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.

Vegan Twinkies Recipe – Vegan Treats for Hostess Enthusiasts

Vegan Twinkies Recipe
Vegan Twinkies Recipe

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For those vegans who enjoy the memories of the Hostess Twinkie years and who want to have that creamy, sweet moistness again, this vegan Twinkies recipe may perk your spirits a little.  In fact, since Twinkies weren’t really pure vegan treats to begin with, you might just be jumping for joy to have a vegan cake recipe that will be more suited to your family’s daily menu plan.

Whether you are a vegan, a vegetarian, or just like to change up recipes once in a while so you can serve healthy desserts to your kids and spouse, this homemade Twinkies recipe is a good one to keep on file.

Originally from the vegan recipe blog “Big City Vegan” and written for health conscious cooks, this is a fantastic option for those seeking healthy Twinkie recipes for their family.

A word of note before you begin:  You will need a food processor for the vegan cream filling in this Twinkie cream filling recipe.  If you don’t have a food processor, a blender with a similar function may work.

The point is to process the tofu in these vegan treats well enough that the cream filling is very smooth and mixed well enough that it is void of any tofu flavor.

Vegan Twinkies Recipe

The following recipe is adapted from and was brought to my attention by an old friend, Tammy Fleming, who is one of the best cooks and moms I have ever known.

Makes 24 small Twinkie cakes.


For the cakes:


  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup unbleached white flour
  • 6 Tbsp. organic light cane sugar
  • 1 tsp. aluminium free baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/3 cup expeller pressed canola oil
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. dark amber maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup vanilla rice milk 
  • 2 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray Twinkie pans, cream canoe pans, or lady finger pans with canola nonstick spray, and set aside.
  3. Place a whire mesh strainer over a medium bolw.  Add the pastry flour, white flour, light cane sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into the strainer.
  4. Tap the strainer against the palm of your hand to sift the ingredients into the bowl, and stir with a whisk to distribute the ingredients and add air.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk the oil, maple syrup, soymilk or rice milk, vanilla extract, and vinegar until well blended.
  6. Pour the liquid mixture into the dry mixture, and stir with a whisk until the batter is smooth.
  7. Fill each cake cup until about 1/3 full, and bake for 16 to 17 minues or until the cakes are golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  8. Cool the cakes in the pan for 5 minutes; then run a knife between the cakes and the inside of the cake cups to loosen.
  9. Lift the cakes from the pan and then cool completely.  Chill before filling.


For the cream filling:


  • 7 ounces firm tofu, drained (after simmering in water for 5 minutes)
  • 4 tsp. expeller pressed canola oil
  • 2 Tbsp. dark amber maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp. raw light agave syrup
  • 6 Tbsp. organic light cane sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. very finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 4 tsp. pur vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. pure coconut extract
  • 1/4 tsp. pure almond extract
  • 1 1/2 ounces vegan white chocolate, melted
  • 2 Tbsp. arrowroot dissolved in 6 Tbsp. soy creamer


  1. Crumble the drained tofu into a food processor and process for 1 minute.
  2. Add the oil and process another minute.
  3. Then add the rest of the ingredients except the arrowroot, and process 3 to 4 minutes or until the mixture is very smooth and creamy.
  4. Wipe the sides of the processor with a rubber spatula, and add any more optional sugar to desired sweetness and process to mix.  Set aside.
  5. In its separate bowl, stir the dissolved arrowroot (which has been dissolving in water) to release the starch that has settled to the bottom.
  6. Pour arrowroot with water into a small saucepan and cook, whisking frequently over medium heat until the mixture reaches a full boil.  It will be thick and gummy.
  7. Remove the saucepan from the stove; then add to the processed cream and pulse to incorporate.
  8. When mixed, process a little more until the cream is once again very smooth.
  9. Spoon the cream into a container.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  This allows the flavors to blend well and thicken a little.

 To assemble the cakes:

With a pastry bag or cake decorating bag, poke 3 holes into the bottom flat part of the homemade Twinkies.

Fill the pastry or cake decorating bag with cooled filling, moving the tip around sideways a little to distribute cream filling throughout the cake.

Refrigerate the filled cakes in a covered container.

Serve at room temperature.

HINT:  For something a little special or to satisfy a chocolate craving, you can place your Twinkie on a plate and drizzle a tiny bit of dairy free vegan chocolate syrup on top before serving.




Get the healthiest canola oil for your vegan recipes!  

When purchasing canola oil, look for the words “unrefined” or expelled”.  Those won’t have the chemicals that come from refined canola oil which is processed with tons of yucky chemicals.  

Also make sure you purchase canola oil that is labeled as non-GMO.  Many canola oil products are made with genetically modified organisms, reported by many to have many health risks.

Be safe, and stay healthy!  

Here’s a good canola oil for your vegan baking needs!


Solio Family Canola Oil Non Gmo Expelled



Cake recipes like this may take a little more effort, but when you see the kids smiling as they eat their homemade Hostess Twinkies, and you know you’ve just made a healthy dessert recipe or healthy snack for them, the effort you put into these little homemade snack cakes will be worth it all.

If you are interested in checking our traditional homemade Twinkie recipe or a sugar free, gluten free, or low carb Twinkie recipe, go here:  “Twinkie Recipes You Can Make at Home”, or check our other posts here at for a variety of foods, information, and insight for your family.

Hostess Twinkie Recipes You Can Make at Home

Hostess Twinkie Recipes

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.


  • 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


  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


  • 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


  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.


  • 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


  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)


  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.

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!


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!