Chocolate Cake with Dobash Frosting

User rating: 5 out of 5 stars (5) Reviews

Demonstrated by: Marcie Carroll, Keri Sison, Sanford Murata, Patsy Tamekazu.
Recipes from Historic Hawaii Foundation cookbook.
Island Flavors - April 1, 1997.



Chocolate Cake with Dobash Frosting

Chocolate Cake:

  • 1 pkg (18.5 oz) devil's food cake mix
  • 1 pkg (3 3/4 oz) instant chocolate pudding and pie filling
  • 1 can (12 oz) lemon lime soda
  • 1/2 cup salad oil
  • 3 eggs

Dobash Frosting:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup sweetened cocoa powder


Chocolate Cake:

  1. Preheat electric oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan.
  3. In large bowl of electric mixer, combine cake mix, pudding, soda, oil, and eggs.
  4. Mix following package directions.
  5. Pour batter evenly into prepared pan.
  6. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
  7. Cool and frost with Dobash Frosting.

Dobash Frosting:

  1. In a saucepan, combine sugar, 1 1/2 cups of the water, butter, and salt; bring to a boil.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch, the remaining 1/2 cup water, and cocoa.
  3. Stir until smooth; add to hot mixture.
  4. Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly, until smooth and thick.
  5. Remove from heat and continue stirring until cool.
  6. Frost cake.

Makes 24 servings.


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Made this cake for my grandma who turned 94. She loved it! The whole family said it tasted legit! Ono cake. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

by Telina on 12/22/2021

First off, I was very hesitant as I love Dobash cake and didn’t think I’d ever get that Zippys or Kings Bakery cake. I think I made a slight oops in the cake portion as it was a little more dense then I’d like it. The frosting was on point and overall the end result was pretty close. Everyone that tried it said they couldn’t tell the difference but I will probably try again to get it right. Needless to say I was rather surprised by the end result and would suggest you try it. I’m going to film my next attempt.

by HawaiianJedi on 7/19/2020

OMG! This is so simple and delicious. I brought it to a church potluck and someone told me it tasted better than that famous in Liliha. For real! I was stoked.

by Aunty Lei on 3/18/2020

Tastes just like the one we used to buy from Gibson's. Delicious!

by Linda Sober on 6/19/2019

I've tried from scratch recipes and recipes that say they taste like real dobash cake (from the bakery), but this is the only one that comes close. The pudding and 7-up add sponginess and moisture. It's perfect. Now if I could only find a good guava chiffon.

by Jaci on 3/16/2019