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    Hostess Cupcakes

    Source of Recipe

    Sunday Dinner

    List of Ingredients

    1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons Flour
    2-1/2 tablespoons Cocoa powder
    3/4 teaspoon Baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon Salt
    1/2 cup Sugar
    1/2 cup Water
    3 tablespoons Vegetable oil
    1-1/2 teaspoon Distilled white vinegar
    1 teaspoon Vanilla extract


    1 cup Heavy whipping cream
    6 ounces Finely chopped white chocolate


    3 ounces Finely chopped bittersweet chocolate
    3 tablespoon Boiling water


    1 tablespoon Egg white, at room temperature
    1 pinch cream of tartar
    1/2 cup + 2 to 3 tablespoons confectioner's sugar


    1. Position a rack in the center and preheat oven to 325F. Lightly
    butter twenty-four 1-3/4" x 3/4" (1-oz) muffin of biscuit cups.

    2. Into a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda,
    and salt. Mix in the sugar. Make a well in the center. Whisk in the
    water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Blend until smooth. (The batter will
    be very thin.)

    3. Spoon the batter into the prepared cups. Bake until a cake tester
    inserted into the center of one of the cupcakes comes out clean, about
    12 to 14 minutes. Cool the cupcakes in the pans on a wire rack for 5
    minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the pans and finish cooling on the

    Make the filling:

    4. In a heavy medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the cream
    to a boil. Add the white chocolate and remove from heat. let the
    mixture stand briefly; stir until smooth. Transfer to a metal bowl and
    refrigerate until chilled thoroughly, stirring occasionally. (To speed
    the process, set the metal bowl over a larger bowl of ice water; stir
    the chocolate mixture until cool.) With an electric mixer, beat the
    white chocolate mixture just until fluffy, about 1 minute.

    5. Transfer the filling to a pastry bag fitted with a 3/8-inch plain
    tip. Insert the pastry tip 1/4-inch into the bottom of each cupcake
    and squeeze a little filling into each one.

    Make the glaze:

    6. Place the chocolate in a small bowl. Whisk in the boiling water and
    blend until smooth. One at a time, dip the top of each cupcake into
    the warm glaze. Turn the glazed cupcakes right side up and set them on
    a wire rack on top of a baking sheet. Refrigerate the cupcakes for 5
    minutes to set the glaze.

    Make the icing:

    7. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg white until frothy. Stir in the
    cream of tartar. Gradually mix in enough of the confectioner's sugar
    to make a fairly stiff and smooth icing. Fill a small paper cone with
    the icing and cut a 1/16-inch opening at the tip. Remove the cupcakes
    from the refrigerator. Pipe a design (a squiggle, spiral, etc.) on the
    top of each cupcake. Let the design harden and then cover and
    refrigerate the cupcakes. Serve at room temperature.

    The cupcakes can be made and refrigerated up to 2 days in advance, or
    frozen up to 2 weeks.

    Makes 22 to 24 miniature cupcakes.




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