Hostess® Cupcakes

Hostess® Cupcakes

Yield: Makes 24 cupcakes

Ingredients

    Cupcake:
  • ½ cup plus 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 2½ Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • ¾ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1½ tsp. distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
    Filling:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 6 oz. finely chopped white chocolate
    Glaze:
  • 3 oz. finely chopped bittersweet chocolate
  • 3 Tbsp. boiling water
    Icing:
  • 1 Tbsp. egg white, at room temperature
  • 1 pinch cream of tartar
  • ½ cup plus 2-3 Tbsp. confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

1. Cupcake: Position rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly butter 24 muffin cups.

2. Into a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Mix in the sugar. Make a well in the center. Whisk in the water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Blend until smooth. (The batter will be very thin.)

3. Spoon the batter into the prepared cups. Bake until a cake tester inserted into the center of one of the cupcakes comes out clean, about 12 to 14 minutes. Cool the cupcakes in the pans on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the pans and finish cooling on the rack.

4. Filling: In a heavy medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the cream to a boil. Add the white chocolate and remove from the heat. Let the mixture stand briefly; stir until smooth. Transfer to a metal bowl and refrigerate until chilled thoroughly, stirring occasionally. With an electric mixer, beat the white chocolate mixture just until fluffy, about 1 minute.

5. Transfer the filling to a pastry bag fitted with a 3/8-inch plain tip. Insert the pastry tip ¼-inch into the bottom of each cupcake and squeeze a little filling into each cupcake.

6. Glaze: Place the chocolate in a small bowl. Whisk in the boiling water and blend until smooth. Once at a time, dip the top of each cupcake into the warm glaze. Turn the glazed cupcakes right side up and set them on a wire rack on top of a baking sheet. Refrigerate the cupcakes for 5 minutes to set the glaze.

7. Icing: In a medium bowl, whisk the egg white until frothy. Stir in the cream of tartar. Gradually mix in enough of the confectioner’s sugar to make a fairly stiff and smooth icing. Fill a small paper cone with the icing and cut a 1/16-inch opening at the tip. Remove the cupcakes from the refrigerator. Pipe a design (a squiggle or a spiral) on the top of each cupcake. Let the design harden and then cover and refrigerate the cupcakes.

8. Serve at room temperature.

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