Mr.CBB’s Cream Filled Homemade Twinkie Style Cakes

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Well, after hearing about the closing of Twinkie Brands in Irving, Texas in the USA the other day I wondered about these little delights that everyone is going mad over. Yes, they are still making the Twinkies in Canada but I’ve never had one in me life. I remember on Facebook the fans were talking about Joe Louis and I had no idea what they were going on about. Luckily for them I’m learning more the longer I live in Canada. So everyone wants to get their hands on the Twinkie in the USA, mad, well it’s pretty nutty if you ask me.  After a mate of mine who lives in the USA told me to check out Ebay last night I nearly fell over after what I saw. You remember the famous tickle me Elmo that everyone thought they could make a buck from selling them on Ebay? Well move over Elmo, Twinkie is taking top spot this year.

Box of Twinkies
Box of Twinkies (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Boxes and I mean boxes of these cream filled Twinkie cakes are showing up on EBAY selling for absurd amounts of money.  I’m still wondering who in their right mind is that hungry for a $10,000.00 box of Twinkies. What has this world come to? I know when some see an opportunity they run with it but Twinkies, really? Anyhow, so the curious Brit that I am I head over to the shop to buy one of these famous cakes so I can test one out.  No, I’ve never had the pleasure so I thought I best taste one before I try to make one.

English: Hostess Twinkies. Yellow snack cake w...
English: Hostess Twinkies. Yellow snack cake with cream filling. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The cakes were light almost as if they were made with just oil and the filling was a creamy sweet filling that when mixed with the cake wasn’t actually all that bad. Not so good for the waistline but for a treat once a year, heck why not. What’s better than buying commercial bakery items is making them at home yourself. So off to the CBB kitchen I go this morning to see if I can make a Mr.CBB version of the Hostess Twinkie. No I won’t be selling them for thousands of dollars and opening shop. I doubt it very much that anyone could clone the  actual cake but this one turned out pretty darn good. I mean I’m not a Twinkie connoisseur but I’ll keep that $10,000 in my bank account and enjoy something I made with my own hands.

The cream filling I chose to make was with a marshmallow fluff  recipe I found on the net, then I used the marshmallow fluff and combined it with another recipe from Top Secret Recipes for Hostess Twinkie Creme Filling. I honestly didn’t think it was so easy to make marshmallow fluff you’d be surprised how fast you can whip it up. I bet it costs alot more to purchase pre-made at the shop in the jar. The cake I made myself which is a simple white cake although I wanted to emulate the light, airy texture of the Twinkie. The cakes turned out perfect coupled with the cream, I’d say a nice afternoon snack with tea.  Mr.CBB’s Cream Filled Homemade Twinkies are a decent knock-off to the original but hey, who was I kidding, I’m just a bloke who enjoys being in the kitchen.

Muffin liner container

How did I make the Twinkie shape you ask? Well I had a container in the cupboard that housed cupcake liners so I used that. I simply lined it with tin foil and took the shape of the container (similar to a Twinkie) and that was my baking pan. I pre-made 6 of these and set them aside after I sprayed them with cooking spray.

Homemade Tin Foil Twinkie Baking Trays

This recipe made 12 cupcakes and 6 bigger than normal homemade Twinkies. The marshmallow fluff gave me more than I needed but you can keep it in the freezer and when you want it, defrost it and whip it up again.

Tools:

  • Stand mixer or hand mixer
  • 2 large bowls
  • muffin tin
  • tin foil
  • cupcake liners
  • container of cupcake liners or something that is shaped like a Twinkie
  • Measuring cups
  • knife
  • spoon

Cooked Homemade Twinkie Cakes

Mr.CBB’s Fluffy White Cake

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 3 cups of cake flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of cold milk
  • 1/2 cup of softened butter or 1 stick
  • 2/3 cup of cold water
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of Almond extract
  • 6 eggs whites ( you will not need the yolks)
  • apple corer
  • In your mixer beat your butter and until fluffy and creamy then add in your sugar. Mix until combined.
  • In a bowl combine your dry ingredients (flour,salt, baking powder) then add it to your butter mix above. Start with a portion of the flour, then some of the water, then some of the milk until you end with just flour. Mix until blended.
  • In a separate bowl beat your egg whites until they are stiff. Add in 1 teaspoon of lemon juice while mixing on high-speed. This should take about 10 minutes or until stiff peaks are reached.
  • Then I folded the egg whites gently into the cake mix above carefully folding so you keep the air in the cake.
  • Drop by spoon the cake mix into your Twinkie tin foil pans 3/4 of the way to the top.
  • The rest of the batter you can fill up your muffin tin lined with 12 muffin liners 3/4 of the way to the top. You can bake these separate for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Set aside until completely cool.Then frost with the marshmallow fluff or which ever frosting you desire.
  • Cook in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes. Test with a toothpick before you remove to make sure they are done and the toothpick comes out clean.
  • Set aside the homemade Twinkies and let them cool while you make the marshmallow fluff and cream filling.

Marshmallow Fluff or Cream

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of light corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups icing sugar (confectioners sugar)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 egg whites

Procedure

  • In a mixing bowl combine egg whites, corn syrup and salt and mix on high until combined and fluffy
  • Add in the icing sugar and mix until well blended then add in your vanilla and voilà!

Super Easy Recipe- see link above for credit and full recipe

Cream Filling

 Twinkie Cream Filling

Ingredients

  • 2 tsps of hot water
  • 1/4 teaspoon rounded of salt
  • 2 cups of marshmallow cream
  • 1/2 cup of shortening
  • 1/3 cup of powdered sugar

Procedure

  • In a small bowl add your water and salt and let it dissolve then cool before using
  • In a mixing bowl add all the other ingredients and mix until fluffy on high-speed
  • Add the salty water and mix until combined and voilà!

Super Easy Recipe- see link above for credit and full recipe

Filling the Homemade Twinkies With the Filling

  • So now you have everything made and ready to go. I used an apple corer to poke out 3 holes on the bottom of each cake. The cake is so moist and easy to bend.  Stick the corer in deep but not so it comes out the top of the cake. Bend the cake with your hands a bit and each piece of cake you cut should pop out.

Poke holes in the homemade Twinkie cake

  • Fill each hole with your cream filling mixture then plug the hole back up with the cake plugs you took out.

Fill the cakes with cream and then plug them

  • Flip over and arrange on a tray for your guests! Optional: Sprinkle with Icing Sugar.
  • Enjoy!

Tray of Mr.CBB's Cream Filled Homemade Twinkies

These are  no more than a simple white cake recipe with a cream filling. I called them Twinkie style because no matter how hard anyone tries unless you have the secret recipe, it ain’t Hostess! If you’re not into the whole cream filling part you can skip it and eat the white cake as is or add some fresh fruit purée to the cake. Who’s going to come help me eat these Twinkie Style Cakes now?

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