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Cupcakes For Valentines Day And Fiesta Friday #106

 

IMG_0551Chocolate cupcakes with a cream cheese buttercream filling and covered with ganache, I saw these in an email or instagram or something from Williams Sonoma only they used a strawberry cream cheese filling which sounds delicious,  but I opted for a vanilla cream cheese filling instead. The cupcakes are adorable and mimic the famous Hostess Cupcake with the white squiggle on top of the icing, Instead of the squiggle you write a valentine message or pipe some hearts. I thought they were too cute (and delicious) not to make. My writing/piping skills are not that great and I think I should have followed a recipe for the icing used to write because it ran a bit, no it’s not your eyes that are blurry it’s the runny icing. Despite the less than perfect appearance they are quite delicious. Because I was having a hard time with the writing I decided to do half of the cupcakes with the vanilla cream cheese icing.

For our very special Valentines Day party I thought a nice dose of chocolate would be in order, so for Fiesta Friday #106 I am bringing these cupcakes.  This week the co hosts are  Steffi @ Ginger & Bread and Andrea @ Cooking With a Wallflower 

Happy Valentines Day Everyone!!

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Hershey’s Chocolate Cupcakes

Makes 24 cupcakes or two 9 inch round layers

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cups cocoa (I use hershey’s) the recipe doesn’t specify whether or not to use dutch or natural cocoa since its a hersheys recipe I use what they say to use.
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup vegetable oil (If you want to substitute melted butter for the oil its fine)
1 cup whole milk at room temperature
2 large eggs at room temperature and lightly beaten
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
2 teaspoons instant espresso coffee (Optional but recommended)
soft butter and flour to prep baking pans or you can use cooking spray
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two 9″ round baking pans, butter the bottom add a parchment round then butter bottom and sides and flour the pan or you can use cocoa powder instead of flour. If you are making cupcakes place liners in two 12 cup muffin tins. In large mixing bowl add your dry ingredients, flour, cocoa, sugar, salt, baking soda and baking powder and whisk to combine. Now add the wet ingredients milk, oil,eggs and vanilla do not add the boiling water yet. With hand held mixer beat for 2 minutes. Now add the boiling water with optional espresso powder, beat just until combined. Pour into your prepared pans (the batter is quite thin) and bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cream cheese buttercream filling

4 oz unsalted butter softened at room temperature

4 oz cream cheese at room temperature

1 3/4-2 cups powdered sugar

1 tbs milk (plus more if needed)

Beat butter and cream cheese until fluffy and soft. Add powdered sugar and 1 tbs milk. The frosting should be soft and fluffy.

Ganache

4 oz milk chocolate

4 oz dark chocolate

1 cup heavy cream

Heat the cream to scalding, chop the chocolate and place in mixing bowl, pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir until smooth. Let the ganache come to room temperature stirring frequently.

To make the filled cupcakes, refrigerate the cupcakes so they are cold, with a paring knive cut a small hole in the center of the cupcake (you can eat that little tidbit) pipe the filling into the center, smooth the top and refrigerate for several hours. Pour the room temperature ganache on top and refrigerate again. If you want to try your hand at piping the squiggle either get the pre packaged stuff or make your own with confectioners sugar and water. I don’t really have a recipe for that but it should be easy enough to locate. Won’t give you mine since it ran.

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I am receiving a very special Valentines gift today which I am so excited about. I’ll let everyone know about it later. Have a great day and lots of Love!

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  1. Oh yum-they look like the infamous “Hostess” cupcakes. Have a special Valentine’s Day!!!

    February 13, 2016
  2. HAPPY ❤ VALENTINE’S ❤ DAY

    February 13, 2016
  3. So beautiful Suzanne, we were on the same wavelength when we thought of chocolate cupcakes this week :). Love your cream cheese topping and piping, just splendid! Can’t wait to hear about your special V-day gift….the suspense is killing me :). Enjoy!

    February 13, 2016
    • Thank you so much Loretta, I am the worst when it comes to piping, an unsteady hand and a weak hand because of carpal tunnel and a broken finger. I try though.LOL!!

      February 13, 2016
  4. Oh my these are decadent Suzanne! Totally love the filling and I would prefer the vanilla instead of strawberry… That hot water trick in cup cake recipe, always produces softest cupcakes!
    Happy Valentine’s Day lady! ❤️

    February 13, 2016
    • Thank you so much Sonal, I love hershey’s chocolate cake recipe and yes that hot water trick works every time. You get a super moist cake. I agree about the vanilla its better with the cake than strawberry.

      February 13, 2016
  5. Maria DeBrango Stickel #

    They look fabulous. Can’t wait for pics of your surprise. Thanks so much for supporting Maddie with her big move. Can’t wait to visit. Love you!💛

    Sent from my iPhone

    February 13, 2016
    • So glad Maddie is moving to NYC and happy to help. Love you too Maria. Thank you.

      February 13, 2016
  6. These look absolutely delicious, and it sounds like they were made with “love.” Happy Valentine’s Day!

    February 13, 2016
  7. In my undergrad years before I started to cook I would buy a package of Hostess cupcakes (they came two to a package) and treat myself. I have not had them since and I so look forward to making your recipe and reliving some good memories of how often I enjoyed them while probably studying for an exam 🙂

    February 13, 2016
    • I used to love the hostess cupcakes the chocolate were my favorite. It was fun to make these and althoug the filling is not that fluffy stuff it’s still good. Thanks Judi.

      February 13, 2016
  8. Happy Valentine’s day, friends ! Vraiment très joli, et appétissant, avec les symboles 🙂

    February 13, 2016
    • Happy Valentines Day, et merci du compliment, hope you have a lovely day!!

      February 13, 2016
  9. Gorgeous cupcakes and I can’t wait to hear about your gift! I love presents!!!! (and exclamation marks) 🙂

    February 13, 2016
  10. Suzanne, what a perfect Valentine. When I was young I loved those Hostess cupcakes. I know yours are a million times better! While I love strawberry mixed with other flavors, I agree that vanilla is perfect for these. Well done! Mega hugs my friend.

    February 13, 2016
    • And definitely fess up about your gift. 😀 You know we’re all totally curious now. More hugs.

      February 13, 2016
      • Thank you Teagan, I loved making the cupcakes. I have to practice the piping bit. Posting the surprise tomorrow.

        February 13, 2016
  11. They look great, Suzanne! Happy Valentine’s Day to you too! Can’t wait to see your secret gift! 😍

    February 13, 2016
  12. How beautiful, Suzanne! You are such a great cook AND baker. Happy Heart Day, almost! xo

    February 13, 2016
  13. SO cute, Suzanne!! Happy FF & Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤

    February 13, 2016
  14. Oh yum Suzanne. I am so excited about this post. I have been looking for the perfect chocolate cup cake, and this seems to be it !!! Yay ! I can’t wait to bake these 🙂

    February 13, 2016
    • It’s a really old recipe from Hershey’s and IMHO it makes the best chocolate cake. Thank you so much Lynne.

      February 13, 2016
  15. Oooh I love how the cupcakes look, runny words and all! I have not had a Hostess cupcake in eons. These are probably remarkably better, Suzanne. And you sure are a tease with your surprise! Happy Valentine’s Day! XOXO

    February 13, 2016
    • Ha, yep runny words. I blew it with the writing and when I tried to removed it it messed with the ganache so it’s permanent, LOL. It’s ok they taste really good though. Happy Valentines Day!!

      February 13, 2016
  16. Reblogged this on ravenhawks' magazine and commented:
    Cupcakes look to good to eat.But because chocolate is involved Yummmy!Happy Valentine’s

    February 13, 2016
  17. These do like exactly like the famous Hostess Cupcake, Suzanne! Very adorable ! Wow waiting to hear about the special Valentine’s gift 😀

    February 13, 2016
  18. These look so delicious, Suzanne! I love that they are filled with cream cheese icing. I can imagine how they must melt in your mouth. Ganache and filling and a chocolate cupcake – what more could you want?! 🙂 Happy Valentine’s Day!

    February 13, 2016
    • Thanks so much Shari. I love chcolate cupcakes and the cream cheese buttercream goes so nicely with the rich chocolate. Happy Valentines Day!!

      February 13, 2016
  19. These chocolate cupcakes look so pretty Suzanne! And the cream cheese filling looks scrumptious… yum! Happy Valentine´s Day!

    February 13, 2016
  20. Wow! These look incredible. Happy Valentines Day.

    February 13, 2016
  21. These cupcakes look so delicious! What a fun idea! I was a big fan of those Hostess cupcakes when I was a kid–still am, but I try to stay away from them, they’re so tempting with that creamy filling. And these cupcakes you made look even better–yum, yum! 🙂

    February 13, 2016
    • Thank you so much Nancy, oh me too lived hostess cupcakes the chocolate and even the orange ones. Thank you and Happy Valentines Day❤️❤️

      February 13, 2016
  22. CC #

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Suzanne! Lovely cupcakes! I never use the H products; I am spoiled when it comes to cocoa and chocolate (the European influence) and have to use some deep, dark cocoa instead! 😉 Speaking of chocolate, I just thought of you! You’ll know why: http://www.nancybirtwhistle.co.uk/recipes/jaffa-cakes

    February 14, 2016
    • Thank you yum sure do know why you sent that link, my favorite combination of flavors. Thanks so much Christina.

      February 14, 2016
  23. They look lovely! Happy Valentines Day xx

    February 14, 2016
  24. Yum yum, they look fantastic Suzanne.
    Happy Valentine’s Day
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

    February 14, 2016
  25. When I was a child I wouldn’t ever have turned down a hostess cupcake but I knew they were dry and tasteless. These are brilliant and I’m sure they’re absolutely delish! What a fun post, and it makes me feel a little nostalgia!

    February 14, 2016
    • Ha, yes I know they were not moist or delicious but something about that chocolate with the creamy center got me every time. LOL. thank so much.

      February 14, 2016
      • Lol, I know right!! I loved to pull off the chocolate and eat it, then eat the creamy center out of the middle, then the cupcake!!

        February 14, 2016
      • Like oreo’s must be separated!!!

        February 14, 2016
      • Exactly!! Happy Valentine’s Day, Suzanne! 💕

        February 14, 2016
  26. Gorgeous cupcakes Suzanne. .. Happy valentine’s day….can’t wait to see your secret gift….

    February 14, 2016
  27. Trust me, the writing’s fine. It only looks blurry because my eyes are welling over … why have I not got a few of them here right now? I could cry.
    Absolutely lovely, Suzanne, I can’t wait to give these a try!
    Happy Valentine’s Day, Fiesta Friday 106 and Happy Cupcake Day! It must be!
    Ginger x

    February 14, 2016
    • Thank you so much LOL, well they are blurry though. I am not adept at piping anything. They taste great though and thats what counts. Wish I could give you one or two!!

      February 14, 2016
      • So do I! I lose my patience too quickly when it comes to piping, so it’s always too runny or too dry. As long as there’s one OK one for the picture 😉

        February 14, 2016
      • That was the best I could do the others were disastrous lol❤️

        February 14, 2016
      • There’s always the option of zooming in on a random object and blurring everything else LOL I chuckle everytime when I see a picture like that, wondering what they’re trying to hide! But then, it might be only me who can’t pull it off… 😉

        February 14, 2016
      • Lol I can’t figure out how that’s done. I’ve done it by accident before couldn’t replicate if I tried. That’s it it’s blurred on purpose and it’s the photographic technique!!❤️❤️

        February 14, 2016
  28. I am laughing a bit about the writing! I say just eat all the mistakes. Quickly. Before anyone sees, hahah! 🙂

    February 14, 2016
    • Lol I know the sad thing is that what is see is the best of what I’d did pretty sad😞exactly eat it quickly and no one will knowLOL

      February 14, 2016
  29. Such so beautiful! 🙂

    February 14, 2016
  30. You’re bringing me back to my childhood with these. Yummy! Happy Valentine’s Day Suzanne!

    February 14, 2016
    • Happy Valentines Day, a little late sorry. Thank you so much Antonia.

      February 15, 2016
  31. Happy Valentines Day, Sweet Suzanne! ❤ These cupcakes are absolutely delectable and I pinned your recipe for future delight! 🙂

    February 14, 2016
  32. These are gorgeous and yumm the filling! I love this Suzanne and would love one right now!

    February 14, 2016
    • Thanks Lynn, wish I could give you one.

      February 15, 2016
      • They do look like hostess cupcakes yumm

        February 15, 2016
      • I love hostess cupcakes when they are fresh, these were good but I still need to work on piping, one day I will get it down.

        February 15, 2016
  33. These look delicious, Suzanne. I’ve been good about not eating sweets all day…and now I see this. OH BOY. 😉

    February 14, 2016
    • Sorry Patty, at least all you can do is look at these, turn off the computer and don’t look. I wish I had the willpower to stay away from sweets.

      February 15, 2016
      • I have no willpower. I just made cheesecake brownies! 😂

        February 15, 2016
      • Oh I love cheesecake brownies, can you post the recipe. I have zero willpower when it comes to those.

        February 15, 2016
  34. They are perfect for Valentines Day. I hope you enjoyed your day! 🙂

    February 14, 2016
  35. These cupcakes are so pretty and perfect for Valentine’s Day! Thanks for bringing them to FF!

    February 16, 2016
  36. These are beautiful, Suzanne, and decorated perfectly. The cream cheese buttercream sounds and looks delicious.

    February 16, 2016
    • Thank you Millie. They were delicious and a nice Valentines Day treat.

      February 17, 2016
  37. Cupcake looks yum..perfect for valentine’s day

    February 17, 2016
  38. Wishing I could reach in and grab one of those off of the plate Suzanne! Besides looking delicious, it’s fun to have that nostalgic look. You are amazing. I think my favorite picture was the one with the bite out of it to show off the filling inside! oh gosh! Hope your valentines day was as sweet as those cupcakes… hugs friend.

    February 19, 2016
  39. Cupcake looks gorgeous

    February 22, 2016
  40. Oh my goodness, these cupcakes are gorgeous!!

    February 23, 2016
  41. It’s long past Valentine’s Day but I could sure go for one of these right now…. 🙂

    March 20, 2016

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