Hostess Inspired Chocolate Cupcakes

I have seen these cute Hostess inspired cupcakes popping up on Tastespotting and Foodgawker for quite some time, but I successfully withstood the peer pressure to make them until now!

Ya see, Bri is a serious cupcake fanatic, and always wants chocolate on chocolate, but being a food blogger I am not really one to repeat recipes. So when he requested his BORING chocolate on chocolate combo for the 1,263rd time, I decided to make these babies as a way to please him, but also try a new recipe.

A quick search on Foodgawker led me to the recipe for the filling and ganache. I used the recipe off the Hershey’s Cocoa can for the cake and used the other recipes found on Beantown Baker’s blog.

The filling is essentially Seven Minute Frosting. The icing is a simple ganache. But when all of these elements combine, they make one amazing cupcake. Plus, the Hostess swirls and surprise filling will bring a smile to anyone’s face.

These were loved by all and I thought they looked super adorable, especially with my beloved chocolate brown cupcake liners! Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Hostess Inspired Cupcakes


For the Cake

2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

For the Filling

2 large egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons water
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

For the Ganache Frosting

1/4 cup cream
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (I used semi-sweet)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened


1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line cupcake tins with paper baking cups.

2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared cupcake pans; 2/3 full

3. Bake 22 to 25 minutes. Cool completely. Frost. About 30 cupcakes. (I got 26 cupcakes)

4. While waiting for cupcakes to cool, combine filling ingredients with a pinch of salt in a metal bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water and beat with a handheld electric mixer at high speed until frosting is thick and fluffy, 6 to 7 minutes. Remove bowl from heat and continue to beat until slightly cooled. Reserve 1/2 cup of the filling to use for piping the swirls on top of the cupcakes at the end.

5.Once cupcakes are completely cooled, use the cone method (click here for Beantown’s post on this technique) to fill with filling.

6. Once all cupcakes are filled, make the ganache. In a small saucepan, heat cream until steaming. Remove from the heat, add chocolate and let stand for 5 minutes. Add the butter and stir until smooth. Transfer the frosting 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 swirls across the center of each cupcake. Refrigerate the cupcakes for 10 minutes to set the frosting.


- I doubled the ganache frosting recipe

adapted from Beantown Baker


29 Responses to “Hostess Inspired Chocolate Cupcakes”

  1. Ingrid — July 11, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Great photo! They look just like the hostess ones.

    Btw, I ordered some of those brown liners.


  2. *L* — July 11, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Oh my goodness, these look delicious! They might move to the top of my recipe queue like right now.


  3. Jen — July 11, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Yours look great! Thanks for linking back to me


  4. Erin — July 11, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Those look really awesome! I think I will try and make those later in the week!


  5. The Queen Mommy — July 11, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    That is so awesome! Getting the cake just right to hold the frosting and filling has always seemed like the hard part for me. This looks delectable!



  6. Lindsay — July 11, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    I've been wanting to try these for awhile. They look delish!


  7. Maria — July 11, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    I need to try those. I used to love hostess cupcakes as a kid. I would eat them frozen. Great recipe!


  8. La Table De Nana — July 11, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    These are vintage cute!


  9. Jennifer — July 11, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    I've been wanting to make these lately too seeing them on the sites! You did a great job, they look so yummy!!


  10. Bethie — July 12, 2009 at 5:02 am

    They look adorable, much better than the real thing.


  11. Jamieanne — July 12, 2009 at 7:01 am

    I've been avoiding making these for ages too, but your pictures have finally pushed me to the breaking point. I'm going to have to make these! They look so delicious, even better than the real ones!


  12. Sara — July 12, 2009 at 7:31 am

    These look awesome! And I bet they taste so much better than the real Hostess cupcakes. :) I've given you an award on my blog because I enjoy yours so much!


  13. diane — July 12, 2009 at 8:35 am

    They look incredible. Your photography is gorgeous.


  14. Elizabeth — July 12, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Great photo!


  15. Kerstin — July 12, 2009 at 11:23 am

    SO cute – great job!!


  16. Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] — July 12, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Oohh yumm they look soo good!! Great way to something different, while still pleasing people! I hate when I'm asked to make the same recipes again and again.. and again.. and again *sigh*


  17. Tracey — July 12, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Amazing photo! My husband loves to ask for the same recipes over and over again and like you, sometimes I try to find a way to make him happy, but I really like to try new recipes :)


  18. Eliana — July 12, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    The cupcakes look picture perfect. Even better than the original in my opinion.


  19. vibi — July 13, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Can't believe you made it… looks like the real (fake) stuff!! LOL LOL LOL


  20. Pamela — July 13, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Wow! They look fantastic. I just pulled a recipe similar to this one from a Food Network Magazine that was a few months old. I definitely want to give this one a try sometime soon. Nice job.


  21. Robin Sue — July 17, 2009 at 8:08 am

    Yours look Perfect!! This is not boing at all!


  22. The Momma — July 21, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    I TOTALLY want to make these!!! So cute!


  23. Sheri — January 3, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    SO, I just made these. I think they were quite simple, yet a bit time consuming. But man are they worth it. My husband (who isn't a huge chocolate lover) and my girls (who are) couldn't wait for them to cool in the fridge. One bite and you're in heaven. The cupcake, cream, and ganache are a perfect chocolatey blend. I used the thin tip on my piping bag to fill each cupcake which saved a ton of time, used it to pipe the curly top, too. Thank you for sharing, will be making these many more times.


  24. Stephanie — March 21, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    I made these last week to cheer up a friend – yes, agreed with the above poster, time-consuming, but soooooooo worth it! I used Ghiradelli chips for the ganache and slightly cooled in the fridge combined with holy-smokes-moist chocolate cake made for a superb cupcake. I will never buy these again!


  25. erica — September 16, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    so i just made these and they are soooo good! the only thing is i would personally recommend using semi sweet chocolate for the ganache and not the bittersweet. it was not as sweet as i expected but still very good!! def worth the time to make these


  26. Rebecca — February 4, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Love this recipe…would like to try it this weekend as i have a birthday party to cater too but i dont own a handheld mixer only a fullsize kitchen aid mixer. Any suggestions on how to go about making the filling with out the handheld option? Would I have to use a standard whisk instead?


    • MBA — April 11, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      I would use the full size mixer with a whisk attachment for this. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

  27. Leslie Pieper-McQueen — December 17, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    I have a cupcake blog called My Year of Cupcakes. I featured your Hostess Inspired Cupcake recipe on Day 127. Here’s the link if you wanna take a look:

    Thanks for the adorable recipe!



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