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This recipe for rich, tender Chocolate Cream Filled Cupcakes AKA Copycat Hostess Cupcake Recipe was due for a remake. Filled with marshmallow cream, they’re so much better than those packaged cupcakes!

Nick, our youngest was coming over for his birthday dinner and his celebratory dessert had to be chocolate. I perused the blog and found an ancient chocolate cupcake post without much substance besides a tasty recipe. These were just as marvelous as the first time around though my photography has improved a bit!

Cream Filled Chocolate Cupcakes lined up on a white ceramic tray

Chocolate Cream Filled Cupcakes

I received a Cook’s Country Best Country Recipes issue the week that I first made these Copycat Hostess Cupcakes.  As it was just before Father’s Day, I asked Bill if he wanted one of the featured desserts on his special day.  After baking two different brownies the week before, I was hoping he’d choose their angel food cake or icebox strawberry pie.

Nope, instead, he honed in on the cupcakes that look like Ding dongs, Ho Hos or whatever those packaged snack cakes, with an almost nonexistent expiration date, are called. Since that time, I’ve been thoroughly educated on the names of the Hostess products that still make their way into the hubby’s grocery cart on occasion!

Cream Filled Chocolate Cupcakes on a square white ceramic plate

Copycat Hostess Cupcake Recipe

The father of the house was very pleased with these cream-filled chocolate cupcakes as were his chocolate-loving sons….”quite tasty” was repeated a number of times.  I had a leftover strawberry souffle and Katie enjoyed the one I didn’t glaze she prefers a milder chocolate dessert. 

I think we have a winner as the family agreed that these Copycat Hostess Cupcakes were better than the originals I was trying to imitate. (I was given a lesson on the names of all different supermarket chocolate cake goodies). Feel free to pipe some white icing squiggles across the top of the glaze if you really want these to look like a Hostess product.

How Do You Make Filled Cupcakes?

The process is quite simple. It will work for these cream-filled chocolate cupcakes and any other variety you’d like to try.

Here is the lowdown:

  • First, bake and cool your cupcakes.
  • When they are fully cooled, there are a couple of options. One is to use a small knife and cut a cone shape out of the middle of the cupcake.
  • Another is to use a cupcake corer; I found mine at Target, but they’re also readily available on Amazon.
  • Using the device, you insert, twist and remove the cylinder of cake.
  • If you own an apple corer or melon baller, those will work, too! You might as well get some more use out of your kitchen tools.
  • Then, with a small knife, remove the top of each core. These rounds will be the lids to cover the filling, which you will insert before frosting the cupcakes.
  • Eyeing the amount of filling, you may need to make even larger cones or wells in your cupcakes. I used my coring device, then removed a little more cake with a knife.
  • You can use a small spoon or piping bag to add the filling. A standard teaspoon may be too wide, depending on the size of your opening.
  • Then frost as desired!
Cream Filled Chocolate Cupcakes on a round white plate with one cupcake revealing the cream filling

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This cupcake recipe was originally posted in July, 2011. The text and photos were updated in 2019.

Chocolate Cream Filled Cupcakes

Chocolate Cream Filled Cupcakes

Hostess Cupcake Copycats but a whole lot better!!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 52 minutes
Yield 12 cupcakes


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon instant esspresso
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3/4 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme


  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons butter


Preheat oven to 350º.  Line 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners or grease and flour tin.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and baking soda.  Set aside.

In large mixing bowl, whisk together water, cocoa, chocolate chips and espresso.  When smooth, add sugar, sour cream, oil, eggs and vanilla and whisk till combined.

Add flour mixture and whisk till combined.

Divide batter among muffin cups.  Bake for 18-22 minutes, till toothpick inserted in cupcake comes out with just a few dry crumbs.  Cool 10 minutes in tin, then remove to rack to cool completely.

To make filling, combine water and gelatin and let sit about 5 minutes.  Microwave about 30 seconds, till gelatin appears dissolved.  Whisk, then add butter and vanilla.  Let cool about 5 minutes, till just warm to touch.

Whisk in marshmallow creme till mixture is smooth.  Refrigerate till set, 30 minutes or longer.

To assemble cupcakes, use a cupcake corer or paring knife to cut a cone out of the top of each cupcake.  Cut bottom of cone off, leaving just a circle of cake. Save the small rounds of cake.

Using a spoon, fill each cupcake divet with a spoonful or so of marshmallow filling.  Top filling with reserved circles of cake.

Make glaze by microwaving chocolate chips and butter for about 30 seconds.  Stir, and microwave again for 15 seconds if chocolate not completely smooth.  Cool for about 10 minutes, then glaze tops of cupcakes.


Recipe adapted from Cook's Country.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cupcake

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 293 Total Fat: 19g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 44mg Sodium: 93mg Carbohydrates: 30g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 20g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g
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43 comments on “Cream Filled Chocolate Cupcakes”

  1. These look decadent! Have a good trip!

  2. These really look moist and chocolatey. I had a recipe for hostess cupcakes, but I am not sure what happened to it. Thanks for posting this recipe-I have saved it. Simply delicious.

  3. If they’re better than the brand-name, they’re a keeper! Yours turned out great!

  4. That is a real treat to a choco lover like me:-) And the marshmallow filling is just too hard to resist!!

  5. They look awesome, it would be such a nice surprise to find the cream hidden inside

  6. OMG Lizzy, it look so amazing, I don’t think I want to eat it, just keep as something to admire for the beautiful work you have done.

  7. Yummy…these look so very good! I had a similar cupcake at More in Chicago last week…like an amped up Hostess. I got behind while out on vacation, but am trying to get back up-to-speed with everyone now that I’m back!

  8. My MIL still keeps those cream filled snack cakes in the house for hubby when we visit, so I know he’d enjoy these cupcakes a LOT! Great pics, as usual!!

  9. Wow. You are my mother’s hero. I don’t dare even admit to her I know a recipe now for her beloved Hostess cupcakes. They look amazing and you make it sound so easy. Great pics!

  10. These look fantastic! I would love to dive into one of these… Or two. ; )

  11. Better than any store bought for sure this looks fantastic… you can put hostess out of business

  12. Ah, so many memories of ‘those’ cupcakes. They look delicious!

  13. Lizzy these look amazing!!! My husband would die to have these waiting for him after his long work trip this week. Thanks for sharing…..and the idea 🙂

  14. What a thoughtful way to celebrate. And can’t blame all of your boys for loving these – they look so good!

  15. I’m always enticed by the Hostess Cupcakes because they’re so darn cute (and they have cream filling!), but the taste is always disappointing, like an old sponge. These look like they would taste a billion times better!


  17. Boy, would my grandkids love these! Chocolate and marshmallow creme…Yummy!

  18. oh my goodness, look at these delightful things!

  19. these cupcakes sound and look amazing Lizzy. Love the marshmallow surprise.
    Enjoy your vacation 🙂

  20. These look like my childhood!! I totally remember those Hostess cupcakes, but remember them being super sweet and very artificial. I would love a more grown-up version like the ones you made 🙂

  21. Love love love. I’m loving those cupcakes…the filling possibilities are just endless 🙂

  22. These look oh so yummy!

  23. Wow – those look fabulous! I always like the idea of those Hostess cupcakes, but these ones look like they would actually live up to my expectations!

  24. WOW Lizzy look amazing! I have to do this soon!!!! huggs, gloria

  25. Wow,and wow! Lizzy these yummy homemade Hostess cupcakes, blow away any store bought kind in a “jiffy”…love the chocolate and the creamy goodness in the middle…a must try, for my grandchildren to have a memorable sweet snack!!!

  26. Chocolate really is beautiful isn’t it. Your cupcakes are stunning!

  27. Oh wow…all that chocolatey goodness!! It looks gorgeous!

  28. YUMMY these look amazing! Thank you so much for linking up to Sharing Sundays, theme CUPCAKES!! This is such a fun theme.


  29. I made these yesterday and thought the cake base is very tasty. I’ve never been an ardent fan of the Hostess version, and didn’t end up loving the combination of flavors (I’d rather have a regular frosting, and omit the filling), but if anyone is, I think they’d LOVE these. The creme filling by itself is great, and so was the cake base. Definitely worth baking for anyone who likes the Hostess version, though they may be spoiled for life 🙂

  30. A belated “you’re welcome”. BTW, do try the Cook’s Country Icebox Pie you mentioned…it is delicious! We also love their Cook’s Illustrated Fresh Strawberry Pie, which is quite a different style using whole strawberries with a homemade glaze. I have made them both twice each; the CC pie is my husband’s fav and the CI pie is my fav, but we both love both 🙂

  31. Lovely cupcakes with yummy fillings! xoxo 

  32. What a lovely cupcake, and that surprise marshmallow centre looks wonderful. I’ve never had any of those treats you mentioned, my Mom refused to buy ready-made treats.

  33. Everyone would love these in our home they’re big fans of filled cupcakes and chocolate these look fabulous!

  34. Is it wrong that I want a few of these for breakfast? They look SO GOOD!

  35. These were such a big hit! So easy to make and way better than store-bought!

  36. Liz,
    I haven’t had a good chocolate cupcake in ages! And I can’t even remember when I had a Hostess Cupcake. But wow, does this recipe sound incredible! Chocolate ‘anything’ is my weakness to the point that I sneak chocolates in my mouth when no one is looking! HA! Thanks for sharing!
    Ciao and xo,

  37. Oh, Liz, these look absolutely delicious! I just got everything to make these lovely cupcakes! Thanks for sharing!

  38. My go-to cupcake recipe…always turns out perfect.

  39. This looks SO decadent, Liz! I was just telling my husband that I was craving a chocolate cupcake. I’ve got to try this recipe soon!!

  40. These were really amazing! Such a huge hit with my kids!

  41. These rival an “oreo creme” filled cupcake I love from my local bakery. Cheap and easy to make them at home and so so good!

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