Hostess Inspired Cupcakes

My husband loves chocolate Hostess Cupcakes.  As a kid I was always partial the yellow orange-flavored ones myself, but now I’ve grown to love the chocolate too.  A few weeks ago I found this recipe on The Brown Eyes Have It.  And I just had to try it out!
These were very delicious! And they tasted quite similar to the Hostess ones, maybe even better! You should definitely give them a try!

Recipe for Hostess Cupcakes:

Cupcakes: For the cupcakes I used a Devil’s Food Cake Mix and baked as directed. The only change I made was to add a few spoon fulls of sour cream. This makes the cupcakes come out extra moist! 
1 cup whipped vanilla frosting 
1/2 cup marshmallow creme 
1 cup whipped chocolate frosting 
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 
2 tsp. corn syrup 
3 Tbsp. whipped vanilla frosting (for the loops) 
Directions: Bake cupcakes. Cool completely. (I placed my in the freezer to speed up the process)
Using a cupcake corer or the end of round handle of wooden spoon, make a deep opening in the center of the cupcakes. 
In small bowl, mix 1 cup vanilla frosting and the marshmallow creme. Place in a piping bag (if you don’t have one, use a sandwich bag with a corner clipped off).  Insert tip of bag into each cupcake and squeeze bag to fill.
In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate frosting, chocolate chips and corn syrup uncovered on high for 30 seconds or till melted.  Stop the microwave every 15 to 30 seconds and stir to prevent scorching. Once the chips are melted, stir well. Dip the top of each cupcake in the frosting. Let stand until frosting is set.  
Then take remaining white frosting and pipe the loops on to the cupcake tops.

 I’m linking up at Tidy Mom and these parties.


  1. Those cupcakes look like the real thing! Great job!

  2. Shabby chic Sandy says

    Yum–I should never look at blog posts like this when I have a sweet tooth!

  3. April @ The 21st Century Housewife says

    These look just like Hostess cupcakes, but I bet homemade tastes even better! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.

  4. Lisa@BlessedwithGrace says

    These looks so yummy and a definite childhood favorite. Thanks for sharing and linking to TMTT.

  5. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    Beautiful! (And delicious too, I'm sure.) 🙂 I'd love for you to share these on my linky party, Crazy Sweet Tuesday!

  6. Very clever!

  7. Tina @ MOMS CRAZY COOKING says

    I haven't gotten to make these yet, but it's on my to-do list! 🙂

    Thanks for linky to THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS! (next week's theme is National Men Make Dinner…. let's see if we can get lots of men in the kitchen cooking!)

  8. Laura @ says

    My girls will love these! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Casa De Luna says

    Cute idea. I will be saving your post for future use. Thanks for sharing!

  10. rebekahdawn says

    Super cute – they look just like the Hostess version!

  11. Caitlin@cait. create. says

    Cute! I tried a different recipe once and it was really hard and didn't turn out very good. I can't wait to try your recipe!!

  12. BeanBugCrafts says

    These look so yummy, I can't wait to try. Thanks for sharing.

    I found your post through the Trendy Treehouse Link-Up party. Thanks for Sharing

  13. Hi Jerri,
    Oh my, they do look just exactly like a hostess cupcake. I just have to make these it will be so much fun! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  14. Wow, these bring back memories. You did a great job with these, and I bet they are even tastier than the originals!

  15. Connie @ Measured by the Heart says

    Those look just like hostess. I'm sure they taste divine!! I'd love it if you'd link this recipe to my tuesday linky {totally tutorials tuesday}

  16. YUMMM!

    I tried a from scratch recipe and it was awful :X I'll have to try these – I love using sour cream in cake mixes!

    Stopping by from This Chick Cooks (a little late!)

  17. Jenn "Rook No. 17" says

    Jerri, your Hostess lookalikes are spot-on!

    Thank you for sharing your fabulous recipe on "A Little Birdie Told Me…" Tuesday at Rook No. 17!

    I can't wait to see what you have in store this week!



  18. Hearty Appletite says

    I can't wait to try these! I found you through It's A Keeper 🙂

  19. Yum! I've made these before and they are super delicious. I found your post over at Chef in Training! Thanks for sharing. Come show my blog some love over at

  20. They look EXACTLY like the Hostess ones and I bet they taste even better!

  21. These look delicious! Can’t wait to try this recipe out. 🙂 Megan

  22. OMG! This is fantastic. Thanks sooooo much for the recipe! my Dad Loved these, but hasn’t been able to eay any due to health reasons…Now I can tweek this for a yummy alternative.

  23. Trish - Mom On Timeout says

    So fun! I love that we can all make them at home 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  24. Jackie (mofarmchick) says

    Yummy looking cupcakes. I felt like I was unwrapping the cellophane wrapping from an original when I saw this picture.

  25. Those are gorgeous!

  26. Can I just say – YUM!

  27. Nancy at maddalee says

    Oh my goodness, yummmm!
    Thank you for sharing such fun! Nancy

  28. Dear Jerri, These are one of my favorites…who doesn’t like Hostess? I will pin these! Blessings, Catherine xo

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