Homemade Twinkies


There’s something very nostalgic, classic, and all-American about Twinkies. Probably because we associated Twinkies with childhood, when things were simple. Our biggest challenges were to try and catch the candy being thrown during the parade or balancing our bike without our training wheels. And our biggest problems? Not falling from the treehouse. Trying to break our popsicle in half without actually breaking the popsicle itself. You know, tough stuff. Haha! So, here’s a fun plan: make some homemade twinkies and enjoy remembering the simple life when your biggest dilemma was pigtails? or ponytail?


1 box yellow cake mix

water, eggs, and oil called for on cake mix directions

Marshmallow Filling:

1 c butter, softened

2 cups powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 7-oz. jar marshmallow crème


Make cake mix according to package directions. Grease (with shortening) and flour twinkie pan*. Fill wells half full with cake batter. Bake at 350°F for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly. Invert twinkies onto cooling rack and cool completely.


Meanwhile, make filling. In large mixing bowl, beat butter until creamy. Beat in sugar until fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Stir in the marshmallow cream until well-blended. Using cake decorator bag and star tip, pipe filling into flat side (bottom) of twinkie, three times, evenly-spaced, just until twinkie exands but doesn’t break apart. Serve fresh, or store in airtight container.


*Or you can make your own twinkie molds by molding heavy-duty tin foil around a spice bottle and then removing the bottle. Spray with nonstick cooking spray instead of using shortening/flour.

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10 Responses to Homemade Twinkies

  1. Dawn Kent McLaws says:

    I have one of those Twinkie pans! I just haven’t found a good Creme filling! I will have to try this one!

    • Carol says:

      Hi Dawn! Isn’t the twinkie pan great? I love this filling because it isn’t greasy. It’s more like frosting. Hope you like it!!

  2. Jane says:

    These look incredible!!! Like…the ones at the store but my mouth is watering because I’m imagining how delicious they taste!

  3. Seth says:

    Wow these look amazing! I made homemade twinkies once but they did not look at all like this!

    • Carol says:

      Thanks, Seth! You’re too kind. I definitely trimmed the bottoms off these twinkies to give them a better look. Isn’t homemade so good??

  4. Deb says:

    who knew there was a twinkie pan… where do you find one of those?

  5. keepingitreal says:

    How the *%@# can anything be home made and start with a box mix????

    • Carol says:

      Well, in this case, “homemade twinkies” means twinkies that are made at home, and a cake mix is the best ingredient I could find to match the original twinkie texture. While not technically homemade in the traditional sense, they are still, nonetheless, twinkies “made” at “home”.

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