Curly Q Cupcakes

Remember Hostess Cupcakes? I don't remember loving them but, I did love the little curlyQ on the top! I just made chocolate cupcakes with a cream filling and a chocolate frosting with the little icing do-dad. These taste better and my girls think they're super cute too. 

       I just used a Dark Choc  Boxed Cake Mix - make according to package directions

6 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 c confectioners’ sugar
3/4 c marshmallow creme
1 1/2 Tbsp plus 1 tsp heavy cream

1/4 c heavy cream
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened

For the filling: In a medium bowl, beat the butter with the confectioners’ sugar, marshmallow fluff and 1 1/2 tablespoons of the heavy cream at medium speed until fluffy. Transfer all but 1/2 cup of the filling to a decorating bag . Stir in the remaining 1 teaspoon of heavy cream into the remaining filling and reserve for piping the tops of the cupcakes.
Using a melon baller I scooped out some of cupcake to have room for filling (reserve these tops). Insert the tip of the decorating bag  and squeeze lightly to fill with cream. Set tops back on them.
For the frosting: Heat the heavy cream in a small saucepan until steaming. Add finely chopped chocolate and let stand for 5 minutes. Add the butter and stir until smooth. Let cool a minute then spread the top of each cupcake with the frosting.
Spoon the reserved filling into a decorating bag fitted with a very small plain tip and pipe curly Q on each cupcake. Refrigerate the cupcakes for at least 10 minutes to set the frosting.

Makes 12 cupcakes!

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Robin said…
Gosh I haven't had one of those in a hundred years but if I made them myself I'd certainly nibble a few! Love the idea :)
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Karen said…
These really look yummy and I better they are better than Hostess Cupcakes. I'm going to have to give this a try.
Ladybug Creek
I like the filling in this recipe. Better than store bought ones. THANKS!!! Geri
Really Rainey said…
Oh my gosh! I'm going to be all over this recipe! Thanks for sharing it! The photos are great!
Have a wonderful Week end!
~Really Rainey~
Mary said…
What a cute idea. I'm sure your children loved them. I know your picture made me hungry. I find chocolate anything hard to resist. Have a great day.
Kristen said…
I am going to have to try these. My sons love Hostess cupcakes, but I don't buy them very often. Thanks for a "make your own" recipe!
Kathleen said…
They look delicious!
I used to love those...2 in a pkg...before the 100 calorie craze..:)
This is TOO wonderful. I used to take those cupcakes to grammar school. I lived for Hostess Cakes. What a fun, fun recipe! Thanks so much for adding it to Foodie Friday!
Heather said…
Can you elaborate on how you use a melon baller to scoop out the middle? I'd love to make these but I'm envisioning the mess I would make. Do you scoop from the side or bottom??