How to Make Deep Fried Twinkies at Home

Deep Fried Twinkies

Deep Fried TwinkiesMany people love the deep fried Twinkies they can get at some of the state fairs and festivals across the country, but few know how to make deep fried Twinkies themselves.

The good news is that it is easy to make them, and you don’t even need actual Hostess Twinkies to do that.  You just need some homemade Twinkies or Twinkie cupcakes (got you covered there, just look through our site for recipes to do that) or you can use those smiling Little Debbie Cloud Cakes.   (Oh yea, they are smiling now that Hostess isn’t a competition for them anymore, but let’s not blame that on them.)

You can even use specialty cream filled sponge cakes from any snack company.

Who cares at this point when you are talking about a deep fried Twinkie!

This deep fried Twinkies recipe isn’t hard, but you will need to start in advance because your snack cakes will need to be in a frozen state when you dip them in batter to deep fry.  Other than that early step, or making your own homemade Twinkies or Twinkie cupcakes if you want the homemade ones, it’s not hard to make them.


Hey kids, we’ve got fried Twinkies here!

Deep Fried Twinkies

Ingredients for the Twinkies component:

  • 6 Twinkies, Little Debbie Cloud Cakes, homemade cream filled sponge cakes, or specialty cream filled cakes (Use this recipe for Hostess Twinkies or Twinkie Cupcakes for a real homemade treat!)
  • 6 Popsicle sticks
  • 4 cups vegetable oil for frying
  • Flour for dusting (before dipping in batter)
  • Powdered sugar for dusting (after deep fried and cooled)

For the batter component:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp. malt vinegar, preferred (or apple cider vinegar which works well too)
  • 1 Tbsp. oil (separate from frying oil)
  • 1 cup flour (separate from dusting flour)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Freeze Twinkies for a few hours or overnight.
  2. When ready to prepare, heat 4 cups vegetable oil in a deep frying to about 375 degrees.  While this works best in a deep fryer, if you don’t have one, you can deep fry in a large skillet.  Be prepared to use a little extra oil depending on the depth of you skillet.
  3. While your oil is heating, mix milk, vinegar, and your tablespoon of oil in a small to medium sized mixing bowl.
  4. In a large bowl, blend flour, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Pour liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients in the large bowl, and whisk until the batter if frothy.  Whisking a batter for deep fried Twinkies will give you that airy consistency that melts in your mouth.
  6. Set your batter to the side; take frozen cakes out of the freezer, and push the sticks into each individual Twinkie lengthwise, leaving about 2 inches to use for a handle.
  7. Dust each cake piece flour, then dip each one into the batter, rotating until the batter covers the entire piece.
  8. Place individual cakes into the hot oil.  You’ll notice the Twinkies will float while frying, so you’ll need to hold it under the top of the oil with a utensil to ensure even browning.  Continue deep frying until your deep fried Twinkie is golden brown, about 3 – 4 minutes each.
  9. Remove, and place on a paper towel to drain.
  10. Let cool for at least 5 minutes; then sprinkle powdered sugar on top.

You can also sprinkle powdered sugar and then some chocolate sprinkles, candy sprinkles, or a little colored sugar on your fried Twinkie.  Many enjoy them with fruit preserves or maple syrup spread on top as well.

Won’t it be fun to enjoy some of these deep fried Twinkies with you family at home instead of waiting until the next fair comes to town?  Well, having some family fun at the fair sounds kind of nice too.

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