Homemade Hostess Cupcakes!*

I have been sitting here thinking about how I can convince you that you don’t want to start your diet today. Sure, you pigged out on Halloween candy yesterday (if you are some kinda freak with self control and you didn’t — don’t tell me. I don’t want to hear it), but for the love of everything chocolate, you do not want to start your diet today.

I mean, all that sugar is still in your system. And it’s too much of a shock to your system to cut out sugar completely. I mean for heavens sake, it’s November! That means it’s prime lumpy sweater (read: hides muffin tops) and leggings (read: you don’t have to fit into your jeans) weather.

Instead, you should spend the afternoon baking up a batch of these babies. Then just eat one every other day to slowly ease the sugar out of your system. By the time you finish the first batch, you will be totally prepared for the Thanksgiving Pies. Then you can make a second batch (and trust me, there will be a second batch), and eat them every other day till Christmas.

And then January will be here…and we all know that’s stupid resolutions time. You won’t be eating sugar in January, or if you do you will be kicking yourself for it, so enjoy it now…while it’s still lumpy sweater season and your swimsuits are hidden away in the back of your drawer.

Sure, these have a lot of ingredients and a long list of directions, but don’t let that scare you off. Each of the steps are really easy and can be done while you are watching reruns of Friends…

Ross and Rachel break up — Put the cupcakes in the oven.

Ross and Rachel make up — Take them out.

Ross and Rachel break up — Fill them with sweet gooey filling.

Ross and Rachel hook up — Dip them in dark chocolate icing.

Ross and Rachel have a baby — Stuff your face with chocolatey cakey goodness.


… you get the idea. All of the steps will pay off in the end with a Hostess Cupcake better than any Hostess Cupcake you have had before. In this case, Homemade really is better.



Homemade Hostess Cupcakes

Yield: 16 Cupcakes


  • 1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dutch process cocoa powder (or really dark cocoa powder)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup marshmallow creme (the jar of marshmallow fluff)


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 2 ounces 70% bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted


  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla



Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.

Stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Set aside.

In a large bowl whisk egg, sugar, oil and vanilla; stirring till there are no lumps. Then add flour mixture, alternating with milk, until you have a smooth batter.

Fill cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake 20 to 22 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.


Using a stand mixer, cream the butter until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in confectioners’ sugar. Add the vanilla and milk and beat until smooth. Beat in the marshmallow creme.

Transfer filling into a pastry bag with a long filling tip. Insert the tip into the center of each cupcake and fill until the cupcake is slightly heavier. It's OK if some of the filling peeks out a little, it will be covered by the chocolate icing layer.

Chocolate Icing:

In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add milk, corn syrup and chopped chocolate, stirring slowly to allow chocolate to melt completely.

Once melted, remove from heat and whisk in sifted powdered sugar. Immediately dip the top of each cupcake into the icing and transfer to a wire rack. Let icing set (about 10 minutes), before moving on to the next step.

Vanilla Icing:

Using a stand mixer, cream the butter until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in confectioners’ sugar. Add the vanilla and milk and beat until smooth. If the icing is too stiff, add in a little more milk.

Transfer icing into a pastry bag with a small tip. Pipe in a swirl decoration on top of the cupcakes.

Store cupcakes in the fridge and allow 15 minutes to warm up before serving.

Cupcakes, Chocolate Icing & Vanilla Icing: TNCB Originals
Filling: Food Network Magazine

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54 Responses to “Homemade Hostess Cupcakes!”

  1. 1

    Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 1, 2012 @ 12:41 am

    They look amazing! And I’ve seen so many cake-mix versions of these and love that you went 100% from scratch! And the white swirl frosting is so perfect on top of them! Love Hostess!

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    Blog is the New Black — November 1, 2012 @ 5:13 am

    These look awesome- great job on the curly frosting!

  3. 3

    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — November 1, 2012 @ 7:37 am

    omg you’re bringing back memories. I use to peel off the top and eat that first mmmm. these are so cute!

  4. 4

    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — November 1, 2012 @ 7:51 am

    Oh my goodness — these are WAY too cute!!! Love that curly frosting (which I always used to lick off first!). :)

  5. 5

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — November 1, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    Eeee so cute!!

  6. 6

    Michninja — November 1, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    I’m not a big Hostess person, but the way you write this post is almost seductive. I guess I’m going to have to try these soon!

  7. 7

    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — November 1, 2012 @ 10:03 am

    Ooh I would always peel the tops off and then enjoy the creamy bottom. YUM!

  8. 8

    Jessica — November 1, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    These look soo good! I think it’s intersting that everyone ate the frosting first, I always just took one huge bite of everything…. ^_^.

  9. 9

    Joanne — November 1, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

    I had absolutely ZERO halloween candy yesterday so I think I’m entitled to a few of these babies! You know…to make up for lost sugar. 😛

  10. 10

    Jill — November 1, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

    Pure genius!

  11. 11

    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — November 1, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

    These are so fun!

  12. 12

    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — November 1, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

    These look so good and delicious just like a hostess!

  13. 13

    Cassie | Bake Your Day — November 1, 2012 @ 5:11 pm

    Perfect for Friends watching. These are out-of-this-world!

  14. 14

    Annalise — November 1, 2012 @ 10:37 pm

    Jessica, these look incredible! And how did you know that I bake with Friends reruns in the background?? Uh oh, my secret is out!

  15. 15

    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — November 2, 2012 @ 12:26 am

    These look sooo much better than packaged Hostess cupcakes. They’re so pretty, and I’m sure way tastier!

  16. 16

    Rachel Cooks — November 2, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    lol! Love the Friends timeline. These look amazing!

  17. 17

    The Teacher Cooks — November 2, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    Gosh, these look so good! What a great idea Jessica!

  18. 18

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  19. 19

    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — November 2, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

    These are gorgeous!!!

  20. 20

    Lori @ RecipeGirl — November 2, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

    so cute! I’ve always wanted to try making these!

  21. 21

    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — November 5, 2012 @ 12:37 am

    Could these be any more adorable?!

  22. 22

    sally @ sallys baking addiction — November 5, 2012 @ 6:00 am

    Jessica I love these!! A perfect homemade replica of the iconic american cupcake dessert. These are making me nostalgic – I remember how excited I got seeing a hostess cupcake in my lunchbox for dessert :)

  23. 23

    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — November 5, 2012 @ 5:05 pm

    These are outrageous, Jessica! Your baking talent knows no bounds!

  24. 24

    Tammy — November 5, 2012 @ 9:43 pm

    Found you after Iowa Girl Eats linked to these! Where did you find the most perfect cupcake holders??

    • Jessica replied: — November 13th, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

      I found them at TJ Maxx! They had tons of colors!

  25. 25

    jmposti4 — November 6, 2012 @ 9:30 am

    Ohh I am making these TODAY!
    Congrats on the cookbook

  26. 26

    natalie@thesweetslife — November 6, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

    um yes, love the Friends advice in there with the cupcakes! :)

  27. 27

    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — November 6, 2012 @ 6:24 pm

    Totally put off a diet for these!

  28. 28

    marla — November 7, 2012 @ 11:29 am

    Jessica, these are so FUN!

  29. 29

    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — November 7, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

    OMG, I love this!!!! These look fantastic and perfect!!! and love that you wrote directions while watching a rerun of Friends. . hilarious!! :)

  30. 30

    Jeannie — November 7, 2012 @ 7:43 pm

    You don’t have to tell me twice!
    BTY, bought your donut book and it’s awesome!

  31. 31

    Merryl — November 9, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

    They look so good! Where did you get the cupcake liners? I bought some at Surfas but they don’t carry them any more. I love that you don’t have any pan to clean up. It makes baking cupcakes so easy.

    • Jessica replied: — November 13th, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

      I found them at TJ Maxx! They had tons of colors!!! :)

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    Stefani — November 17, 2012 @ 11:10 am

    Wonderful recipe – thanks!! It’s so sad that Hostess has shut down. :(

  35. 35

    Sunshine Sally via Facebook — November 17, 2012 @ 11:34 am

    I have made these twice already and they are a hit at the office! Whew, saved by The Novice Chef!

  36. 36

    Kim McCallie via Facebook — November 17, 2012 @ 11:36 am

    I thought of your cupcakes when I heard the news.

  37. 37

    Rita Tudisco Guill via Facebook — November 17, 2012 @ 11:57 am

    Now you need to show us a twinkie recipe!

  38. 38

    Melissa Borsey via Facebook — November 17, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

    And devil dogs please!

  39. 39

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    Sabrina Parnell via Facebook — November 18, 2012 @ 11:57 am

    Oh Yes, Twinkies. I grew up on them !

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    Amy — November 25, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    I wonder if this would work as a cake pop in the babycakes machine? I may have to experiment with this one – my husband would love me forever if I could make him mini hostess cupcakes whenever he wanted. :)

  43. 43

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  44. 44

    Kara D — November 28, 2012 @ 9:08 am

    Great recipe, and super quick!

  45. 45

    Pascale — December 10, 2012 @ 7:32 am

    If you come up with a recipe for twinkies you would make national news!!!! I’m going to try these just because they look so tasty and I used to eat them when I was a kid…..and I took a big bite of everything at once also.

  46. 46

    Karen in New Mexico — December 25, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

    I made these and they were great! But the cupcake recipe didn’t say when to add the 1 C sugar to the cake part of the recipe. I added it w/ the egg and oil part of the cake instructions.
    Also, I couldn’t find marshmallow creme at the store, so I made a package of Jello Pudding – White Chocolate flavor – delish!
    I found it hard to pipe it into the center of the cupcake and know how much was going in – I didn’t get as much filling in as I would have liked.
    For the white icing for the curlicue design, I halved that and that was plenty.
    These tasted wonderful – just like the originals, only better because it’s homemade.

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  48. 48

    Brittany — January 5, 2013 @ 12:25 pm

    When do you add the milk and sugar to the cupcakes?

    • Jessica replied: — January 8th, 2013 @ 1:06 pm

      Oops! The milk was there (you add it alternating with the flour mixture), however I did somehow leave out the sugar! The recipe is corrected now. Happy baking! :)

  49. 49

    lemonkerdz — March 5, 2013 @ 10:20 pm

    great recipe and love the idea of chocolate cup cakes. looking forward to trying out the recipe.

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