Homemade Hostess Twinkie Recipe

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Introduction: Homemade Hostess Twinkie Recipe

Don't cry over the news that Hostess is closing it's doors for good.  You can make all their delicious treats at home!  Granted, they won't have the shelf life of the commercial products, but they'll taste even better.  

Now, this is not the same Copycat Twinkie Recipe you will find all over the internet.  This Twinkie recipe came from hard work and laborious testing (of the other various copycat twinkie recipes posted all over the internet).  This Twinkie recipe combines the winningest recipes for best cake and best filling from the Epic 2010 Homemade Twinkie Challenge.  Finally, I have combined the two in one ultimate Twinkie Recipe, guaranteed to please, according to the very scientific results from our challenge.

Summed up: This Twinkie Recipe blows the pants off the rest. So bookmark it now.


Step 1: Ingredients

This recipe yields 12 full-sized Twinkies, or 24 minis.

Cake:
  • 16-ounce box golden pound cake mix
  • 4 egg whites, beaten until stiff
  • 2/3 cup (160mL) water

Filling:

The Rest:
  • Twinkie Molds (aluminum foil will do in a pinch)
  • Non-stick cooking spray


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Step 2: Making the Molds

The fancy Twinkie molds are nice if you're going to be making them a lot, and they sure cut down on waste.  But for my first time out, I decided to make them out of what I already had on hand: aluminum foil.

The trick for making a Twinkie mold from is quite simple, and easy to get the hang of.   And if you're making Twinkies for the legions, I recommend making the half-sized molds that I used.  In fact, just do it that way.   You don't need to be eating that much Twinkie!  Then you can have two.

Cut  twenty four 9" sheets of aluminum foil
Fold each piece of aluminum foil in half twice. 
Wrap the folded foil around a small spice bottle to create a mold. 
Leave the top of the mold open for pouring in the batter. 
Repeat.

Arrange on a cookie sheet or in a shallow pan.   Spray molds with non-stick cooking spray. 

Preheat the oven to 325F (160C)


Step 3: Twinkie Cake

Whip egg whites on high until stiff.  

Add cake mix and water, and beat on medium speed until completely blended, about 2 minutes. 

Step 4: Bake Twinkies

Divide batter evenly among the baking pan wells and bake at 325F (160C) until cakes spring back when touched, a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, and cakes are golden brown, about 20 to 22 minutes.

 Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes; then loosen from the sides by running a knife along the edge of the pan. Invert onto a rack, remove cakes, and cool completely.

Step 5: Twinkie Filling

Beat together the shortening and margarine with mixer until well combined and creamy.

Add the powdered sugar and beat until completely light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.

Add the vanilla and beat for another 2 minutes.

Step 6: Filling the Twinkies

Once cakes are cool, flip each over, and with a straw or a skewer, make two incisions running the length of the cake (three for full sized Twinkies).

Scoop filling into a pastry bag fitted with a medium-size plain tip (or snip the corner off of a small plastic bag).

Place the tip into each incision, and press cream into the incisions until full. When cakes are completely full, turn them back over and serve.

Store any leftovers (as if) in an airtight container.

I hope you enjoy your new homemade Twinkies! 

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    it'll work because real Twinkies probably don't go bad. They are probably so packed with preservatives and other artificial stuff. Did you know that they have blue Twinkies? No real food is blue.

    Hostess is open again! Hurray!

    I think I'm gonna go crazy and split this into quarter batches (since there are 4 eggs.) I want to try variations with both the cake batter and the filing. I'm thinking of replacing the vanilla with rum and the water in the batter with some kind of booze as well. anyone know what this might do to the batter? :)

    I can't wait to show my dad this he'll flip out

    These look AMAZING! You are ambitious for making them! And I just heard yesterday that someone bought the company and they may be selling them again in the near future...next year sometime..:)

    the receipe looks great but I see in picture carnation milk and couple of other items that are not in the instructions is the receipt complet, thanks

    Hi, i must apologize but i believe you may have skipped a "fold the batter into the egg whites" step. You may wish to check that out. it will make for a better conversion from pound cake to sponge cake. I have to say a wonderful instructable though! thank you:)

    Great instructable, as usual!
    However, in the last step, when I first read "make two incisions running the length of the cake" I was a bit confused. It sounds like you mean cut it from end-to-end. Really you mean poke two holes in it which line up lengthwise, right? Maybe a little rewording is needed. We wouldn't want ruined Twinkies, would we? :-o

    Here is the Twinkie recipe

    Cool...I bought a twinkie pan because I thought it would make uniform eclairs (nope), now I have a recipe! Thanks!

    Store any leftovers (as if) in an airtight container.

    haha lol'd at this. so cute. ;D cant wit to try this, thanks for posting! hope you can try a Ho Ho's recipe as well? :)

    AWESOME. I'm having some problems with stuffing them, but it's my lack of equipment not so much the instructable. When skewering, do you go right through the thing or just sort of into it half way? From the bottom up I guess...?

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    I used a marinade injector (comment above), it has a a 1/2 inch poking point which is perfect depth for the cake.

    If you don't have piping tools just cut the twinkies in half and put a layer of filling in the middle like suzy Q's. You could also bake 11" X 7" baking dish (increase bake time) and frost like a cake, or cut cake in half, fill in middle and cut into rectangles. Hope that helps.

    or ziplock bag with corner snipped would work

    I just used a marinade injector, worked like a charm! You can feel the cake puffing up. Inject it slow and constantly check for cake splitting or filling oozing out, otherwise you'll split the cake in half. Be ready to sample plenty of excess filling, I had plenty leftover!

    For my oven @325 degrees I had to bake my twinkies for 40 minutes. Did you mean 350? Because 350 is the average for cakes for 20-25 minutes.

    Here I found a way to make a dozen 4-inch cake mold while using minimal tin foil. For a 12-inch wide roll of foil, I cut six 7-inch lengths and cut each of those lengths in half. Then I just rolled those around a 4-inch seasoning container. And because this is the method for temporary molds and some of the cake always sticks to the mold, It's easier just to unfold the foil and peel it off.

    I was able to make my twinkies just fine except I changed up a few steps along the way, I've commented on each step I altered.