Rainbow Vanilla Ding Dongs

straight on view of a rainbow vanilla ding dong sliced in half and stacked to reveal rainbow cake and whipped cream filling

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These Vanilla Ding Dongs are a twist on the classic cream-filled Hostess snacks, made with vanilla cake mix and coated in vanilla glaze. You can make them plain vanilla or use food coloring for a rainbow effect!


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For the Vanilla Cake

  • 1 box white vanilla cake mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • Gel food coloring in a variety of colors (optional)

For the Whipped Cream Filling

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 packet Whip It (or substitute any whipped cream stabilizer)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Vanilla Glaze Topping

  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Rainbow sprinkles (optional)


  1. Coat ding dongs with vanilla glaze: working one at a time, place the ding dongs on a slotted spatula and hold over the bowl of glaze. Spoon the glaze over top until the top and sides are completely coated. Then transfer to a baking sheet lined with wax paper and sprinkle with rainbow sprinkles if using. Place the tray in the refrigerator uncovered. Allow glaze to fully set (at least 1-2 hours) before serving.


  • If you don’t have a jumbo muffin pan, you can use regular cupcake pans or a large shallow cake pan to make the cake.
  • To make plain vanilla ding dongs, skip the step with the food coloring, and just make vanilla cupcakes (with the substitutions listed). 
  • For alternate instructions on how to assemble, see this homemade ring dings recipe.