Homemade Hostess Cupcakes

I never want to grow up. (Apparently no one has told Father Time this information)

Thankfully, I can make some of my favorite childhood treats.  Like these!

Last post, we talked about making the soft meringue filling for Hostess cupcakes.  Now, I’ll teach you how to make your own!

Homemade Hostess Cupcakes


  • Your favorite chocolate cupcake recipe, ~20-24 prepared cupcakes total
  • Homemade soft meringue filling (follow the link to get the recipe)
  • 12oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp trans fat free vegetable shortening
  • White drizzle of some sort (either melted white chocolate or white frosting)

Make your favorite chocolate cupcakes.

Create a hole in middle of cupcakes (click here to learn how to fill cupcakes)

Fill middle with homemade soft meringue filling.  Click here for the recipe.  You will have a LOT of filling left.
You could use store bought marshmallow fluff instead…but that’s not as fun!

Melt semi-sweet chocolate chips with vegetable shortening.  Microwave 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating. Heat about 45-60 seconds total, stirring to melt remaining chocolate chips.  Do NOT over heat or the chocolate will seize and clump.

Dip cupcakes into chocolate topping OR spoon some on top of cupcake and work to edges of cupcake.

Decorate with a little melted white chocolate or squiggles of canned frosting.  To do this, I just placed a little slightly melted, canned frosting in a Ziploc baggie, snip the corner, and make little circles across the tops of the cupcakes.

Voila!  You have your own homemade Hostess cupcakes!  And they’re not filled with a bunch of preservatives.  It also awesome to see the reaction you get when people see the cupcakes and say “you MADE those?!?!”

I love that reaction 😉

What was your favorite childhood snack food or dessert?

5 thoughts on “Homemade Hostess Cupcakes

  1. Aaah! These take me back to my school days! I always used to get a sandwich and a Hostess Cupcake from the school canteen at lunchtime… mmm, that soft meringue filling was so, so good. I haven’t eaten one for years. Yours look exactly the same, sans plastic wrapping (and no trans fats, yay!). I’d love to make these!

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