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Homemade Hostess Cupcakes

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Delicious chocolate cupcakes dipped into a warm, creamy frosting – this homemade Hostess cupcakes recipe needs to make an appearance in your home, STAT!

Life is always so much better when there’s chocolate in the house. Some of my other favorite recipes loaded with chocolate are this Chocolate Lava Cake, Homemade Fudge and my famous Homemade Brownies From Scratch recipes.

a white cupcake stand full of Homemade Hostess Cupcakes made using this recipe with chocolate icing and a swirl of the cream filling on top

My sister shared this homemade Hostess cupcakes recipe almost 8 years ago and they are still a family-favorite! I made these for the first time when we had friends over, and even though there were only 6 of us, we somehow managed to put away all 24 cupcakes! In fact, my husband, who isn’t very big on desserts, asks me to make them quite often. (And I can’t say no, right?)

How To Make Homemade Hostess Cupcakes

Make The Cupcakes – Grab your favorite box of chocolate cake mix and bake them according to the directions on the box. I like to use fun cupcake liners when making these copycat Hostess cupcakes because the presentation is half the fun.

chocolate batter in cupcake wrappers in a grey cupcake baking sheet made from this Homemade Hostess Cupcakes recipe

Cool Completely – Let your cupcakes cool in the pan for 10 minutes, and then cool the rest of the way on a cooling rack (another 30 minutes or so.)

fluffy baked chocolate cupcakes sitting on a cooling rack made with this Homemade Hostess Cupcakes recipe

Cream Filing – Using a small bowl, mix together a cup of vanilla frosting with a half a cup of the marshmallow creme. Place the mixture into a plastic bag. Cut the corner off the bag so you can squeeze the filling into the cupcakes.

How To Fill The Cupcakes – To fill these cupcakes, use the end of a wooden spoon or a small knife to make an indentation in center of each cupcake – not all the way to the bottom.

one of the chocolate cupcakes on the cooling rack has the top cut out and is filled white cupcake filling for these Homemade Hostess Cupcakes

Make The Frosting – To make the frosting place the chocolate frosting, chocolate chips and corn syrup into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave everything uncovered for 30 seconds. Give everything a good stir and then microwave again for another 15-30 seconds or until the mixture is smooth.

Dip & Top – Dip each of the cupcakes into the frosting. To add the traditional Hostess loops to the cupcakes, place 3 tablespoons of vanilla frosting into a plastic bag. Cut the edge off and then pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes.

close up picture of a Homemade Hostess Cupcake that has a bite taken out and the cream filling is showing inside the chocolate cupcake

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Homemade Hostess Cupcakes
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Homemade Hostess Cupcakes Recipe

Delicious Chocolate Cupcakes Dipped Into A Warm, Creamy Frosting.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate, copycat
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1 Cupcake
Calories 165 kcal


Ingredients for the Cupcakes -

  • 1 box cake chocolate cake mix + ingredients listed on the cake mix box

Ingredients for the Creamy Filling -

  • 1 cup whipped vanilla frosting
  • 1/2 cup marshmallow creme

Ingredients for the Chocolate Frosting -

  • 1 cup whipped chocolate frosting
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp. corn syrup
  • 3 Tblsp. whipped vanilla frosting for the white loops


  1. Bake cupcakes according to directions on package and let them cool completely.
  2. With end of round handle of wooden spoon or small knife, make an indentation in the center of each cupcake, not quite to the bottom (wiggle end of spoon in cupcake to make opening large enough).
  3. In a small bowl, mix 1 cup of vanilla frosting and the 1/2 cup marshmallow creme. Spoon into small plastic bag. Cut the tip off 1 bottom corner of bag. Insert tip of bag into each cupcake and squeeze bag to fill.
  4. In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate frosting, chocolate chips and corn syrup uncovered on High 30 seconds; stir. Microwave 15 to 30 seconds longer; stir until smooth. Dip top of each cupcake in frosting. Let stand until frosting is set.
  5. Spoon 3 tablespoons vanilla frosting into small plastic bag. Cut tiny tip off the bottom corner and pipe loops on each cupcake.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Hostess Cupcakes Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 165
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Homemade Hostess Cupcakes on a white plate. The chocolate cupcakes are topped with a swirl of white icing.

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