Thursday, March 10, 2011

Share a Spoon - Mock Hostess Cupcakes

 Think Tank Momma

I truly love cupcakes.  They are just so cute, and yummy, and perfect.  They are just the right size.   The ratio of sweet frosting to moist cake is just right! Yes, a cupcake is just the perfect sized sweet treat.

Now, ordinarily I am not that big of a fan of chocolate cake.  It's just o.k.  You know, unless you're talking about the Chocolate Hazelnut Cake at The Capital Grille or something equally as decadent.  However, most of the time I would prefer something like carrot, white, lemon, etc.

Save for one of my favorite Hostess treats.  I love the Hostess Cupcakes.  You know the ones.  The chocolate cupcake.  The creamy white filling.  The chocolate ganache topping with white squiggles.  When they are fresh, they are fabulous.  Since I can't always find them, or refuse to pay as much as they want for them, I decided I would figure out how to make my own version at home.

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Mock Hostess Cupcakes

1 ¼ cup flour
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa
2 extra large eggs
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup milk
1 ½ cup sugar
1 cup softened butter
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl sift together flour, cocoa, cayenne, salt and baking powder.

Cream together sugar and butter.  Add eggs one at a time and mix well.  Add milk and vanilla.  Slowly stir in flour mixture.  Stir until well incorporated but don't over mix.

Line regular sized cupcake tins with papers.  Fill 2/3 of the way full.

Bake 17 minutes.

Remove from cupcake tins and allow to cool completely.

Creme Filling

1 jar Marshmallow fluff 7oz.
2 teaspoons hot water
Pinch of salt
1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
½ cup shortening
3 tablespoons heavy cream

Whip shortening and hot water.  Mix in marshmallow fluff, sugar and cream.

In a piping bag, or zip top bag, fitted with a round decorating tip, add the creme filling.  

Insert tip into the center of the cooled cupcakes about half way down.  Squeeze gently until the top of the cupcake puffs up just a bit.  Be careful not to over fill the cupcake.


1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 bag milk chocolate chips (I use Hershey's)
1 Tablespoon butter

In a small sauce pan over medium low heat warm the cream and butter until butter is melted.  Stir in chocolate chips until chocolate is smooth and shiny.  Remove from heat.

Allow ganache to cool to room temp.  Dip cupcakes.  Allow excess chocolate to drip down off.  Flip and leave ganache to set.

Decorate tops with melted white chocolate or vanilla frosting.

I add the cayenne pepper to these cupcakes to give the chocolate a little punch.  Kick up the flavor a bit.  You can omit if you like.  

These are a fun treat and the kids seem to LOVE them.


Michelle Pixie said...

Ten pounds! That is what I am going to gain now that I discovered this recipe! This week is killing me! YUM!!

Tiffanee said...

Drooling!! Those are my favorite. I cannot wait to make these and try out the cayenne pepper in them!

Jenn Erickson said...

Awesome! They sound leagues better than the originals!

Jenn/Rook No. 17

Crystal Escobar said...

Oh my gosh, those are SO cute and they look delicious!!!

The Random Blogette said...

My husband has been begging me to make these. I guess that now that I have a recipe I have no excuse anymore!!