The Best Homemade Hostess Cupcakes for Your Valentine

The Best Homemade Hostess Cupcakes for Your Valentine

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Homemade Hostess Cupcakes are not only a little better for you, but kind of fun to make. They are incredibly easy to customize them for your Valentine and so tasty that your eyes literally roll back into your head when they cross your lips.

homemade hostess cupcakes article cover image of finished cupcakes

The subtle hint of coffee balances wonderfully with the buttermilk and makes for a truly decadent and rich texture to treat yourself.

Homemade Hostess Cupcakes

I figured it was time to make a version of these myself when the Hostess Brand was going bankrupt. Soon we would learn that there were to be no more Twinkies or Hostess Pies – it was an end of an era.

Now we know that the company was bought and brought back to the grocery stores – however, I still like this version we came up with better than what is currently for sale.

I think you will too!

You will need:

  • 2 C sugar
  • 1 ¾ C flour
  • ¾ C cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 C buttermilk
  • 1 C fresh brewed coffee
  • ½ C canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • cupcake liners
  • Muffin tin


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners. Using a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Beat in buttermilk, coffee, oil, eggs, and vanilla until combined – but don’t over beat.

You will incorporate too much air into them and have hollow tunnels in your final baked product. Scoop batter into cupcake liners and bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Allow the homemade hostess cupcakes to cool completely. Then cut a little cone out of the center of each chocolate cupcake.

For the Whipped cream filling you will need:


  • 2 TBSP cold water
  • 1 ¼ tsp unflavored gelatin
  • 1 ½ C chilled heavy whipping cream
  • ¾ C powdered sugar
  • 2 disposable piping bags, one fitted with a number 2 tip


Using a small bowl, add the cold water. Sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water and allow to set for 10 minutes.

Using a small pot, add about ½ C water and place over medium to high heat. Place the gelatin bowl over the pot. Once stir until the gelatin is melted.

Using a standing mixer, beat the heavy whipping cream and powdered
sugar until soft peaks form. Beat in the gelatin mixture until stiff peaks have formed. Scoop some of the whipped cream batter into the piping bags. Poke into and pipe cream into the centers of the cupcakes.

For the Chocolate Ganache You Will Need:

  • 1 C semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ C heavy whipping cream
  • 1 Disposable piping bag


Using a small pot, heat up the heavy whipping cream over medium to high heat until slightly simmering. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl. Allow to sit for 1 minute before whisking until smooth.

Homemade Hostess Cupcakes Decorating

Dip the cupcakes into the chocolate ganache. Allow to harden for a few minutes

Using the filling with the tip, pipe out the words “Love” in cursive
onto the top of the cupcakes as well as the traditional squiggle.

homemade Hostesss cupcakes for valentine's day

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