Homemade Hostess Cupcakes

I saw these on Annie’s Eats and just knew I had to make them sometime, so I filed the recipe away for the right opportunity to make them. I thought they would be great to make for our youth retreat because what teenager doesn’t love hostess cupcakes?? These were really good, plus they are super cute. Next time, I will cut out the holes for the filling in the cupcakes with a paring knife instead of using my decorating tip, because I didn’t get enough filling in mine. Because of this, mine were a bit dry. Even with the lack of filling, these were still amazing!

Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Filling
Source: Annie’s Eats, adapted from Culinary in the Desert, originally from Food and Wine

For the cupcakes:
½ cup plus 2 tbsp. cake flour
1/3 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
2 large eggs, separated and at room temperature
1/3 cup canola oil
½ cup plus 2 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. water

For the filling:
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
¾ cup Marshmallow Fluff
1 ½ tbsp. plus 1 tsp. heavy cream

For the frosting:
¼ cup heavy cream
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened

Preheat the oven to 350°. Lightly coat the wells of a muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray, or line with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat together egg yolks, canola oil, ½ cup sugar and water until well combined. Add the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.

In a clean medium bowl, beat egg whites at high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and beat until stiff and glossy. Beat one quarter of the egg whites into the batter to lighten the mixture. Add remaining whites and gently fold the mixture together until no streaks remain.

Evenly divide the batter between the wells of the prepared muffin tin. Bake until the cupcakes spring back when lightly touched in the center, about 13-16 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly in pan before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the filling, in a medium bowl beat together the butter, confectioners’ sugar, Marshmallow Fluff and 1 ½ tablespoons of the heavy cream until fluffy. Reserve ½ cup of the mixture – transfer the rest to a pastry bag fitted with a ¼ – inch round tip. Beat the remaining 1 teaspoon of cream into the reserved ½ cup of filling, cover and reserve.

Gently insert the tip of the pastry bag about ½ – inch deep into the top of each cupcake and lightly squeeze in some of the filling.

To make the frosting, in a small saucepan heat cream over medium heat until steaming, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat, add the chocolate and let stand for 5 minutes. Add the butter and stir until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl and dip the top of each cupcake to thoroughly coat. Spoon the reserved filling into a pastry bag fitted with a very small plain tip and pipe curlicues across the center of each cupcake. Refrigerate the cupcakes for 10 minutes to set the frosting.

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  1. Too cute!! These look scrumptious!

  2. mamakrystal says:

    They still look delish! Great job Steph! Send one my way, hehe.

  3. They look divine!!!!!!!!!!! I so wish I could do some baking right now!

  4. Looks delicious – great job!!

  5. These look great!

  6. I made these for a 711 themed party a few weeks ago. You should try making the filling from scratch… it was so delicious and not difficult at all!
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