Suzi Q Cake

I use to LOVE Hostess Suzi Q’s!!  And I had in fact, forgotten about them until I saw this recipe in Taste of Home.  And I think that it was much better and lower in fat and no preservatives than the real thing, so I’m sure I’ll be making this more often.  A trick I used to cut the cake in half was fishing line–yes we have that laying around everywhere, and it worked awesome to slice through the cake without ripping it up!

Suzi Q Cake


1 package chocolate cake mix
1 package (3.5 ounce) instant chocolate pudding mix
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup water
4 eggs
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl, beat the cake and pudding mixes, oil, water and eggs.  Pour into a greased and floured 9 x 13 baking pan.  Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes; invert onto a wire rack to cool.

In a saucepan, combine flour and milk until smooth.  Bring to a boil and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.  In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, shortening, sugar and vanilla until smooth, beat in the milk mixture and stir for about 5 minutes.  Split cake in 2 horizontally and pour the filling over the bottom, and add the top layer of cake.  Freeze for about 1 hour before trying to cut.

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12 Responses to “Suzi Q Cake”

  1. 1
    ☺lani☺ — July 5, 2010 @ 2:48 pm

    Oh my, i could imagine the taste now! yum!

  2. 2
    Mary at Deep South Dish — July 5, 2010 @ 3:26 pm

    That sure sounds wonderful!! My husband is always picking up those chocolate snack cakes at the store and would adore this.

  3. 3
    Cinnamon-Girl — July 5, 2010 @ 10:42 pm

    This looks delectable! And dental floss works too. I'm off to vote!

  4. 4
    Danelle — July 6, 2010 @ 3:23 am

    I confess I have never heard of a Suzy Q, but I will definitely be making this cake!

  5. 5
    happydays525 — July 9, 2010 @ 2:27 am

    Awesome tip regarding the fishing line, yummy recipe too!

  6. 6
    nutella cookies — April 7, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

    Piers Morgan took that incident very personally.

  7. 7
    Charley — January 8, 2013 @ 4:05 am

    I loved Suzy Q’s too and could not understand why they disappeared from the shelves but were still made. I finally found where I could get them (just before the shutdown), but I never made it there. Thanks for this recipe! I’m gonna give it a try. Now if I only had the recipe for the banana filling they used to put in them, also.

    • anniebakes replied: — January 8th, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

      this is a very good likeness!

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    Marcy from TN — April 26, 2013 @ 9:49 pm

    I just read something that might be helpful for you from a different site…instead of worrying about making sure you can cut the cake in half….place half the batter in one 9 x 13 pan and half the batter in another 9 x 13 pan….or…bake half at a time. This way you don’t have to worry about whether or not you can make an even cut all the way down….you just have to worry about making sure you have half the batter at a time in each pan.

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