Monday, June 18, 2012

Homemade Hostess Cupcakes

Hello friends!

I hope everyone had a lovely Father's Day yesterday; I know we did in my house. While Mom and Dad went to visit the stables to check on my dad's horse, Daisy, I quickly got to work making a Father's Day gift I was sure would bring a smile to his face.

For as long as I can remember, my dad has had a huge soft spot for Hostess Cupcakes. I could make him a million chocolate cupcakes from scratch but none could take the place of those little cakes with the infamous vanilla squiggle...

Until Now.

Thank goodness I discovered you could make these from scratch now that Hostess is facing bankruptcy (again). It does take up a good chunk of your morning I'll give you that, but it is so so worth it.

Worth it how, you may ask? How about for a delectably decadent deep dark chocolate cake, moist and fluffy and filled with ooey, gooey vanilla filling? Oh and covered in a smooth, silky, dark chocolate ganache then finished off with the characteristic vanilla squiggle we've all come to know and love. Between seeing the look of utter  delight on my Dad's face when I presented it to him when he got home, watching him savor every bite, and hearing him tell me it was the best thing I've ever baked, I'd say it was worth it and then some.

And so, my fragile foodie ego is soothed for the moment and I can sit and enjoy one of these little cakes all to myself.
Life is good.
Happy Baking!

Hostess Cupcakes Via 52KitchenAdventures
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
4 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup buter, sliced
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1-2 tbsp heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups marshmallow fluff

1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp butter
6 oz bittersweet chocolate chips
2 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 tbsp milk
splash vanilla

1. Make the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake pans with liners. Place butter and chocolate in medium bowl. Place sugar and water in small saucepan and bring to boil, stirring until sugar dissolves.

2. Remove from heat and pour over chocolate and butter. Let sit, stirring occassionally until butter and chocolate melt and the mixture is no longer hot. While mixture is cooling, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl.

3. Once mixture has cooled somewhat, whisk in eggs and vanilla. Then whisk in dry ingredient mixture. Pour 1/4 cup of batter into muffin cups and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool while you prepare other parts of the recipe.

4. Make the filling: beat butter until fluffy. Beat in heavy cream and vanilla, then beat in marshmallow fluff. Add additional cream as needed to adjust consistency. Set aside in refrigerator until ready to assemble.
5. Make the ganache: Place bittersweet chocolate in stainless steel or glass bowl. Heat butter and cream in small saucepan until just boiling, then pour over chocolate. Let sit for 5 minutes, then whisk until smooth. Whisk in vanilla. Let sit until cooled but still glossy and smooth.
6. Assemble: Cut small hole in center of cupcake. Spoon filling into center of each, then cover with small piece of cupcake. Using knife or offset spatula, spread thin layer of ganache on top of cupcakes. Place in refrigerator to set up while you make the icing.
7. Make the icing: Beat together all ingredients until uniform consistency is reached. Place in piping bag and pipe squiggle across cupcake.


  1. I'm sure you made your Dad a very happy father! The cupcakes look great!

    1. Thanks Ellen!

      He keeps asking when I will make them again heehee. :D

  2. love it. sure brings back memories.

    1. Thanks Peter! Hopefully they'll make some new memories of better cakes as well :D

  3. Forget buying my friend, these are perfect and look beautiful for your daddy :D

    Choc Chip Uru

    1. Thanks Choc Chip Uru!

      They taste way fresher than those vaccuum-packed cakes Hostess sells for sure :D

  4. I had an absolutely absurd love for these things growing up, maybe because my mother wouldn't buy them. Your recipe looks like such an improvement!

    1. Thanks Cucina49!

      My mom still won't buy them for my Dad; so this pretty much made his day. :D

  5. You have just made my children VERY happy....this is going right on my to do list!! Thanks for sharing1

    1. Thanks Baker Becky!

      I hope they love them! Be sure to keep them in the fridge though; otherwise the ganache will melt.

  6. These look so much better than the original. Fabulous job!

    1. Thank you Emily!

      Any time I hear the word fabulous when it comes to my baked goods, it pretty much makes my day :D

  7. I have to admit... I loved hostess cupcakes when I was a kid. You did an awesome job recreating them at home. I bet these tasted a lot better too. :) I wish I could pull on out right now and bite into it. :)

  8. These look excellent! And much better than the packaged ones!

    1. Why Thank You Stephanie!

      Maybe Hostess should've brought me on to help out/eat everything in site heehee

  9. I loved Hostess cupcakes, have not had one in YEARS!! I gotta try this recipe. Love your blog, I am your newest follower!

    1. Nice to meet you Shari !

      Welcome to the mountain; So glad to have you as my newest follower and I hope you enjoy all the recipes you see and even test some out in your own kitchen :D

  10. wow, awesome job! they look super delicious!

  11. i am so impressed, these look so professional! i just came across your blog and it is so cute!! i love it! these recipes will definitely help me conquer my sweet tooth :) new follower for sure! :)

    1. Hi there Claris!

      Nice to meet you and I'm so thankful to have you as my newest follower!

      Oh and a sweet tooth (in my humble opinion of course) is never conquered, only temporarily satiated until it craves something new :D

  12. These look soo good! I was never a fan of the original but, my husband sure is. I'm certain this homemade version could win me over though!! Yum!