Sour Cream

Homemade Hostess Cupcakes

December 13, 2011
4.5 Stars
Author Notes

This recipe is for Jenny, who is testing out recipes for her daughter's upcoming bat mitzvah. Let's get something straight right away: this isn't a cupcake designed for the adult tastebud. This cupcake is for kids. It tastes like a hostess cupcake, but better. This was one of my favorite recipes, growing up (and since my tastebuds haven't totally matured, I would still totally eat one of these today.) —Blissful Baker

  • Makes 12 cupcakes
  • Cupcake Batter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg (room temperature)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Cupcake Filling
  • 1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup fluff (marshmallow creme)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (sifted)
In This Recipe
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees & place cupcake liners in a 12-cup muffin pan
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour & baking soda together and set aside.
  3. In a glass measuring cup, blend the hot water & unsweetened cocoa powder and set aside.
  4. In large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light & fluffy. Add egg and blend well. Add vanilla & sour cream and blend well. Turn mixer down to low speed & blend in the flour/baking soda mixture. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl & slowly add the hot water cocoa mixture, blending until combined (about 1 more minute)
  5. Pour into cupcake liners and bake for 20 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Allow to cool on cooling rack & prepare your filling: In large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, fluff & powdered sugar.
  7. Cut holes in the top of each cupcake, setting the little “caps” aside. Spoon filling into each hole & replace the caps.
  8. Set cupcakes out and watch the kids devour them. Be sure and set one aside for your own inner child.

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2 Reviews

mrslarkin December 13, 2011
yep, guess I'm pretty immature, too! Definitely would eat these up.
Author Comment
Blissful B. December 13, 2011
Whew! I'm not the only one!