Welcome to our new POPSUGAR Girls' Guide series, Just Add Sugar, where you'll learn how to make sweets and treats that are spades better than store-bought. Today, host Brandi Milloy brings the beloved Hostess cupcake back to life with a homemade recipe that's — dare we say it — even better tasting than the iconic original. Watch as we walk you through everything from piping house-made marshmallow filling to glazing your cupcakes with a luscious ganache, then print out our recipe to get baking.
Hostess may have shut down last year, but that doesn't mean you can't still get your chocolate cream-filled cupcake fix!
Start by making an easy, classic chocolate cupcake that's fluffy and moist.
Build a surprise on the inside of each cupcake with a vanilla marshmallow filling using marshmallow fluff as a base. If you have any leftovers, make a fluffernutter sandwich with the marshmallow cream and peanut butter.
To fill the cupcakes, simply dive the star tip of the pastry bag into each cupcake's center. To fill each cupcake with the same amount, twist off a small section of the pastry bag (toward the tip) and only squeeze that amount (or less) into the cupcake. This little technique allows you to keep everything consistent, since you can't see how much marshmallow filling is actually in the center of each cupcake.
Take your time when icing the curlicue pattern: try to pipe the circles so that the edges touch each other.
OK, enough already! Time to dive in to discover that always-exciting cream center. See the Hostess-inspired cupcake recipe.
Say goodbye to Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Ho Hos, Donettes, and Zingers! The company that brought us all these sugary treats and more, Hostess, is closing. After 82 years, the former largest wholesale baker in the US (and owner of Wonder Bread), has decided to fire more than 18,000 workers and liquidate assets after a nationwide strike put the defunct company over the edge.
In honor of the sad news, we're taking a look back to the good ol' days of the packaged desserts with these vintage ads for Hostess and other sweets like cake, pie, candy, and chocolate. Of course, there are some sexist ads included, as the '50s and '60s were still the glamourized housewife eras, and there's that pesky chocolate and women stereotype (chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, ack!). But let's reminisce about the sugar-filled days before Weight Watchers, thinspiration, and anorexic Disney characters. So get your fork and frosting out and dive into these vintage dessert ads!
Fans of nostalgic packaged sweet treats may be racing to stock up with the news that Hostess Brands is closing, but we have a different approach: making our own! Several enterprising chefs have re-created their favorite nostalgic treats which look even better than the original. And an added bonus? Those preservatives that will keep those Hostess treats (and possibly your gastrointestinal tract) fresh through the next nuclear event aren't a concern when the Twinkies and Ho Hos come from your oven.
Think beyond the bottle or the bouquet this holiday season and give a hostess gift that is truly unique. Between holiday parties and meeting the parents, there are plenty of occasions within the next few weeks where an impressive (yet affordable) hostess gift will come in handy. Keeping the home cook, cocktail lover, and chic entertainer in mind, this list has something for everyone!
After several years of financial struggles, Hostess Brands Inc. is preparing to file for bankruptcy. Home of the classic Wonder Bread and signature snacks like the Twinkie, Hostess has had trouble holding on to customers who veered toward healthier foods in recent years.
The company, first formed in 1930 under the name Interstate Baking Co., joins a growing list of companies that filed for bankruptcy last year. Does the uncertain future of Hostess make you sad?
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Wedding stress doesn't only affect the bride and groom as you can see in this special Ask a Savvy Bride question. Check out the answer below and if you have issues of your own, ask for help in the Ask Savvy group. Dear Savvy, I'm hosting a bridal shower with another bridesmaid in honor of our great friend who is getting married this Summer. She threw me a lovely shower when I was engaged and I'm thrilled to be able to do the same for her. The trouble, however, is that my fellow host is incredibly cheap — I don't think she realized how pricey hosting such an event really is. How can we meet both of our needs; I want this to be a special day for our bride-to-be.
Anything but Cheap Callie
While I'm abandoning the Super Bowl today in favor of some flea marketing and sewing projects, there never really was a question about whether or not I'd fit it into my schedule. I am not a football fan — unless I'm playing touch football, and then I find it pretty fun. But watching televised sports, especially the NFL, is not my idea of a worthwhile afternoon. I know that there are plenty of women who do enjoy taking in a game (my grandmother included), and many may have planned a party around it. Is that the case for you?
Colleen Reilly and Stephania Stanley, hosts of Thursday Night Dinners, first connected with CasaSugar readers when they shared advice on hosting weekly get-togethers at your home. Now they're back with two ideas for making the most of Super Bowl Sunday. Here's their first party idea.
Whatever your feelings are about football, if nothing else, Super Bowl Sunday is always a terrific excuse to have your friends over and to indulge in some yummy grub. Thursday Night Dinner is all about picking a day a week to hang with your ladies over good food and fun crafts; so make Sunday your day to hang this week — throw a ladies’ day, and invite your best friends over for some feasting and football.
Just like your Thursday night dinners, keep your Super Bowl Sunday party low-key, so you can just have fun and not stress about party planning. Keep the decor simple — place some tall glass vases throughout your house filled with tall grasses and yellow calla lilies (this way you can be team neutral since both the Packers and the Steelers have gold as a color).
Whenever I have friends over for dinner, I always set the table with cloth napkins. They add a level of formality to the meal while providing color to the tablescape. The one downside of cloth napkins is that after dinner they have to be washed and ironed. Do you use cloth napkins?