When I was a kid, we were allowed Hostess Cupcakes as a rare treat. The first thing I’d do is pick off the white swirls. Then I’d eat the frosting. I’d then split it open and scoop out the yummy cream filling. Lastly, I would eat the cake. Not much has changed, if I had one now, I’d eat it the same way.
* To ensure the correct consistency of the filling, use marshmallow creme (fluff or Kraft Jet-Puffed Creme) and not marshmallow sauce.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon instant espresso
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons water
- 3/4 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- 1 1/4 cups marshmallow creme (*see prior note)
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1. Make batter.
Adjust the oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour 12-cup muffin tin. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in bowl. Whisk water, cocoa, chocolate chips, and espresso in large bowl until smooth. Add sugar, sour cream, oil, eggs, and vanilla and mix until combined. Whisk in flour mixture until incorporated. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Bake until toothpick inserted into cupcake comes out with few dry crumbs attached, 18 to 22 minutes. Cool cupcakes in tin 10 minutes, then turn out onto wire rack and cool completely.
2. Prepare filling.
Combine water and gelatin in large bowl and let sit until gelatin softens, about 5 minutes. Microwave until mixture is bubbling around edges and gelatin dissolves, about 30 seconds. Stir in butter, vanilla, and salt until combined. Let mixture cool until just warm to touch, about 5 minutes, then whisk in marshmallow creme until smooth; refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes. Transfer 1/3 cup marshmallow mixture to pastry bag fitted with small plain tip; reserve remaining mixture for filling cupcakes.
3. Assemble cupcakes.
Microwave chocolate and butter in small bowl, stirring occasionally, until smooth, about 30 seconds. Cool glaze to room temperature, about 10 minutes. Starting around the top rim cut down & inward with a knife around in a circle to create an inverted cone going into the cupcake. Saw the cone off of the bottom of the lid so it becomes flat (but not too thin!). Try to keep the lids with their respective cupcakes – they’ll fit back together nicer after filling. Fill cupcakes with 1 tablespoon filling each. Replace tops, frost with 2 teaspoons cooled glaze, and let sit 10 minutes. Using pastry bag, pipe curlicues across glazed cupcakes. Serve. (The cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 days.)
These cupcakes are hands down the best I’ve ever tasted (of their type); though that could be because Charlotte & I made them together, and it felt so good eating them. They certainly do beat the original hostess cupcake though. Just be prepared for some serious temptations for the next 2 days while they sit around. We usually give away as many cupcakes as we can right away, so we’re limited from the start. But giving these things away is really really tough for us.