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Copycat Hostess Twinkies

Learn how to make a classic snack that will take you straight back to your childhood with this easy recipe for Copycat Twinkies. Made with boxed pound cake mix, this is one of those easy dessert recipes that's almost effortless to make. Eat these homemade Twinkies as a mid-day snack or for an after-dinner dessert. No matter the time of day they're a delicious and nostalgic treat!

Cooking Time30 min


  • 12 12 x 14 inch pieces of aluminum foil
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 16-ounce box golden pound cake mix
  • 2/3 cup water
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 drops lemon extract


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Fold each piece of foil in half twice. Wrap the folded foil around a bottle neck to create a mold. Leave the top open for pouring the batter in. Make twelve of these molds and arrange on a cookie sheet. Spray the inside of each with nonstick spray.
  3. Beat the egg whites until stiff. Combine with cake mix and water and beat about 2 minutes until thoroughly blended.
  4. Pour batter into molds, filling each about 3/4 inch deep.
  5. Bake about 30 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean from the center.
  6. For the filling, cream the butter and shortening.
  7. Slowly add the sugars while beating.
  8. Add the evaporated milk, vanilla and lemon extracts. Mix on medium speed until completely smooth and fluffy.
  9. When the cakes are done and cooled, use a toothpick to make three small holes in the bottom of each one. Move the toothpick around the inside of each cake to make room for filling.
  10. Using a pastry bag, inject each cake with filling through all three holes.



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I actually have a twinkie pan that would work perfectly for this recipe. It's a mold that makes 6 twinkies at a time. If you don't have one of those pans, then this recipe is very helpful! Also, whenever I have my homemade twinkies, I simply used a yellow boxed cake mix. I'd like to give this recipe a try but if you're pressed for time or don't have all of these ingredients, the regular cake mix works too!

I always thought I was a Twinky fan until I recently had one and didn't love the taste. I kept thinking it would taste better with a homemade version and now here one is! I'm not quite sure I can visualize the mold part where you put it over the bottle neck. I do wish there was a photo for that step. Has anyone made these yet and how is the taste and texture?


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