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    Homemade Hostess Cupcake Cake Balls

    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!

    Cream Filling

    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!!


    Happy baking

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    Reader Comments (65)

    Melissa, you are simply amazing. Twinkies in the future? :)

    March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachey Rach

    I could totally make a Twinkie.... I think :/

    March 11, 2011 | Registered CommenterSugarDerby

    BEST idea EVER. I love hostess cupcakes.

    March 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie


    March 12, 2011 | Registered CommenterSugarDerby

    OK, so I make this in the cake size version, but I have to try this! The cream I use is a little different and fantastic, but yours looks so good I think I will try it too!

    March 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStar

    Thanks!!! What's your cream recipe? I'm interested!!!

    March 12, 2011 | Registered CommenterSugarDerby

    It’s definitely not the healthiest concoction, but it’s good!
    To make the filling, whisk together a ¼ cup of flour and 1 cup of milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened. Set aside to cool completely.
    Once the flour and milk mixture has cooled, beat 1/2 cup shortening, ½ of butter, 1 cup of sugar and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract on high speed until light and fluffy. Add the milk mixture and continue to beat for 4 more minutes.

    I also use this for the hostess design on the top of my cakes. Enjoy!

    March 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStar

    Yummo!!! I'm gonna try it ;)

    March 12, 2011 | Registered CommenterSugarDerby

    Cool. Let me know what you think!

    March 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStar

    You're such an inspiration. Keep up the creative work, I love it all!

    March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJ


    March 16, 2011 | Registered CommenterSugarDerby

    Absolutely loving your blog! Where we live, a tea shop started the craze with 'cake balls' but here we call them cake bonbons.

    In that spirit, you have made the cutest cake bonbons evah! I LOVE your rainbow ones too!!!

    March 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNadia

    I'm so glad I found your blog through Gourmet Mom OTG. I'm your newest follower! You sure do find some great stuff at estate sales around Dallas. I'm from Dallas too and now live in Keller. You have some amazing sweets and I can't wait to see what else you can miniaturize. I also love everything bite size.

    Love bite size!!!! Glad you like the site :)

    March 18, 2011 | Registered CommenterSugarDerby

    What a great idea! These are so cute!

    March 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

    Oh my childhood memories came flooding back... I love those yummies--- and now cake balls?! WOAH!!! :D

    Oh My Heck! These are the freakin' cutest things I have ever seen!! I am like sitting here with my mouth open thinking about how I just want to eat one right now!! Awesome idea...big time LOVE it!


    March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

    Thanks!!!!! I am in love with them :))))

    March 21, 2011 | Registered CommenterSugarDerby

    So freakin' cute! I'm so gonna make them (one day).

    March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeanee

    Holy schnikes those look amazing! hostess cupcakes have always been my fave too!

    March 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterblogbytina

    Those are seriously cute.

    March 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy @ A Little Nosh

    I'm featuring your recipe today in my weekly showcase. Thanks so much for sharing it!

    March 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

    Oh yeah!!!! Send me the link!

    March 23, 2011 | Registered CommenterSugarDerby

    OMG, these look amazing! I've got a graduation party coming up this spring and these may be what I bring along. Can't wait to try them, yum!

    March 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

    Um, awesome!! Totally putting this in my recipe box. THANKS for sharing.

    March 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLarissa

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