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Twinkie Cupcakes

(29 Votes)
MAKES
18
COOK TIME
15 Min

Our salute to the classic creamy snack cakes that became popular in the '60s, is real a crowd-pleaser. Bake a batch of our Twinkie Cupcakes that put a new spin on this old favorite.

What You'll Need:
  • 1 (18.25-ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 4 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 3 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
What To Do:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat 18 muffin cups with cooking spray.
     
  2. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, egg whites, water, vanilla, and lemon peel; mix well. Divide mixture equally into muffins cups.
     
  3. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely, then slice each cupcake in half horizontally.
     
  4. In another large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat confectioners' sugar and shortening until creamy, then beat in the heavy cream until smooth and fluffy.
     
  5. Spread equally over the bottom cupcake halves then replace tops. Serve, or cover and chill until ready to serve.
Notes

These taste better at room temperature, so if they've been refrigerated, allow them to return to room temperature before serving.

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Why do recipes call for a 18 oz. cake mix when they are only 15 oz.?

Great question and one that we get often. Over the last several years, manufacturers have decreased the amount of product in their packages. We have tested many of our recipes with the smaller boxes and fortunately we have found no difference in the end result. Thank you for your question and enjoy!

These are good but I have an even better recipe. Instead of splitting the cake and putting the filling in the middle, it's much better if you use a pastry bag and squeeze the filling into the top of the cupcake.

You suggest a link to a video, but there is nothing there. Searched video nothing. Then I went through every HOW TO video and found Twinkies but there is no film. WHAT's UP?

Oh no, we're sorry for the inconvenience! This video was taken down, so that we can create an updated version for you.

Loved it !!!

How many can I make?

Hey there! This recipe makes 18 servings! :)

Can't wait to make the frosting.

I am going to make this. Instead of slicing the twinkie, just use a plastic bag and add filling to the bag. Squeeze the filling on either end of the twinkie. This seems a lot neater, and less expensive especially if you are making quite a few of these.

Are you all telling me that you think Twinkie's filling has this proportion of shortening for 18 servings?

I extend cake mix by adding one extra egg, one cup sour cream, and one cup cake flour. works with any cake mix flavor. cakecentral.com

forgot .I Also add 1/2 cup of sugar.

What do these extras that these people are talking about adding to your box cake mixes supposed to do to your cake? I don't understand what it is or why you should do it? Can someone please explain it for me? Thank you, paintedsky65

I know we are just enabling the cake mix industry by doing this...... I found a web sight.... It is jillcataldo.com. She has a recipie for cake mix upsizer AND IT WORKS!!!!!! You take 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, 1 Cup sugar, 2 tsp baking powder, i/4 tsp baking soda. Mis is and put it in a mason jar or air tight container. When you use it just put 6 tbs of mix in with the box mix it works on ALL flavors. Jill is a genius check out her site she has great ideas. No matter how we complain these cake companies wont listen so we just have to outsmart them...even though we are still buying the product we gotta do what we gotta do.

This might help you to extend the cake mix. I got this from a cookbook years ago: Cake Mix Extender Add the following to a box mix to make 1 1/2 mixes. 1 cup flour 1/2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 egg 1/2 cup water ** I do like to use Cake flour too for this, but regular all purpose flour works just fine too. ** I just add all of the dry ingredients in with the box mix and stir it up with a whisk. You can sift this if you like, but I find the whisk works just as well and has less mess!

You may as well make the entire cake from scratch. If you need more than one cake mix, use two.

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The video makes it real easy. Thanks

sounds as good as a whoopie pie.

sounds great

There is no bonus video on the site, even under the notes section, as you suggested below. Pls post.

Since cake mixes are now 15.25 ounces, how do you adjust this recipe? Do you add flour?

ya need to go to Aldis . Theirs is still 18.25

unfortunately the cake mixes from Aldis also joined the rest of the dad blasted cake companies.... they are now 15.25 as well. I too would like to know how to adjust recipies for the difference as well.... I have whole cook book that does things with cake mixes and all the recipies ask for 18.25. HELP!!!!!

According to the news,the change will not harm your old recipes,I have found this to be true.

Where is the bonus video for the original twinkie shape?

Yeah, I'm wondering where it is also. ???

Sorry, just found it in the notes... :}

Use a double layer of foil, bend over 1/4 in on the top and bottom, form it around a spice bottle, make several. fill 2/3 with cake mix. put on cookie sheet or in an oven proof pan and bake. Let cool and you have your oval shape like a real twinkie. cut in half and fill with frosting, or use a turkey baster to make 3 holes and fill with frosting...works for me!

Looks terrific. I can't wait to make them for my lil grandbabies

plan to make these for a b-day party. A idea I learned from cooking show for gettiing a good cut with less crumbs is to use denta floss to cut with just wrap around the cake and cross the floss and pull

Can a whoopie pie tin be used for this recipe? kimall

looks great, have to try. Where is video on how to make original form?

Please look in the NOTES section of the recipe. Check out our special Test Kitchen "How To Make Homemade Twinkies" video! Click Here!

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