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Day 20 – Homemade Hostess Cupcakes

20 Aug

So, speaking of fun, childhood things…

Homemade Hostess Cupcakes (recipe below from Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice).  Well, if I must.

Hostess cupcakes          Mini Hostess Cupcake

Cakes are dense, but not dry.  Very springy.  And very, very chocolatey.  Not strong, or dark, just chocolate.


The filling is very sticky.  Yummy, but sticky.  But, that’s what marshmallow fluff is, right?


Ganache is smooth and creamy.  Good semisweet flavor, not too dark, but not milk chocolate.

Hostess Cupcake          Hostess mini

(No matter how much sugar I added, I couldn’t prevent my squiggles from running together…)

The ganache is slightly overpowering to the cupcake, but overall it’s yummy!  Rich, chocolate flavor, cut just slightly by the fluff filling.  The chocolate flavor is a bit more obvious in the full-size cake, but the minis are pretty similar.   (Dangerous!  Cupcake gets tastier with every bite!!)

This whole cupcake is very easy to make!  There are 3 parts, but ganache is super easy to make, as is the filling (unless you are making your own fluff — which is an option).

Scoring Sheet:

– Cupcake Taste: 3.5

– Frosting Taste: 4

– Overall Taste: 4

– Appearance: 4.5

– Ease of Making: 3.5

– TOTAL: 19.5


Homemade Hostess Cupcakes (recipe from Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice)


1 cup all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 + 1/4 cups marshmallow fluff/creme*
5 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup heavy cream, warmed in a saucepan
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1-2 teaspoons milk
For directions visit Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice.
*Tomorrow: Raspberry Lemon Cream Cheese Cupcakes*
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