Make Your Own Hostess Cupcakes

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, February 7, 2012
hostess cupcakes
Skip the packaged cupcakes in the supermarket and make your own instead.

We had so much fun making homemade Girl Scout Cookies, we just had to try and recreate another childhood classic.

Why Make your own?
Using real ingredients like butter, sugar and chocolate in this recipe means our version won’t be low in calories. BUT, what you will be getting is a super fun and delicious cupcake made without preservatives, fillers, thickeners and hydrogenated oils found in the store-bought version.

Chocolate “Squiggle” Cupcakes
Makes 12 cupcakes

Cupcakes
1 recipe Little Devil’s Food Cakes (no frosting)

Filling
1 tablespoon softened butter
¾ cup marshmallow creme

Ganache Topping
4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
¼ cup heavy cream, warmed in a saucepan

Squiggle Topping
½ cup confectioners’ sugar
Milk

Directions:
Prepare cupcakes according to recipe, using a ¼ cup of batter for each cupcake (you’ll have some batter leftover to make 2 extra cupcakes).

For the filling, combine the marshmallow and butter in a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Whisk until well combined and transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a wide tip. When the cupcakes are completely cooled gently press the tip into the top of each cupcake. Gently squeeze to inject the cupcake with about 1 tablespoon of the filling. Set aside.

For the ganache, place chocolate chips in a bowl and cover with warm cream. Allow to sit for 3 to 4 minutes and then whisk until melted and smooth. Spoon 2 teaspoons of the chocolate mixture over each cupcake and spread out using the back of a spoon to cover the top. Allow the ganache  to cool and set for at least 10 minutes.
Finally for the swiggles, whisk confectioners sugar with 2 to 3 tablespoons of milk. Drizzle or use a pastry bag with a thin tip to decorate the top of each cupcake.

Nutrition Info Per Cupcake
Calories: 247
Total Fat: 12 grams
Saturated Fat: 7 grams
Total Carbohydrate: 32 grams
Sugars: 22 grams
Protein: 3 grams
Sodium:  107 milligrams
Cholesterol: 71 milligrams
Fiber: 1 gram

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Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »

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