…store-bought snack cakes!” – Marge Simpson, Homer’s Phobia
Seriously, whyyyyy did it take me so long to try making mock-Hostess/Fauxtess/cream-filled chocolate cupcakes?
Answer: because I had seen the recipe in Vegan with a Vengeance ages ago, and decided it looked like way too much work. But it really wasn’t! Okay, so I skipped a step and had my filling do double-duty as the squiggle medium as well, but even the coring, filling, and ganache-ing of the cupcakes wasn’t particularly onerous.
The cupcake recipe is pretty much identical to the one in Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, moist and chocolatey and wonderful, and I made a basic vanilla buttercream for inside and on top. (For some reason, the Fluffy White Icing prescribed in VwaV didn’t taste like much to me, although my dad seemed to like it. Weird.)
These came together really quickly, multiple steps considered, and taste way better than any chemical-filled Hostess special ever could.
And for the record: leftover cupcake cores dotted with frosting and dunked in ganache are a midafternoon snack to die for.