Sunday, April 25, 2010

Home-made Hostess Cupcakes

Cream-Filled Cupcakes Recipe from Family Circle magazine.

I went to our RS b-day party in March and someone had brought home-made Hostess Cupcakes for dessert! I just about died. I loved those when I was a kid! They're a little too terrible for me now and they have a weird aftertaste, but these were great. I had the hardest time finding who made them, just to find out it was my good friend, Winona! I'm going to try and make them tomorrow for FHE.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1- 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1- 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1- 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • Filling and Swirl:
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1- 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk
  • Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


1. Heat oven to 350°. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.

2. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk to blend. Combine the buttermilk and the vanilla in a measuring cup.

3. Beat the butter and the sugar in a medium mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium high speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the flour mixture alternating with the buttermilk mixture, starting and ending with the flour mixture.

4. Divide the batter between the prepared muffin pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool 10 minutes. Invert and cool completely.

5. Filling and Swirl: Beat butter in a medium-size bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually add confectioners' sugar. Add 2 tablespoons of the milk and beat 5 minutes until almost white and light and fluffy. Add additional milk if mixture is too thick. Spoon frosting into a pastry bag fitted with a medium-size plain round tip. Remove cakes from pan. Insert tip of pastry bag into top of cakes, about 1/2 inch deep, and squeeze.

6. Meanwhile, make the Glaze: Heat the cream and corn syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat until it just comes to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the chocolate chips. Cover and let stand 5 minutes. Whisk until smooth.

7. Dip the tops of the filled cupcakes into the chocolate glaze. Place on a cooling rack to set for 10 minutes.

8. Change the piping tip for the vanilla frosting to a smaller round tip. Pipe decorative swirls on top of the glazed cupcakes.

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