Ring Ding Recipe That’s Gluten Free and Easy

Last Updated on November 16, 2022 by Ellen Christian

Are you looking for a delicious, chocolatey snack that’s gluten-free? You have got to try this ring ding recipe! Make a batch today.

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I’ll let you in on a little secret. When I was much younger, one of my favorite snacks were things like ring dings and ding dongs. I know. They are definitely not good for you on a regular basis.

But, if you’re looking for a gluten-free snack for the kids after school, this ring ding snack does make a nice occasional treat.

Ring Ding Recipe That's Gluten Free and Easy to Make

Ring Ding Recipe

Ring Dings or Ding Dongs? No matter what you call them, they are basically the same thing. These treats are two layers of chocolate cake with a cream filling that are covered with chocolate.

Certain varieties seem to be more popular in certain areas of the country. Drakes makes Ring Dings and Hostess makes Ding Dongs. But, don’t bother buying those anymore because this Ring Ding recipe has them both beat.

It’s almost back to school time and whenever the kids came home from school, the first thing they wanted was a snack. While I sent them a healthy lunch and snacks to school, it never fails they are starving when they come home.

Make this Ring Ding recipe over the weekend, and they’ll have a treat when they come home from school for the week.

Ring Ding Recipe That's Gluten Free and Easy to Make

Gluten is a challenge for many families today. Since my daughter is gluten intolerant, she missed out on a lot of the packaged snacks that other kids were enjoying.

And, it never failed that during school parties, she was left out with no gluten-free options. This Ring Ding recipe is gluten-free so it’s a great choice for every special occasion.

And, it’s a classic childhood dessert that anyone who is gluten intolerant can splurge with. 

making the ring ding recipe

Ring Ding bar recipe

So, you make this Ring Ding recipe by baking two chocolate layer cakes and then cutting the cake into circles. If you prefer a Ring Ding bar recipe, cut yours into squares or rectangles instead.

The taste is the same but the shape is different.

Ring Ding cakes

If you would prefer to create a cake rather than separate Ring Ding snacks, just don’t cut them out. You can easily make two 9″ round cakes, add the cream as a filling between both layers, and then frost it with chocolate frosting.

It’s an easier version of this Ring Ding recipe for those that don’t want to spend time cutting each one out.

filling the chocolate ring dings cakes

Cakes with filings recipes

We don’t make a lot of cakes with fillings recipes unless it is someone’s birthday. But, here are a few filled cake recipes you can try:

mixing ingredients

What do you need for this Ring Ding recipe?

You should have everything you need on hand already in your kitchen. But, if you don’t, you will need to pick up a gluten-free flour blend, unsweetened cocoa powder, and a container of buttermilk.

Of course, the most important thing you will need for this Ring Ding recipe is a 2 1/2 inch round cookie cutter to make the correct size cakes.

6 chocolate cakes on a cutting board

How should you store these?

So, this Ring Ding recipe makes about 10 Ring Dings or Ding Dongs. That means with two kids, you will have enough for about a week’s worth of snacks after school provided you don’t eat them all yourself.

After you make these, you will want to store them in a container with a tightly fitting lid in the refrigerator. This is especially important if the weather is warm because the chocolate covering will melt and get sticky if you leave it at room temperature.

chocolate cake on a white plate

So, this Ring Ding recipe is definitely not Keto-friendly. It’s got sugar and is intended as a treat. But, if you’re following the keto diet and want a Keto Ding Dong cake recipe, you can try this one from What Shayna Likes.

After all, there’s no reason that the kids should have all of the yummy treats. It’s both low carb and low sugar.

Or, check out this mint chocolate chip cake that’s Keto-friendly. You will love it!

I hope you enjoy this Ring Ding recipe! Make sure that you save some for the kids. You can print out a copy below.

Ring Ding Recipe That's Gluten Free and Easy to Make

Yield: 10

Gluten Free Ring Dings

Ring Ding Recipe That's Gluten Free and Easy to Make

You are going to love this Gluten-Free Ring Ding Recipe!

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes


  • Ingredients for the Cakes:
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups gluten free baking flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups sugar
  • Ingredients for the Filling:
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 7-ounce container marshmallow crème
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Ingredients for the Shell:
  • 6 ounces high quality chocolate
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons sugar


Instructions for the Cakes:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and prepare a 10X16 pan by lining with parchment paper and spraying the pan and paper with cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and buttermilk until combined. Add the oil and vanilla and whisk to combine.
3. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt. Whisk until smooth.
4. Pour hot water into batter 1/3 a cup at a time, mixing between each addition.
5. Pour batter into the pan and evenly spread across the pan.
6. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
7. Allow to cool on the pan for 10 minutes, then flip the cake over onto a larger pan lined with parchment paper to cool completely.
8. When the cakes are cool, use a 2.5-inch biscuit or cookie cutter to cut 15 round cakes. Place the cakes on a flat surface.
9. Using a small spoon, scoop the center out of 10 cakes, being careful to leave a thin layer of cake along the bottom. Using a serrated knife, cut the remaining five cakes in half lengthwise to serve as toppers for each cake.

Instructions for the Filling:

1. Combine butter, marshmallow crème, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Beat until smooth and fluffy.
2. Place filling in a piping bag and pipe into the center of each cake.
3. Top each cake with a thin slice of cake and press to secure.

Instructions for the Shell:

1. Chop chocolate into small chunks and place in a heat-safe bowl.
2. Place heavy cream and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until it begins to boil.
3. Pour boiling cream over the chocolate and stir until all the chocolate is melted and all ingredients are combined.
4. Place each cake on the end of a metal spatula or pie server. Pour the chocolate sauce over the top of the cake and place the cake on a flat surface to set. Continue the process until all 10 cakes are coated.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 731Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 729mgCarbohydrates: 107gFiber: 2gSugar: 78gProtein: 8g

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