This is not a lie... this is the truth...
There are times when I will have lots of yummy, homemade baked goods in my house and I will drive to the gas station to get a Hostess Cupcake. They are my favorite.
And they are adorable....
They are served in that really cute little tray. They have a cute swirl. And they have cream filling inside.
Now... you all know I love cake balls. I love them because I can do so much with them. They are like my little canvas... and I am the artist... bahahahha. That was so lame... so. lame.
Anyways... I had an idea.... I should make cake balls that look like little Hostess Cupcakes.... and so I did!
This whole thing is easy just a bit time consuming... several steps... but worth it!
Now you know for the cake balls you will need to bake the cake and let it cool completely. I used Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge but any chocolate cake mix will work.
Then add 1/2 container of cream cheese cake frosting and mix with hands. You can see a step by step cake ball recipe HERE.
I used my trusty cookie scoop to make the balls.
Then just hollowed them out with my finger :).
Once this is done place them in the freezer while you are making the cream filling. Let stay in freezer at least 30 minutes.
Also... Save some of the mix to cover the hole after filling... just enough to make about 2 cake balls... Do not freeze this part. Just set it aside.
The hardest part to this recipe was finding an easy and tasteful cream filling recipe.. but I found one!
You will need:
2 tsp very hot water, not boiling
1/4 tsp salt
1 jar marshmallow creme
1/2 cup shortening
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
Dissolve salt into hot water and set aside to cool. Whip marshmallow creme, shortening, sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Add water once cool and whip well.
I used my hand mixer because it was easier to control the cream... and you need to scrape the sides quite a bit.
It turned out perfect.... Eeeeek!!!
Ok.. now to fill the cake balls. I have a fancy shmancy pastry bag set that comes with a tip for filling BUT I actually liked using a ZipLoc bag with the tip cut off better. You use whatever you like :)
Take the cake balls out of the freezer and fill!
Now smooth out a piece of the cake ball mix and place over the filling. Smooth onto the cake ball.
Makes me giggle because it looks like a toupee :))).
Now put these back in the freezer for about 20 minutes.
Once they are ready... melt your chocolate and dip as normal. Click HERE to see basic cake ball dipping instructions.
Put BACK in freezer or refrigerator for just a few minutes while you are preparing the white chocolate.
You can use either a Candy Decorating Pen....
Or melt some white chocolate chips and place in a ZipLoc bag... snip just a very very tiny bit off the end.
Again.... I like the ZipLoc technique better. It's cheaper too :)
I practiced a bit on wax paper then just went for it. They are not perfect but they are really cute and taste really good....
and then there was a photo shoot!!!!
If you can't tell I was really excited about this post.... I take lots of pictures when I am excited!!!!
Um... the cutest...
And that filling... oooooh.....
Just a few more... I promise...
I will leave you with this....
And you will love me forever!!