rack.

To make frosting—
Whip the butter and cream cheese together in a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until creamed. Add vanilla extract. Gradually add powdered sugar to the butter-cream cheese mixture. Scrape down the bowl as needed.

To assemble—
After cookies have cooled, use a spatula and spread some frosting between two cookies, putting bottom sides together. Roll sides in sprinkles for additional fun!

Click image to enlarge


Husband rating: A+
He loves this cookie and said its almost as good as the peanut butter ones… almost.

Wifey rating: A+
I could easily eat all 40 sandwich cookies by myself. They are a moist cookie-cake and the combination of frosting is SO good! But I can’t believe I am saying this… I think the canned frosting is better for this recipe than the scratch. Something about canned frosting. I have eaten it for breakfast on more than one occasion.

Other rating: A++
T said he opened up the tupperware and the kids pummeled him to the ground to get a cookie. After about 10 seconds (he can’t remember exactly how long b/c he got knocked to the ground) the cookies were gone and many students wanted the recipe.


Entry filed under: chocolate, cookies.

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30 Comments Add your own

  • 1. nikki57  |  June 5, 2008 at 11:34 am

    Um HELLO McFly the “cookies” are the star of the show and they were all about the boxed mix. I think our friendship is officially over. You are now blocked on gchat.

  • 2. CB  |  June 5, 2008 at 11:36 am

    NIKKI, but but but… sprinkles!?!? sniff

  • 3. nikki57  |  June 5, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Ya sprinkles … you couldn’t even kiss my ass and use jimmies. It’s over

  • 4. nikki57  |  June 5, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Ok this feels sickeningly similar to breaking up with a BF and I wub you too much. I’ll open my gmail back up (you didn’t really think i blocked you did you … I just closed it to give the ILLUSION that I blocked you) hehehe

  • 5. CB  |  June 5, 2008 at 11:39 am

    NIKKI, you made me cry…

  • 6. nikki57  |  June 5, 2008 at 11:44 am

    it’s ok I’m here to wipe you’re tears away

  • 7. Julie  |  June 5, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    You two are hilarious.

    They look yummy Clara! :D

  • 8. CB  |  June 5, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    JULIE, thanks chica! They were too yummy! I always need a reason to make them and give them away b/c I’d eat them all!

  • 9. Natalie  |  June 5, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    This is a UTAH recipe girl! Everytime I make it here, people are like, what are those? I’m like “homemade Oreos!” But if I bring it to someone who’s lived in Utah, they totally know what they are!

    Around christmas time, you can put peppermint extract in the frosting…we Utahns, we’re fancy like that…haha

  • 10. CB  |  June 5, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    NATALIE, ah snap! Its a Utah thang huh? I love the idea of peppermint extract and I could do crushed peppermint candy around the perimeter too!! How fun is that?? :)

  • 11. lemontartlet  |  June 5, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Those win for cutest cookie ever!

  • 12. CB  |  June 5, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    LT, I hope tastespotting agrees… I think they should feature the cutest cookie ever. ;)

  • 13. katie102006  |  June 6, 2008 at 6:32 am

    What a great idea! I’m so doing this for our next party! :)

  • 14. CB  |  June 6, 2008 at 6:43 am

    KATIE#, ooohhhh I think these are so cute for parties! If you bake them let me know what you think! :)

  • 15. Jj  |  June 6, 2008 at 7:11 am

    Confession session! I, too use cake mixes but prefer to only when using it for a “large cause”, so to speak! ;) I don’t think it’s all that shameful, although there is no doubt a real cake from scratch is always better… These looks so good, by the way! :)

  • 16. CB  |  June 6, 2008 at 7:43 am

    JJ, I am not anti-cake mix either! Actually cake mix is very nostalgic for me since those were some good memories of me and my mom but I do think its fun to use cake mix as an ingredient to create something besides cake you know? I guess its not scratch but semi-homemade is pretty fab too. :)

  • 17. Lori  |  June 6, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    they look yummy! My kids would love them!

  • 18. Mara  |  June 6, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    CB I’ve mentioned before that I was raised on cake mix, and yes from scratch tastes so much more ‘in depth’ somehow but those are SO CUTE…and I love how you make the cookies from the boxed mix. It can’t be ALL BAD right? Right?!?! :)

  • 19. CB  |  June 7, 2008 at 6:34 am

    LORI, How old are your kids? Oh who am I kidding?! Any kid would LOVE them! Even a 20-something-almost-30 something kid like me! ;)

    MARA, I think cake mix is great as a base for something. Its not totally scratch and I would never present a recipe I made as scratch if I used a cake mix but I am definitely not anti-cake mix. PS. Its not bad AT ALL… haha.

  • 20. Deborah  |  June 7, 2008 at 7:39 am

    I’m totally down with using a a cake mix for some things. And these look sooo good!!

  • 21. CB  |  June 7, 2008 at 11:47 am

    DEBORAH, w00t! Another pro-cake mix-er! :)

  • 22. blogchef1  |  June 16, 2008 at 9:25 am

    no hate for the cake mix – these looks great! nice presentation.

  • 23. CB  |  June 16, 2008 at 9:26 am

    BLOGCHEF, nice to meet another pro-cake mixer. Thanks for stopping by! :)

  • 24. Kristen  |  June 16, 2008 at 9:39 am

    Oh my oh my oh my! These look amazing!

  • 25. CB  |  June 16, 2008 at 9:40 am

    KRISTEN, haha. love the enthusiasm. Thanky!

  • 26. Lori  |  June 16, 2008 at 10:24 am

    I’m definitely open to the cake mix – it’s that one cup of shortening that gives me pause!! Is that right, it’s not a typo?

    They’re gorgeous cookies, I love the sprinkles. (but a cup of shortening? really?)

  • 27. CB  |  June 16, 2008 at 10:26 am

    LORI, um.. yeah… thats not a typo! A big reason why I don’t make these cookies very often. haha.

  • 28. My Sweet & Saucy  |  June 16, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    These are just too adorable looking!

  • 29. CB  |  June 16, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    SWEET&SAUCY, aren’t they? I think the sprinkles ups the adorable factor! ;)

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