15 Amazing Twinkie Cake Recipes

The Twinkie: one of the most notable, nostalgic bite size cakes of all time.

If you grew up in the States, you will most certainly remember eating these snacks throughout your childhood. You will remember seeing all the wonderful, different flavors on the supermarket shelves, even the slightly odd special edition varieties (yes, we’re talking about you, ‘Ogre Green Creamy Filling’).

If you aren’t from the States, you may be more familiar with this confectionery item through film and media, specifically Ghostbusters and Zombieland. In both cases, non-Americans should be thanking Bill Murray for, possibly, introducing them to Twinkies.

So, as Dr. Peter Venkman once asked: ‘What about the Twinkie?’

In this article, we are going to be looking at fifteen recipes that either use the creme-filled snack cake, or are inspired by them, to create new desserts. These delightful treats can be made and consumed at home, or taken to parties and gatherings to impress your loved ones, reminding them of the childhood they once lived through new, improved recipes.

So, let’s jump straight in! Here are fifteen delicious Twinkie inspired recipes for you to enjoy.

1. Homemade Twinkies Recipe

Let’s start by learning how to make the original Twinkie itself. Mini sponge cakes filled with a fluffy marshmallow magic-ness compose these delightful nibbles. What is there not to love about them?

The best part is, you will know precisely what goes into these snacks if you bake them yourself (including the mystery ingredient, seemingly immortal creme inside). If you serve these finger-shaped little cakes during a party, you will be sure to win over each and every guest there.

2. Giant Twinkie Bundt Cake

Using a ready-made cake mix and fluffy vanilla cream frosting, this handmade jumbo Twinkie Bundt cake is incredibly simple to make.

To make this dessert, you’ll only need 6 ingredients – or 7, if you would prefer to dust powdered sugar on top for a sweet finish. This golden Bundt cake with marshmallow insides will undoubtedly blow your mind, as well as everyone else’s (if you decide to share, that is).

3. No-Bake Twinkie Cake

This is not just a cake that tastes like a Twinkie. This is a cake that is constructed from Twinkies.

It sounds naughty, because that’s exactly what it is: the base is layered with Twinkies, and fully smothered in pudding. It does, however, contain pineapple, cherries, and bananas, so at least you will be getting a small portion of your 5-a-day. Even better, this delicious dish doesn’t require any baking at all. Success!

4. Twinkie Cupcakes

From the fluffy cake on the surface, to the soft, creamy filling inside, these twinkie cupcakes are so similar to the genuine thing that after just one mouthful, you might even question what’s inside your mouth.

You can’t really go wrong with these scrumptious cupcakes, which include a sponge cake on the outside, a gooey frosting on the inside, and marshmallow icing generously piped on top. Serve them at your next big event and watch as your guests go crazy for these sweet delights.

5. Strawberry Twinkie Cake

How can you improve the flavor of a Twinkie? Why don’t you add some extra flavoring? After all, a strawberry and cream dessert is always a crowd-pleaser.

This Strawberry Twinkie Cake is the ideal celebration dessert, made with Twinkies and fresh, luscious strawberries that’s terrific for an outdoor event or a simple picnic. It’s baked in a 9-inch prepared pan, so it slices into sections like a cake! Just make sure you grab a slice before it has all gone.

6. Sunflower Twinkie Cake

Twinkies and Hershey’s kisses, it turns out, can be combined to create the perfect sunflower. Who would have guessed?

This is a great cake to prepare because it’s so quick and easy, providing you already have a chocolate cake on hand. You’ll adore how easy it is to decorate this cake, and how adorable the finished result looks. If you or a loved one has a birthday coming up, you really must try making this lovely dessert.

7. Twinkie Cake

Anyone who enjoys Twinkies will enjoy creating and sampling this simple Twinkie Cake recipe.

The overall flavor is immaculate, with a vanilla sponge cake base, a homemade creamy vanilla frosting, and a spreadable icing to garnish the edges. As if it couldn’t get much better, the cake also is topped with Twinkies and has layers of Twinkies inside. Perfect for any Twinkie lover’s birthday.

8. Twinkie Tiramisu

This goes out to the child that grew up loving Twinkies, and the adult that grew up to love coffee. This recipe is just for you.

The combination of the Italian and American desserts is the stuff of genius, creating a sweet, chocolatey, caffeinated treat. Instead of using ladyfingers at the base of the dish, Twinkies are used as a replacement, giving the dessert an extra creamy taste and texture.

9. Rainbow Unicorn Cake with Twinkie Filling

While most cakes are amazing to look at, rainbow cakes are on another level. Now, imagine slicing into a rainbow cake and discovering that there are Twinkies inside. It doesn’t get much more fun than that.

Vanilla icing, rainbow sprinkles, and a Twinkie-stuffed interior will take your rainbow Bundt cakes to the next dimension. It’s a lot of fun to build, and not at all challenging! The most difficult aspect will be resisting the urge to consume it all at once.

10. Chocolate Twinkie Cake

Did you know that Twinkies are not actually filled with cream, but with a sweetened room temperature fat called shortening? The texture of this filling is what separates Twinkies from anything else.

This Chocolate Twinkie Cake also uses shortening instead of cream, recreating the overall consistency of the chocolate cake flavored Twinkie, but in the form of an actual cake. Delicious!

11. Very Berry Chocolate Cake Twinkie Trifle

On a hot summer’s day, no dessert hits quite the same as a cool, creamy trifle. While the original recipe is always a hit, you should definitely consider whipping up your own Twinkie-infused trifle.

This delectable dish is a spin on a trifle, featuring Twinkies along with a combination of fresh berries for added sweetness. With this easy yet succulent trifle, prepare to surprise your guests at your next gathering or cookout.

12. Strawberry Shortcake Twinkies

Next up, we have yet another winning strawberries and cream combination. The sweet creaminess of this dessert should win anyone over.

Twinkies fans will go crazy for this reinvention of strawberry shortcake. This Strawberry Shortcake Twinkies Recipe is perfect for any occasion, and is sure to please everyone!

13. Homemade Twinkie Poppers

Sometimes, less really is more! Homemade Twinkie Poppers are the delightful bites of goodness you have been looking for.

These bite-sized bits are not only delicious and incredibly simple to create in the comfort of your own kitchen, but they are also ridiculously adorable in popper form! You may become addicted to these small sweets, which are filled with marshmallow frosting.

14. Twinkie Donuts

A creamy swiss buttercream fills the core of these delicate, cooked donuts, almost to the brim. They’ll make you think of the classic Hostess sweet treats, but they taste even better.

It’s never been easier to make your own Twinkie-inspired donuts at home. Your tongue will be flooded with scrumptious, creamy pleasure after just one bite. You’ll fall in love with this dish if you adore both doughnuts and Twinkies.

15. Twinkie Milkshake

Cake and ice cream are a wonderful birthday pairing, so combining the two in one blended milkshake is a sure-fire winner. Add a couple of Twinkies to the equation, and you have a recipe for true success.

The soft sponge cake and vanilla filling combine with the ice cream to create a sumptuous milkshake that will fulfil all of your wishes. This Twinkie cake shake is the ideal indulgence, with a rainbow sprinkle garnish and a generous scoop of whipped cream.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Shelf Life of a Twinkie?

Despite its reputation for longevity, the official shelf life of an unopened Twinkie is 45 days. There have been myths over the years that a Twinkie has no shelf life, due to it containing so many unnatural ingredients.

A teacher started the urban legend that Twinkies can last forever when he placed one of the cakes in his classroom back in 1976, testing how long it would take for it to decompose. The Twinkie in question is still in relatively good shape after 40 years, although it’s presumably not fit for human consumption.

How Many Flavors of Twinkies are There?

Since the release of the cake back in 1930, there have been several flavors released alongside the original. Chocolate Creme, Strawberry Creme, and Banana Creme are among the year-round options, while special editions such as Key Lime Slime (Ghostbusters), Ogre Green (Shrek), and Blue Raspberry Creme (X-Men) have been produced in collaboration with newly released blockbuster films.

What is Inside a Twinkie?

A single Twinkie allegedly includes 37 components, including fourteen of the top twenty chemicals produced in the United States. Monoglycerides and diglycerides (chemicals that bond fats), hydrogenated vegetable fats, five types of sugar, artificial colors, and petroleum-based flavorings may all be found inside a Twinkie.

The cream inside the cake isn’t actually cream at all, but rather a cheap, sweetened fat known as shortening.

Final Thoughts

While consuming a Twinkie on its own may sound appealing, it will taste so much better when baked into the ultimate dessert. No matter which recipe you choose to create first, you surely will not be disappointed.

Good luck with your baking!

15 Amazing Twinkie Cake Recipes

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Remember when Twinkie cakes were all the rage? Will these delicious recipes bring back fond memories? You will just have to try them all to find out.

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