Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Homemade Hostess Cupcake strikes again!


Last month, I entered my very first bake-off. It was at our church, so the stakes were very, very high. (You know, face-to-face meeting with the Pope, automatic sainthood, that sort of thing...) I decided this called for Homemade Hostess Cupcakes!!!


I've made them before for Valentine's Day and then a gingerbread version at Christmas. If you haven't made them yet, please do. They are time consuming, but so worth it.

They might just transport you cake to the 70's like they did me. :) {Oh, I could play with photo editing all day!}


The bake-off was part of a Celebration of Gratitude at our church; thanking the members of all of the different ministries who volunteer throughout the year. One of the fun aspects of these cupcakes is being able to customize the writing on the tops. (Or, you can go totally retro with the 7-loop squiggle.)



So, on the tops, I wrote gratitude, faith, love and the abbreviation for our church.

The recipe is here. It is long and you will use every bowl in your house...don't say I didn't warn you.


And, when you make the cupcakes, they will sink in the middle. Do not panic. It is OK. Proceed on with the recipe. They'll plump right back up once you pipe in the filling.




I wasn't nervous about the bake-off at all....until I got there and had to put my little cupcakes on the judging table. The cakes and pies and bread puddings, oh my! Butterflies.


As for the results, I'm not tellin'.


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62 comments:

  1. Yay you won!!! :-) Congrats- these look like a first prize kinda cupcake, for sure!!

    -Amy
    www.singforyoursupperblog.com

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  2. Did you really win? How could you not? They are adorable and I'm a big fat chicken cause I'm afraid to make them. I'll just drool over the pretty pictures again.

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  3. Wow they look better than the real thing! I bet they taste even better! It looks like a congrats are in order!

    Maybe soon I will give these a go and let you know!

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  4. CONGRATULATIONS!! Very exciting!

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  5. Congrats on the win! You deserve it. These cupcakes look great (as always!)

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  6. I still have yet to have one of these!!! Next time you make them please save me one!!!!

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  7. Congratulations! You deserve it!

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  8. yeeeeeeeeeeeey! congratulations... :D

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  9. HOORAY!

    Those look so great! Good job!

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  10. Aww, congratulations! They are perfect - how could you not win? ;-)

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  11. YAY! Congratulations! I love these! I'm not at all surprised you won.

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  12. One of my very favorite go to desserts! I make these way to often thanks to you.
    mmmm ganache....marshmellow cream....whip cream...Im salivating.

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  13. Blue is such a good colour for you! Congratulations Bridget. BTW, why did you wait so long to post this and what happened to all the yummies entered into the contest...do tell :)

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  14. Holy cow those LOOK soooo yummy!!!

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  15. yay!!!
    these are so perfect ~ how could you NOT win?!

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  16. Bridget! How exciting! Congratulations on your blue ribbon, much-deserved! :)

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  17. Woohoo!! Congrats on your win, Bridget!! I'll have to give this recipe a try...

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  18. Yeah Bridget! I love these cupcakes..simply adorable!!

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  19. YEAH YOU!!! OF COURSE you won! You are my baking hero and all!! Do you ever enter your local fair?? It would be totally unfair of course because you are so talented,but you could another blue ribbon to your apron! ;)

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  20. Those look so yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  21. They are just so cute, no matter HOW you make them!

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  22. YUM! I have been wanting to make these cupcakes for awhile now, I've seen them posted on several other blogs as well! Such a fun idea and definitely takes me back to my childhood!

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  23. Congratulations!! How could you NOT win with such adorable confections! :)

    Seriously - you just HAVE to let me know when one of your taste-tester positions becomes available... I have three beautiful children who are professional bowl lickers!

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  24. you are too modest! :)

    congrats on your win....and it was for a good cause, i'm sure!

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  25. Congratulations!
    I've never commented before, but I've been lurking for a long time. I tried your hostess cupcake recipe for valentine's day this year and my husband LOVED them! Thanks for the recipe, and I'm glad you won!
    -Megan

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  26. Congrats!! Those are so pretty!

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  27. Oh my....i think that i have fallen in love with a cupcake!! That's possible, right?!?!

    So glad i found your blog through Hoosier Homemade! Your photos are amazing and i'm off to read more!

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  28. I just KNEW it!!! I KNEW you won!! how could you NOT?!......I just checked my box from last week.....ummmmmmm I think the cupcakes are missing! lol

    Congrats girlie!! you deserve it!!

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  29. I can totally vouche for having to use every bowl in the kitchen! (especially when you don't have a jar of marshmallow creme on ahnd and decide to make your own!) I made these cupcakes using your recipe a while back and they are just as incredible as you say they are!

    Your piping on top is gorgeous and ohhh I hope you won!! :)

    Katie

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  30. oh I just found it! lol congratulations :)

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  31. I'm not surprised! Congrats on the blue ribbon! I love these "Hostess" cupcakes! They've been on my "to bake" list for awhile now. Thanks for all the inspiration you provide!

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  32. Those are so cute!!!

    http://coffeewithme.com

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  33. Your Homemade Hostess Cupcakes are even more famous, now! :)

    Also, I have an award for you over at my blog--I know, It's a little of a repeat, but your blog makes me happy, too :)

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  34. These look so yummy! I love the writing on them. That is so clever.

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  35. Oh Bridget!
    How my HEART did SING and DANCE when I popped over and my sweet Bridget had won FIRST PLACE!!!!
    I was holding my breath through the entire post just hoping you won!!!! ;o)
    Although I did let out a bit of a squeal (of giddy that is) when I saw that filling being squirted into that scrumptious cupcake!
    Oh to have been in your kitchen so I could have seen that LIVE...going in those cupcakes!
    I'da (that's southern talk) paid money for that! ;o)
    I know those cupcakes are some kind of good...a must for the BOOK!!!!!!!!
    And of course I adored the words written on them...
    especially 'LOVE'...
    cuz I do LOVE me some
    BAKE at 350!!!!
    and Bridget too of course! xo
    Happy Happy Weekend my Friend!
    And oh how I adored seeing my pink button on your fab blog!
    xxooxx ;o)

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  36. Awww...Congratulations! They look AWESOME and you certainly deserved the win ;)

    I will definitely be trying the very soon.
    Rose

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  37. Oh, yeah! I knew you won! They are awesome!

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  38. I *thought* I heard your name announced as winning first place that night, but we were on a gumbo team (we won first place too!!!) so I didn't get a chance to come over. YAY!!! I'm so glad your creativity and baking efforts were recognized as the champions that they are!

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  39. Wow! Congratulations from everone here at Foodista.com! You sure deserve it! :)

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  40. The first time I saw these cupcakes I fell in love. Now if I could get myself to make them...congrats on winning. Who wouldn't pick them?

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  41. Congrats! They are soooo adorable. One of these days I am definitely going to make them. Thinking they'd be cute with "bride" and "groom" written on them for my brother and his fiance!

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  42. Those cupcakes are fantastic! I will absolutely make them. Congratulations to you on your ribbon!

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  43. congrats - nothing better than cupcakes!

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  44. Those are fabulous...and I love your warning about using every bowl in the house!

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  45. Congrats- these look like a first prize kinda cupcake, for sure!!
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  46. Loving these!! What a great idea!

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  47. Wonderful!

    I love what you have written on them.

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  48. These are wonderful. Congratulations on a well-deserved award!

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  49. zowee! those look fantastic! I've been meaning to concoct my own version of these, but I haven't been inspired much until now. I just love the writing on the cakes! It sure beats the boring loops and squiggles! I'll have to try your recipe out. thanks for sharing!

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  50. Gosh! They're such darling cupcakes, and the pipping is gorgeous!

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  51. Congrats on the win! You deserve it. These cupcakes look great (as always!)
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  52. Wooh that's a big ribbon! Congratulations! I had already bookmarked this recipe, when you first posted it!

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  53. I made these last night (I wrote thanks on the top and am giving them as a gift to some people who helped me). I love this recipe, but had a quick question. My frosting still seemed slightly bitter. It tasted good in combination with everything else, but definately something you would be licking out of the bowl. Did I do something wrong, or is that just how the recipe is? Is there a way to slightly sweeten it??? Thanks again!!!

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  54. Oh and when I say frosting I meant the ganache!!! Sorry to confuse!

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  55. Wow..!! I would love to eat them all..!!!

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