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Two-Bite Homemade Hostess Cupcakes

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Homemade Hostess Cupcakes

Sometimes I think that Chad might be from another planet.

And I’m not talking about that Men are from Mars crap.

I’m talking about normal cultural references… stuff I thought most people our age (most ages) knew. This all started a few weeks ago when we began toying with the idea of furniture shopping for a few things we need around the house. I’m a sucker for Rooms-To-Go and Ikea marketing; everything in one place at a discount!!! Plus I am really not good at decorate-ey fashiony sort of girl stuff, so wandering through places like that gives me some idea about what in the world I’m supposed to do. A Rooms-To-Go ad appeared in our mailbox and I flipped through it, commenting on things I may want to go see. I said something about liking these chairs but that they were probably sort of pricey because they have Cindy Crawford’s name on them. And then he said this:

“Who’s Cindy Crawford?”

making homemade Hostess cupcakes

So I’m like, “You know. CINDY CRAWFORD. Supermodel. Pepsi commercial. Very distinctive mole. Cindy Crawford!” And he still had no clue.

I busted out some Youtube and pulled up the Pepsi Commercial thinking he’d go, “Ohhhhhh. Cindy Crawford.” But no. Chad has no idea who Cindy Crawford is.

I guess maybe I should be thankful for that?

ready to fill cupcakes

Saturday afternoon gave him some lazy time on the couch while I worked out some elaborate kitchen project (but for the life of me I have no idea what we ate on Saturday…?). He was scrolling through the Netflix library looking for something suitable to half watch/half sleep through, and then IT HAPPENED AGAIN.

Chad asked me, “What’s ‘Heathers‘?” Ummmmmm, are you kidding me?

First of all… my name is Heather. And though I bear absolutely ZERO resemblance to anyone in the movie, I’ve spent my whole life having people draw references to it when I say my name. PLUS I thought ‘Heathers’ was one of those movies that you everyone HAS to see. It’s like saying you’ve never seen The Breakfast Club.

cream filled cupcakes

So I told him that. AND THEN he said that he’d never seen The Breakfast Club.

I almost fell over from shock.

I’m pretty sure both of the kids have seen The Breakfast Club. Where has Chad been? Under a rock? And how do you find your way into adulthood in the year 2012 knowing who Conway Twitty is but not Molly Ringwald?

To be fair, he sort of saved himself a little bit when he said, “Oh, you mean the one with all the kids in detention and that one weird girl eats Cap’n Crunch on her sandwich?”

frosting on cooled chocolate ganache

So I made these little two-bite homemade versions of Hostess cupcakes. Chad DID know what a Hostess cupcake is… I was worried there for a minute. These taste exactly like the real deal, except better because the filling doesn’t have that odd sugar-flavored-but-flavorless-vegetable-oily thing going on. AND I topped them with a chocolate ganache. AND this recipe makes about 48 little squishy two-bite chocolate dreams, which is waaaay more than you’ll get out of a box of those cupcakes. AND since they’re so small you can have two without the guilty compulsion to run 16 miles. Even Cindy Crawford might indulge.

cream-filled bite size cupcakes

homemade hostess cupcakes

Two-Bite Homemade Hostess Cupcakes (adapted from THIS recipe at Can You Stay for Dinner)


1/2 cup hot brewed coffee

2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (I used semi-sweet chocolate chips)

1 egg

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup canola oil

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup granulated sugar

Pre-heat the oven to 325. Line a mini-muffin pan with paper liners and then lightly spray over the whole lined pan with non-stick cooking spray. In a medium bowl, pour the hot coffee over the chocolate, let it stand for about a minute, and then stir with a fork until smooth. Mine had lumps at the bottom and wasn’t so pretty at first; don’t worry. Set the chocolate aside and in a large bowl beat the egg until it’s frothy- about 30 seconds. Add the sour cream, vanilla, and oil. Then beat in the chocolate.

In another large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, unsweetened cocoa, and sugar. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined, making sure to scrape down the sides. Use a tablespoon to portion the batter into the prepared mini-muffin cups.

Bake for 10-12 minutes; a pick inserted into the center will come out clean, or with just a few sticky crumbs, The tops will be a little bit springy to the touch. Let the cupcakes cool completely.

Cream Filling

1 stick unsalted butter, softened

3 cups confectioner’s sugar

3-4 tablespoons heavy cream

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Beat the butter for just a minute to smooth it out. Then beat in the confectioner’s sugar a cup at a time, mixing until smooth in between each addition. Follow the same procedure with the heavy cream, adding it a tablespoon at a time and beating until smooth in between each addition until you’ve reached your desired consistency. Then beat in the vanilla.

Start Assembly

Using a tiny paring knife cut the middles out of your tiny cupcakes. The cupcakes will be really soft and this part won’t look perfect. It’s fine. Just use clean fingers to gently press and shape the opening in the top of the cupcake, but not too much. The frosting will fill it and there will be glaze to cover all this up.

Fit a pastry bag with a good tip for filling (I used a Wilton star tip 22 and put all the filling in one bag instead of dividing it because the star tip 22 worked for piping the curly-cues across the finished cupcakes, although it wasn’t totally “Hostess authentic”) and put about 3/4 of the filling in the bag. You can also use a ziploc bag with one corner lobbed off. Fill the tiny cakes with the vanilla buttercream just to the top (try not to go over the lip of the opening).

Chocolate Glaze (Chocolate Ganache)

3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/4 cup heavy cream

Put the chocolate chips in a medium bowl. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan heat the heavy cream until it simmers. Pour the heavy cream over the chocolate chips and let it stand for about a minute. Using a small whisk or a fork, whisk the chocolate and cream together until smooth. If the mixture is too liquidy for you just let it stand for a few more minutes, stirring occasionally. It will thicken as it cools.

Complete Assembly

Spoon the chocolate glaze onto each cupcake, using the back of the spoon to smooth it out. Work as quickly as you can because the ganache doesn’t smooth as easily (or look as pretty) as it starts to cool.

After I spooned the chocolate glaze over my cupcakes I refrigerated them for a few minutes, to let the ganache set up. Then I used my pastry bag to pipe the little swirl across the top of each cake using the last 1/4 of the buttercream.



Written by Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

September 27, 2012 at 3:46 pm

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  1. Haha what a character! At least as a small ok, he knew about the Hostess cupcakes otherwise he wouldn’t have been allowed your delicious treats 😉

    Choc Chip Uru

    Choc Chip Uru

    September 27, 2012 at 4:12 pm

  2. LOL! Well he sort of redeemed himself with knowing a little something about The Breakfast Club….These sound DEEE-LISH!! so I’ll definitely be making them in the future….BTW…I got to hear Molly Ringwald speak at an event for women a year ago this past April..pretty cool!! She’s still so darn cute 🙂


    September 27, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    • That is so cool! I love her. She’s adorable. And I love that she’s not one of those tragic teen starlets… she just grew up, had a family, stayed awesome. Also I want my hair to do what hers does.
      I hope you’ll make these! Except they are completely addictive. Find some people to share with or you’ll consume 46 of the 48 and not think twice.If the boys hadn’t been here I’d be running a marathon right now.

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      September 27, 2012 at 9:34 pm

  3. Aaaaand now I’m going tot he store for Hostess cupcakes because I have a chapter exam in Spanish tomorrow & don’t have the time to bake…grrr!!

    Jenn Roy Sharkey

    September 27, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    • Eat now, bake later. I mailed some to my sister, but stuff gets to her in less than 24 hours. And even then I was worried the chocolate would melt…
      Como estas?

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      September 27, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      • mmmm…chocolate!! estoy muy enojado, mi profesor de espanol es un culo!

        Jenn Roy Sharkey

        September 28, 2012 at 3:27 pm

  4. Oh…oh Chad lol I can sort of see him not really knowing who Cindy Crawford is…but only because she’s more behind the scenes in the last 10 or so years, but still…if when Googling he still doesn’t know who she is…then clearly he has been under a rock haha Boys!! These cupcakes look sinful!! I LOVE Hostess cupcakes. I’d always eat the cake off the cream part then save the cream and chocolate topping for the end…mmmmm so good!!! lol Random question….are you fluent in Spanish? haha


    September 29, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    • I WISH I were fluent in Spanish. My friend Jen is in the middle of college-level-Spanish crazy and I THINK she said that she really enjoyed the chocolate (because reading this made her abandon all books and go buy cupcakes) and then something about her Spanish professor being an ass. Sounds about right.
      I love a Hostess cupcake! These little bitty ones were awesome..

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      September 30, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      • oh hahahahahaha I’d literally have to copy and paste from Google Translate to hold a conversation in Spanish, I just could never learn!! Hostess for life son!!! lol


        October 1, 2012 at 12:14 am

  5. Where did my comment go? So odd….I think they are going to Spam?


    September 30, 2012 at 5:32 pm

  6. These are adorable! Little itty-bitty treats are my favorite indulgences. That cream filling looks divine!

    Sandra - The Foodie Affair

    October 2, 2012 at 1:36 am

  7. Are you kidding me?? These look SO awesome. Have I ever mentioned I actually love Hostess cakes? When I was a kid with a roaring metabolism, I used to eat hostess cakes and swiss rolls at lunch. (Of course, my poor mom had no idea I was being snaky and using my lunch money to buy them.) Yum!!!


    November 11, 2012 at 7:45 am

    • So…. here’s what’s weird. I access your blog through my reader because I moved right? So these last few posts that I wrote before I moved my blog are in both places (.com and .org) and I think when you follow my link from your comments it takes you to old instead of new? Whatever. That sentence warranted a whole plate full of these cupcakes. They are delicious! And they’d make really great gifts!! My mom packed us swiss cake rolls when we were little. Ohhhhh girl I loved those things. Sometimes I buy them for my kids; it’s a nostalgia thing.

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      November 11, 2012 at 8:21 am

  8. PS I could probably eat barrels of that cream filling.


    November 11, 2012 at 7:45 am

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