Best Strawberry Twinkie Cake Recipe

*Note: Although Hostess Twinkies are again being made, there is no promise they will stick around forever. However, you can usually find golden, cream-filled cakes at the store. You may need to purchase a generic variety or use pound cake and heavy whipping cream. Also, please share any tips you find for recreating the Twinkie taste for this recipe by commenting below.

twinkie cake ingredientsOne of my family’s favorite treats is Strawberry Twinkie Cake. This is a really simple recipe to prepare, so I thought I’d take pictures as I made it today and share with you. I actually have made this recipes dozens of times, yet I almost messed up. You will notice in the picture to the right that there is no milk or instant vanilla pudding pictured. I never cook from a recipe, but from my memory and I completely forgot those two items until later in the process.

Honestly? I blame it on the Twinkie adventure I was on earlier in the day. I had to go to four different stores to find a box of Twinkies. I don’t know if there was an after-Easter run on Hostess products or what was going on, but Kroger, CVS and Meijer were all out of Twinkies. I finally found a box at Jay-C, a local small grocery store owned by Kroger.

Best Strawberry Twinkie Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1-box Twinkies
  • 1-carton fresh strawberries
  • 1-container of strawberry glaze (should be near the strawberries)
  • 1-package of instant vanilla pudding
  • 2-cups 2% milk (you can use whole if that is what you have on hand)
  • 1-container of frozen whipped topping (thaw before putting cake together)
  • Paring knife
  • 9 x 13 Rectangular pan
  • Aluminum foil
  • Mixing bowl
  • 2-spoons

Instructions

  1. Detailed instructions are below if you are not clear how to make this dish, but basically:
  2. Unwrap Twinkies and cut them long ways.
  3. Layer in pan
  4. Mix vanilla pudding and pour over Twinkies.
  5. Add strawberry and gel mixture.
  6. Top with whipped cream.
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Prepare the Twinkies

twinkie packages

Unwrap each Twinkie from its wrapper and slice in half vertically as shown in the picture to the right. This is my method. Some people choose to rip the Twinkies into small pieces, cut them into chunks or leave them whole. I like having the base crust of a Twinkie. That is my person choice. Please feel free to experiment with the recipe and make it your own. That is what makes cooking so much fun!

 

cut apart twinkies

This is what the cut apart Twinkies look like.

Laying the Twinkies in the Pan

 

twinkie layoutMy next step is to lay those cut Twinkies in the pan. Personally, I like to lay them in as soon as I cut them, but some people choose to cut all the Twinkies and then place them in the pan. I don’t do that, because I always have a spare Twinkie or two left over and once they are out of their wrappers they go stale. So, I line the complete bottom of a glass pan with Twinkies. I do not line the dish wish anything first. The Twinkies don’t stick too much to glass. They do tend to stick to metal, though, so if you use a metal pan, you may want to coat it ever so lightly with butter or oil.

Prepare the Strawberries

berriesWash your container of strawberriesand blot them dry. Use the paring knife to slice off the top of the strawberry and then create slices as pictured to the right. Again, this is my method, because it creates the ability to get a strawberry in nearly every bite. Some choose chunks, halved berries, etc. You can also choose to reserve a few for garnish on the top of the finished cake, if you’d like.

Approximate Thickness of Berry Slices

berry thickness

Approximate thickness of my berry slices.

In a Glaze

berry glazeOnce you have the Twinkies cut and in the pan, your hard work is over. Now, this next part I did out of order, but my cake turned out just fine and I’m going to be true to the recipe I made today. Normally, I mix up the pudding and pour over the Twinkies, then the strawberries and glaze, etc. The order really doesn’t matter between the two. The taste was the same.

So, mix your strawberries and your strawberry glaze in a small bowl.

Pour the Glaze onto the Twinkies

glaze step

Pour the glaze and strawberry mixture onto the Twinkies and spread evenly from edge to edge.

Ruh-Roh!

cool whipAs I snapped this picture, my brain kicked into gear and I realized I didn’t even have the instant pudding out much less on the cake. I panicked and ran to my pantry and pulled out a box. Thankfully, I keep a pretty good stockpile of basic things I use often (at least three of each), so I had a box on hand, or we might have had a brand new recipe today.

Mix up a batch of Vanilla Instant Pudding

instant vanilla pudding

I use my blender to mix up instant pudding. Pour in 2 cups of cold milk, add the powder and give it a whir.

Pour the pudding over Twinkies and spread evenly…

twinkie cake

Today, I pour this over the Twinkies and strawberries and I really loved the way it all mixed together even better than normal.

Top with Whipped Topping

twinkie cake toppingThe whipped topping goes on over the pudding and strawberries as a sort of “icing.” Just blob it randomly across the top and then spread out. You can use regular whipped topping, light (my choice) or even sugar or fat free. I personally don’t believe it impacts the taste at all, but your experience may vary.

My family was chomping at the bit to eat this dessert, so I didn’t allow mine to thaw completely. This makes it hard to spread, but it will pick up some of the glace and pudding and create this neat pattern here and there. You can’t really see it in the pictures, but it’s pretty.

Finished Strawberry Twinkie Cake

finished twinkie cakeIf you are taking this dish to a gathering, you can place some strawberry slices on top to pretty it up. It needs to be covered with aluminum foil (or plastic wrap) and placed in the refrigerator for a minimum of two hours. It is really best if you can let it sit overnight.

So, in hindsight, this isn’t the most gorgeous strawberry Twinkie cake I’ve ever made, but as my daughter and her friend said, “What difference does it make? All we care about is how it tastes and how much of it there is to eat.”

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Crabby Housewife

Author: Crabby Housewife

Lori is a full-time housewife and writer, living in the Midwest with her husband of 26 years and her two daughters. They have a house full of pets and her house is never quite perfect.

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