How to Make a Giant Hostess Cupcake

This month marked my son’s first birthday.  As tradition holds in our family, this big milestone entitles him to his very first super-chocolatey cake.  I wanted to make something fun but I also wanted it to be inexpensive and easy (because I knew that most of the cake was destined to hit the floor).  After doing a little research for ideas online, I decided on a giant Hostess cupcake cake.

I found several sites offering elaborate recipes for creating this type of cake but I wasn’t up for that kind of time commitment.  I wanted something I could whip out quickly so I cheated and bought all the components at the grocery store.  Here’s what I used…

1.5 boxes of Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate cake mix
1 jar of Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate frosting (to create the fudgy chocolate topping)
1 jar of Betty Crocker Fluffy White whipped frosting (to create the fluffy filling)
1 tube of Betty Crocker white cookie icing (to create the white spiral decoration)

To make the cake, I used the cake mix and bottom portion of my very favorite cake pan.  It’s called The Great Cupcake Pan from Williams Sonoma.  You could also use two 5-inch cake rounds stacked on top of each other.  I prepared the cake mix as directed and let the cake cool completely.  Then, I sliced about half an inch of cake from the top and set it aside – this creates a lid for the filling later.

To create the fluffy white center, I pressed a large biscuit cutter down into the remaining cake (you’ll want to stop about and inch above the cake base).   I used the spoon to dig out the excess cake and create a nice deep well for the filling.  I whipped the white frosting in the container with a fork before adding it to the well with a spatula.  After that, I replaced the circular top section of cake I had removed earlier.

I wanted the dark chocolate frosting to be glossy and smooth (like the original) so I put the frosting container in the microwave for about 45 seconds.  I poured the frosting directly onto the cake from the center and let it spread out on it’s own until it completely covered the top.  Once the chocolate frosting had cooled a bit, I used the white cookie icing tube to create the signature white spiral on the top.

As you can probably tell from the pictures, I was not going for perfection here.  I knew my little guy was just going do maul this cake with his bare hands, so I didn’t go to a lot of effort to make it look picture-perfect.  I’m sure if you’re willing to put in the time, you could make it look much better.  However, if you’re simply looking for an easy and inexpensive way to make a little kid’s day, this giant Hostess cupcake might be just the ticket.  Just thought I’d pass it on.


  1. I’m totally making this for some occasion, sometime, somewhere, love this idea!!

  2. How cute! I’ll have to remember this for Spencer’s first birthday! I love how simple it is – and cute, too.

  3. That’s the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! Beats the creepy princess dress cakes by a mile!

  4. Okay so I don’t have the pic on here.. but while we’re talking about cakes for kids… I have something easy and fun. (every once in awhile you have a moment of inspiration thant turns out so well) My 4 yr old wanted dirt cups for his b-day but I also wanted him to have a cake. So I made a chocolate bunt cake and covered it in this frosting

    1 pkg. of instant chocolate pudding with half the amount milk and the other half heavy whipping cream. Beat until stiff.

    It’s an awesome frosting and it actually holds up.

    Than I covered the frosted cake in crushed oreos. You could use worms or creepy crawlers but we used dump trucks to decorate. It was supper yummy, really cute, totally cheap, and easy to make 😉
    Oh yeah and for you choco lovers I put chips in the cake… ummmm ummm.

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