Hostess Twinkie Recipes You Can Make at Home

I remember riding in the back seat of my parents car as we drove past the Hostess Bakery in Wheeling, WV when I was just a little girl with little plaid dresses and cur-lie cue hair .  I don’t think there will EVER be any smell-related memory I will cherish as much as those few moments driving past that big old building.

Now with the bankruptcy of the Hostess Bakery Company, we are left to only memories such as the one I listed above.

One of the other lost cherished memories America is loudly mourning over is the loss of the Hostess Twinkie.

However, while we say good bye to a great American icon, we can still enjoy the great taste of those Twinkies and that mouthwatering Twinkie filling we crave from time to time (or will when we think about our loss).  In fact, we can even take it one step further with some updates that make them perhaps a little more healthy and, more importantly, homemade.  Did you even know what ingredients were in those cakes anyway?  I’m not sure any of us want to know!  LOL

Still, we love those golden cake wonders, but I guess if we have to lose something we love as much as Hostess Twinkies, there is nothing better to replace them with than homemade love.

Hostess Twinkie Recipes

Good bye dear Hostess Twinkie friend.

With respect for an American icon, the Hostess Twinkie, and an eye for the future without those old, dear friends sitting on the grocery store shelf, here are some Hostess Twinkie recipes that can help you fill that void in addition to filling your kids (and your) tummies!

Choose the homemade Twinkie recipe below that most suits your family or your family’s nutritional lifestyle.  We’ve got healthy gluten free Twinkies which make great lower carb, low glycemic Twinkies, traditional copycat Twinkies to choose from, and homemade Vegan Twinkies.  We’ll be posting some other alternative Twinkie desserts too soon for those on a self-proclaimed Twinkie diet plan, if only until the mourning subsides!

Traditional Copycat Twinkie Recipe From Scratch

Makes 10.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 10 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 cup milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl, and whisk with a fork to fluff air into the mixture.  Set flour mixture aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar with an electric mixture at medium high speed about 3 minutes.
  4. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating for one additional minute each time an egg is added.
  5. Beat in vanilla and almond extract.
  6. Reduce beater speed to low, and add flour mixture alternatively with milk, mixing just until mixed.
  7. Spray prepared Twinkie pans, cream canoe pans, or lady finger pans, and add batter.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown in color and toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Let cool.
  10. When cool, turn upside down, and pipe cream (see immediately below) into the bottom with a pastry bag or cake decorating bag.

Traditional Copycat Twinkie Filling Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp. very hot water
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups marshmallow cream (7 ounce jar)
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

  1.  Combine salt in hot water until dissolved.  Set aside to let cool.
  2. In a medium to large bowl, combine marshmallow cream, shortening, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract.  Beat with an electric mixture until fluffy.
  3. Add salt-water mixture, and beat with electric mixture, and continue to beat a couple more minutes until very fluffy.
  4. Scoop cream into a pastry bag or a cake decorating bag, and pipe into cooled Twinkie cakes in three spots on the flat bottom side.
  5. Wrap in plastic wrap when filled.

 

Hostess Healthy Twinkie Recipe 

(Low Glycemic, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free, and Low Carb)

Also great for diabetics!

Makes 8.

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed or coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar (use sugar free honey for an even lower carb count)
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 6 Tbsp. coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, whip egg whites to stiff peaks.  Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whip egg yolks until pale yellow.  Whip in grapeseed (or coconut oil) and agave nectar (or sugar free honey for the low carb Twinkie recipe).
  3. Whip vanilla extract and lemon juice into the egg yolk-oil-nector mixture.
  4. In a third bowl, combine coconut flour, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Blend flour mixture into egg yolk-oil-nectormixture, and whip until smooth.
  6. Gentle fold in egg white mixture, stirring very gently.
  7. Spray Twinkie pans (or cream canoe or lady finger pans), and sppon batter onto the molds.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 11 – 12 minutes or until light golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Remove from oven, and cool completely.
  10. Fill with gluten free cream below.

Low Glycemic – Low Carb Filling Recipe

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup agave nector (or sugar free honey)

Directions:

  1. Whip egg whites to stiff peaks with electric mixer on high speed.
  2. Gently stir in agave nectar (or sugar free honey), and re-whip with mixer on high speed.
  3. Scoop cream into a pastry bag or cake decorating bag, and insert into the bottom side of homemade cakes when cool, piping in three spots on flat bottom side.
HINT!  When using this whipped-egg-white recipe for Twinkies cream, you are better off filling IMMEDIATELY before serving as this egg white mixture has a habit of soaking into the cake.
 
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Note:  If you have never used agave nectar before, you’re in for a real treat!  It is low on the Glycemic Index, and its taste is sweet with absolutely no bitter taste whatsoever.  It is sweet like honey but not as strong.  

Some on low carb diets will incorporate agave nectar into the recipes on a regular basis, others occasionally and for holiday or special treats sometimes if they are on an extremely disciplined low carb diet.  Those concerned with using agave nectar with its slightly higher carb count can substitute sugar free honey, Splenda, or Stevia into their recipes instead.   Diabetics should check with their doctors, but many enjoy agave nectar as an low GI sweetener in their chemically sugar-free diet.  

If you can sweeten your recipes with agave nectar, you’re in for a real treat.  

It’s great for ice tea too, by the way!

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Check out next post for a great Vegan Twinkies Recipe we think you’ll enjoy! 

So there you go…  DIY Twinkies that will not only bring joy to your family but which can be included in your healthy dessert recipes list as well!

We may still miss those much celebrated and now much missed Hostess Twinkie cakes, but with our own Twinkie cake recipes that we can make right in our very own home, we can feel better that there really are still good eats and good memories ahead for us all.

Other than our Twinkie cake recipes here and forthcoming, we have some other homemade cake recipes you might be interested in which include our Chocolate Cake Recipe with Honey with Chocolate Cinnamon Frosting and our Ultimate Banana Cake Recipe with Buttercream Icing.  We’ve got more great cake recipes for the family throughout our site as well.  Enjoy!

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