Every once in a while my parents would let us pick out some sort of Hostess treat from the grocery store. If I wasn’t picking out the Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies, it was these Hostess Cupcakes. They’re rich, chocolatey, have a sweet, velvety filling and a smooth chocolate ganache on top to tie everything together.
There is something so nostalgic about Hostess treats. This copycat recipe is just as delicious as the original cupcakes we all know, love, and remember.
Copycat Hostess Cupcakes Key Ingredients:
- Cocoa Powder – Cocoa powder helps to balance the sweetness of the filling, ganache, and frosting, adding a slightly bitter note that complements the sugar, other ingredients, and other components to this cupcake. Cocoa powder can also help to retain moisture, making it tender and moist.
- Fluff – Much like a whoopie pie filling, the fluff mixed with the most common buttercream ingredients (butter and confectioner’s sugar) helps to create the perfect copycat Hostess Cupcake filling. Fluff is deliciously sweet and pairs perfectly with the rich chocolate cupcake. It also provides that smooth, velvety texture in the filling.
- Butter – The butter in the filling and icing for the swirl on top helps to create the fluffy, smooth texture that we need for both components.
- Semi-Sweet Chocolate – While you can absolutely substitute semi-sweet chocolate for milk or dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate has that perfect balance of richness and sweetness.
Recreating The Iconic Swirl
The most nostalgic part about Hostess Cupcakes aside from their deliciously familiar flavor, is the piped, white swirl of frosting across the top. I use these Tipless piping bags from Amazon. They work perfectly for creating designs without the icing curling when trying to pipe and prevent you from needing a metal tip.
The best way to pipe any design is to hold your piping bag in the center rather than at the very top. This will give you more control. You can practice the swirls on parchment paper, scrape up all the practice swirls, then place is back into your bowl or piping bag. When the time comes to execute on top of the ganache, work slowly or at a pace most comfortable to you and work your way from one side of the cupcake to the other.
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I hope you’re enjoying trying out the recipes and ideas I’ve shared😊 It would bring me so much joy to see your wonderful creations! If you make something inspired by my suggestions or recipes, please share it on social media and tag me @thesqueakymicer – I can’t wait to see what you’ve made!Yum