Friday, February 20, 2009

Homemade "Hostess" Cupcakes

As I was perusing the other day, I came across this recipe for Cream-Filled Cupcakes. I really wanted to make them- I have a Wilton bismark-filling tip for filling bismarks and cupcakes, and I've never used it, so I really wanted to try it out. I made these when we had friends over for a barbecue. In the filling, I used all butter instead of shortening, and I used canola oil in the cupcakes. I glazed them with Satiny Chocolate Glaze and used the leftover white filling to make the squiggle thingy on top. It was hard to tell how much filling was being piped into these because I couldn't actually see if; my 1st cupcakes had hardly any filling inside. The photo below of the inside of the cupcake was one of my first ones that didn't have much filling. I actually had some filling leftover. I made 30 cupcakes, not 36. I would make these again- the batter was so easy to whip up and they are just fun to make. They were a huge hit with the kids. I changed the directions below to accomodate what I did.

Cream-Filled Cupcakes
adapted from

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1/3 cup baking cocoa
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch salt

1. In a mixing bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Add eggs, milk, oil, water and vanilla. Beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. Fill paper-lined muffin cups half full. Bake at 375 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

2. In a mixing bowl, combine butter, confectioners' sugar, milk, vanilla and salt; beat until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Insert a decorating tip into a pastry or plastic bag; fill with cream filling. Push the tip through the top of each cupcake to fill.

3. Frost tops with chocolate frosting or glaze (below), and pipe a white squiggly line on top.

Satiny Chocolate Glaze

3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1.In a double boiler over hot, but not boiling water, combine chocolate chips, butter and corn syrup. Stir until chips are melted and mixture is smooth, then add vanilla.

2.Spread warm glaze over top of each cupcake.

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HoneyB said...

What a gorgeous job you do! ALL the pics are awesome!

Katy said...

I could almost cry I sooooo want a couple of these delicious looking cupcakes!!!

Sara said...

These are just adorable. They look just like the real thing, but I am sure they taste so much better.

Susie said...

YUM!! Your pics are so pretty too!

Linda said...

Dishy, did you like the cake part? They look fantastic!

What A Dish! said...

I did like the cake part! Although I haven't had many chocolate cupcakes in my life, so I guess I don't have much to compare it to! I liked the lightness and texture though.

Donna said...

I would love to feature your cupcakes on my website as a feature recipe - I don't see a way to contact you - please email me at and let me know if this is ok-- I'll provide a link back to your blog-- thanks!

Cookin'mama said...

They are absolutely adorable, Dish!

Alyson's Wonderland said...

Those look so beautiful and delicious!

Kastina said...

Oh my god!!! I'm so happy to now have access to this recipe, thank you thank you thank you! I'm so excited now! You're blog is great.