Copycat Hostess Cupcakes Recipe

Everybody loves cupcakes. Kids can be picky eaters, but you can be absolutely sure they will never turn down a cupcake. You can almost see them drooling in anticipation when they see a delicious cupcake covered in rich, creamy frosting. Of course, kids aren't the only ones who love cupcakes. Adults adore cupcakes quite possibly just as much.

Cupcakes are always a huge hit at a party and can be created and decorated to reflect a fun theme. They are the trendy star of the dessert table at many wedding receptions and can be found in shades of pink or blue at a baby shower. They're the perfect size for sharing — much easier than a slice of cake, for example — and you don't need a fork to consume them. That's definitely a big bonus. Just peel off the cupcake wrapper and enjoy the deliciousness. 

According to the Sunflour Baking Company, cupcakes didn't surface on the dessert scene until 1828 when a woman named Eliza Leslie included a recipe for cupcakes in her cookbook "Seventy-Five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats." True to the times, the measurements included such descriptions as teacupful. 

Fast-forward to the latest trend for cupcakes, which is to pair interesting flavors together. For example, one particular cupcake that sounds really unique and tastes like heaven is the maple bacon and butter cupcake, made with cream cheese frosting covered in real bacon bits. The possibilities are truly unlimited when it comes to these divine snacks!

Chocolaty copycat Hostess cupcakes

Hostess baked goods have played a role in virtually everyone's childhood, from the nostalgic Twinkies and Zingers to Ho-Hos and Ding Dongs. But, it's no secret that many store-bought treats can be chock-full of artificial ingredients. That's why this recipe for homemade copycat Hostess chocolate cupcakes is so awesome. Not only does the recipe yield the most amazing cream-filled chocolate cupcakes, but you know exactly what's going into them and your very happy tummy. 

The chocolate cupcakes require traditional ingredients such as white and brown sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, an egg, milk, oil, and hot water. The creamy white filling only needs heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Don't forget the chocolate frosting that needs more heavy whipping cream and chocolate chips or chunks. 

The best part of these cupcakes is the hidden filling that you'll insert using a piping bag. Each of these copycat Hostess cupcakes even has the cute curly Qs across the top like the real deal. That's nostalgia at its best. You will fall in love with these cupcakes, and so will everyone in your home!

Berrylicious margarita cupcakes

These may not come in a salt-rimmed margarita glass, but they taste so amazing that you really won't care after enjoying the first one. With every single bite, you'll want to close your eyes and imagine you're sitting on a white sand beach, ocean waves rolling along nearby, the sun warming your skin as the taste of berries and margaritas wash over you. 

These berry margarita cupcakes are perfect to serve at a summertime picnic or a night spent in with friends. No matter the occasion, the flavors of berries, lime, and tequila dance together in this incredible dessert. The mingling of these flavors will make you smile and want to eat more than one.

All you'll need to create this incredible recipe are a few basics like flour, salt, baking soda, butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and milk. You'll need the juice from four large limes — not the bottled kind — and frozen mixed berries to toss into the batter. The frosting calls for tequila and powdered sugar. You'll use one lime, thinly sliced, for garnish. These delightful sweets are so fresh and festive-looking, they look almost too good to eat!

Chocolate peanut butter cupcakes

The most incredible combination of peanut butter and chocolate emerges in these chocolate peanut butter cupcakes that are so perfect to serve at any special occasion. With half a peanut butter cup garnished on top of decadent peanut butter frosting, along with a sprinkling of Reese's Pieces and a drizzle of peanut butter, these rich chocolaty cupcakes really hit the spot. This classic flavor combo screams salty and sweet, something you just can't pass up. 

To bring these cupcakes to life, you'll need white sugar, brown sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, an egg, milk, and oil. The peanut butter frosting needs butter, powdered sugar, milk, and creamy peanut butter. Both the chocolate peanut butter cupcake batter and the frosting are super easy to prepare, but the decorating is where the real fun comes in. Top off the cupcakes with delectable peanut butter frosting, drizzle melted peanut butter atop the frosting, then plop the wedge of a Reese's peanut butter cup on top, and surround it with crushed, halved Reese's Pieces. This is such an amazing cupcake recipe you'll find yourself making again and again.

Sweet gingerbread latte cupcakes

When winter rolls around and the traditional aromas and flavors of the season are upon us, there's nothing better than enjoying a gingerbread latte laden with gingerbread syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, molasses, and nutmeg — especially one from Starbucks. Now, imagine those fantastic flavors baked into a moist cupcake. Fair warning, though: You won't be able to stop with eating just one.

This gingerbread latte cupcake recipe calls for traditional cupcake ingredients such as flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. You'll also need ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and ground cloves for that incredible gingerbread taste. Add in some molasses and brown sugar, along with espresso powder for that hint of latte, and you have the perfect combination of ingredients for heavenly gingerbread latte cupcakes. 

The frosting for these gingerbread latte cupcakes is downright divine. It's a combination of cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and pure vanilla. Basically, it's holiday heaven in a bowl! These would be perfect to serve at any holiday gathering or party, or to indulge in on a weekend where you're simply chilling at home by the fireplace.

Cadbury Creme Eggs cupcakes

Spring has sprung, and it's time to utilize those delicious Cadbury Creme Eggs in a new way. These chocolate-coated eggs are stuffed with a creamy white fondant filling that is so sweet, you're instantly hooked. Instead of biting straight into one, you'll bury a whole egg in the Cadbury Creme Eggs cupcake batter made with white sugar, brown sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, an egg, milk, and oil. Don't push the egg down, but rather let it hang suspended in the batter and spoon a little bit of batter over the top of the egg, just barely covering it. 

The delicious frosting for these cupcakes is made with butter, powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract, and tastes incredible when you crack open the chocolate candy egg and place both halves on top of the piped frosting. Feel free to dye the frosting yellow or gold for a real festive springtime color. This particular cupcake just oozes sugary sweet goodness and will quickly become a favorite in your house.

Delicious double chocolate cupcakes

Mmmm ... chocolate. Chocolate frosting atop chocolate cupcakes just so happens to be the perfect combination when you're a chocolate lover and have a huge craving for some chocolate. Sometimes, a chocolate candy bar or a glass of chocolate milk just won't cut it. You need — no, you must have — a chocolate baked goodie. 

These classic cupcakes, described best as rich and indulgent, will most definitely satisfy your sweet tooth. All you'll need to whip up a batch of these amazing cupcakes is white sugar, brown sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, an egg, oil, milk, and hot water. The creamy and fluffy chocolate frosting only needs butter, powdered sugar, milk, and cocoa powder. 

To give these cupcakes a hint of color, toss some colored sprinkles on top, and prepare to devour them. They're also the perfect treats to prepare for birthdays, when guests are coming over, or simply just because.