This week, I had intended to make homemade Hostess Ding Dongs. I researched them and thought I had found the right recipe (I hadn’t really read all of it, though). When I finally sat down and read closely, two things stopped me from even trying it. First of all, the ingredients called for wax. Part of the reason I am making homemade items is to stop the weird ingredients from entering my kids. Wax, as in candles, is just not on the list of acceptable foods. Secondly, the note at the bottom of the recipe said that I would end up dirtying my entire kitchen and many dishes. That sent any remaining red flags into the air, thus condemning the recipe before I even tried it.
So, plan B. What else does Hostess make that we like? Twinkies, Fruit Pies, Snowballs, Cupcakes. I decided to try the cupcakes. They seemed the easiest.
First, make chocolate cupcakes. You can cheat and use a mix or you can use this whole recipe:
1. Info for Homemade Hostess Cupcakes
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2. Ingredients for Homemade Hostess Cupcakes
- ⅔ cup butter
- 1⅔ cups sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup water
- 1½ tsp vanilla
- ⅔ cup cocoa
- 2 cups flour
- 1¾ tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup sugar
- ⅛ tsp salt
- ⅓ cup water
- 1 Tbsp corn syrup
- 1 egg white
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 2 Tbsp butter
- Cream the butter and sugar.
- Add the eggs, vanilla and water.
- Sift the dry ingredients and add, beating 2 minutes.
- Pour into greased muffin tins (2/3 full) and bake 350 for 20 minutes or until done.
- For the filling, I decided to make a 7 minute frosting because it’s like homemade marshmallow fluff.
- Bring sugar, cream of tartar, salt, corn syrup and water to boil.
- Cook until sugar dissolves.
- Start beating with a hand mixer and add the egg white.
- Beat about 7 minutes (hence the name) or until it looks like marshmallow fluff. Add the vanilla.
- At this point, I filled a cake decorating bag with the cooled frosting and put a simple round tip on the end.
- I poked the side of the cupcake and injected the frosting.
- Upon thinking about it, I would fill from the top in the future, because the chocolate frosting will hide the hole.
- Melt the chocolate chips and butter in a microwave safe bowl, 30 seconds twice.
- Stir until smooth.
- Spread ganache on top of cupcakes.