Friday, October 7, 2011

Create ... Homemade Hostess Cupcakes

Okay ... these have been on my "to-do" list for quite some time.  Today was the day and soooo good!!  My husband has always loved Hostess cupcakes, but I have a problem buying food that NEVER goes bad.  These take a little time but worth every minute.  I was so excited to show him and he LOVED them!!  They made him smile ... which I love.  :)

Homemade Hostess Cupcakes

1 chocolate fudge cake mix with pudding
1 cup sour cream, fat-free ok
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup oil
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 recipe of "Perfect Cupcake Frosting and Filling", Our Best Bites recipe, here, which I might add is FANTASTIC!!

Chocolate Ganache: also from Our Best Bites (love this site), here
3/4 cup cream
2 tablespoons real butter, melted
8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
White icing for Squiggles

Mix all cake ingredients. Mix on low 30 seconds, scrap sides, then beat on med-high for 2 min. Fill cupcake papers 2/3 full and bake for 15-18 min. at 350°. Cool completely. Using a piping bag with a medium star tip, insert through top of cupcake and squeeze some filling (frosting) inside. For Ganache - Place chocolate in a bowl. Pour melted butter over it. Place cream in microwave-safe bowl and microwave for about 2 minutes- it needs to be at a simmer. Immediately pour over chocolate and cover with plastic wrap. Let sit for about 3 minutes and then stir until smooth. Let it cool a little then while ganache is still running, dip tops of cupcakes in it and let it harden before piping on squiggles.

Now ... that is heaven!


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