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Homemade Hostess Cupcakes

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I grew up in a house that discouraged junk food, and so rarely got to enjoy any Hostess brand sweet treat. This was usually fine.  But come elementary school, and the daily ritual of lunchtime trades, I realized what I was missing. 

Imagine the buying power homemade Hostess cupcakes will have in the lunch room...step down Dunkaroos, there's a new sheriff in town.

Inspired by Bake at 350, this recipe has many steps, but the end result is delicious and completely worth it. 
 
 
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Step 1: Ingredients!

Recipe makes about 20 cupcakes, with plenty of icing, filling, and ganache to spare

For the cupcakes:
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 oz unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
For the filling:
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 cup marshmallow creme
For the ganache:
  • 6 oz bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the icing:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
...Try and not think about all that butter

You will also need some cupcake tins, cupcake liners, a pastry bag, and a stand-up mixer

sillysally529 months ago
Awesome! I need to try this!
XofHope9 months ago
These look terribly yummy! I'd love to try the recipe but I'm Portuguese and pretty sure I won't be able to find marshmallow cream anywhere, Is there a way to make it or something I can replace it with?
lilly22879 months ago
How much butter is a stick? I'm from Germany but these cupcakes look delicious and I really want to make some for my friends...
kazmataz (author)  lilly22879 months ago
One stick of butter is 8 tablespoons, or 113.4 grams
EmmaKaspersen10 months ago
I'm not sure these look quite as good as the stuff you buy in the box, but that might just be because I'm used to the horribly processed cakes I grew up with xD
gosphero1 year ago
Homemade Hostess cupcake... Don't you know this #techtoy has a cupcake problem? Must make cupcakes!
zurichko1 year ago
I have a feeling that after Hostess' announcement of closing, this will be a very popular instructable. http://hostessbrands.com/Closing.aspx
dsheets21 year ago
Best cupcakes ever-by far!!! My family LOVES these, and they really are pretty easy to make...just a little putzy :-)
DrHoppe2 years ago
Wow Kazmataz, these look better than the real thing!
ledsign2 years ago
Nice!
I try to make one!
I have been looking for a Hostess Cupcake recipe for AGES! Thank you so much for sharing! I have been craving for one of these ever since I moved to Tokyo haha
scable-12 years ago
I made these for a potluck and they were a huge hit! I made one minor change- royal icing for the decorative loops. Thanks for the great recipe!
xemiahx2 years ago
Isnt those "pinguinos" from Marinela?... (chilean candy)
tzsch2 years ago
Oh man, I am totally processed junk food adverse, but Hostess Cupcakes are one of my guilty pleasures. Now in new guilt-free format. Thanks!

TIP: homemade marshmallows would only add a few hours : ) to this process, and the recipe can be thinned to be more cream like.
These were so good. The icing was perfect. :D
skylane2 years ago
I gained a pound and a half just reading this... thanks! :-)

mikeasaurus2 years ago
yum, these look tasty!
Best of all no partially hydrogenated anything!
Unless it's in the marshmallow cream. Still, the possibility of it being in only -one- ingredient is a lot better than likely found in the packaged version.
damionflynn2 years ago
I can already feel myself getting fatter just looking at this recipe. Hostess Cupcakes are one of my favorite treats....
sunshiine2 years ago
Nice and sweet! Thanks for sharing.
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