Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Twinkie Cake

No, it's not a cake that tastes like a Twinkie. It's a cake made out of Twinkies!  Yes, it sounds perfectly sinful.  And it is.  But it's kinda healthy, it's got pineapple and bananas in it and it even has cherries too.  That's healthy, right?  And better yet, no baking involved!  So if baking isn't really your thing and you need a sweet potluck dish, then this one is for you. And it is always fun to see people's reaction when you tell them it is made from Twinkies. People are surprised at first...then they are in love...
Ingredients:
1 box of Twinkies 
4 Bananas, peeled and sliced
1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapples (drained well)
1 box (3 oz.) Instant Vanilla Pudding
2 cups cold milk
1 tub (8 oz.) Whipped Topping, thawed
Maraschino cherries and chopped nuts, for topping


 Directions:
Remove Twinkies from the wrappers. You'll use about 7 Twinkies. 
Although, I think I've made this a few times before where I ended up using 8.  Must've been the way I sliced them.  Place sliced Twinkies in a 9 x 13 pan, cream side up.
 Next, layer sliced bananas on top of Twinkies.
 Now spread the crushed pineapples on top of the bananas.
 In a separate bowl, combine instant pudding mix with 2 cups of cold milk. Whisk it together until combined and allow it to thicken slightly. It should take 3-5 minutes. You want it just a bit thickened, but still pourable.
 Pour pudding over crushed pineapple.
 Spread it out so it is evenly coated.
Now spread the whipped topping over the pudding layer.
 This next part is optional (but I think it makes it look pretty).
Drain a few maraschino cherries on a paper towel.
Sprinkle chopped nuts on top of cake. Then place a few cherries on top.
Cover and store cake in the fridge. Let it set for about an hour before serving.
Cook's Note: If you cannot find Twinkies where you live or you want to try another variation, you can always use sliced pound cake or sponge cake for the bottom layer.

Enjoy!

35 comments:

Aimee said...

My mom makes this, I forgot all about it. Yummy!

Annie Oakley's Kitchen said...

Wow! This one is oh so wrong but yet oh so right.

Brooks at Cakewalker said...

Brandie, in my wildest dreams I'd have never thought of this and once again you challenge me to think out of the box! The succession of photos clearly depicts the yummy flavor profiles...and from my 'by scratch' vantage point, I'd jump off of Santa's nice list to the naughty list to try this recipe. Brava!

Kiri W. said...

I have to admit - I am suspicious. I grew up in Germany, without twinkies and the like, and I to this day haven't dared try one. The consistency kind of freaks me out, haha. Interesting application, for sure though! It looks very pretty!

The Country Cook said...

If you're hesitant about Twinkies, you can always use sliced pound cake! :)

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts said...

What a fun cake! Never would have turned Twinkies into another cake - yum!

mellissina2 said...

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Steve @ the black peppercorn said...

Oh my - this cake is a cracker! My kids would LOVE this - heck I would love it. Thanks for posting this. I am definitely gonna try it and I am not averse to Twinkies at all!

Becky said...

Who new that you could make a dessert out of Twinkies? Amazing. and it looks so good.

Jana said...

Can't wait to try this.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

All I can say is WOW! What a winning combination!

Happy When Not Hungry said...

This cake looks delicious! So creative too!

Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen said...

MMM I just love twinkies! What a fantastic idea. Thank you :)

Sandra said...

Perfect for when you are short on time and, and patience!

The Better Baker said...

YOWZA! What a simple, creative and delicious idea! Gotta be healthy for sure! Thanks much for sharing...I need to go wipe the drool off my face now.

Jay said...

wow..looks irresistably hearty n divine..
thanks for sharing ..:)
Tasty Appetite

scratch-made wife said...

Once I saw this on Twitter I couldn't help myself; I had to see the recipe. Now, you know I shouldn't be eating something like this, so I won't say I'm going to try this one out, but I wish I could! I used to love Twinkies. So. Much. Trouble. Thanks for making me drool. ;)

Jerri said...

Oh! Now THAT looks yummy!

I hope you plan to come by today for our Holly Bloggy Christmas Edition of Friday Favorites!

aina said...

whts the substitute of cool whip? can i use double cream/single cream n whisk it up. will it give the same result?

The Country Cook said...

Aina, you could use double cream. Just as if you are making whipped cream. Here in America, we use one cup (225 grams) of heavy whipping cream (similar to double cream) and whip it until thick. Be careful not to overwhip though. Double cream has more fat than our heavy whipping cream so it may turn into butter quicker. As it starts to thicken add in about 1/4 cup (56 grams) of powdered sugar (or icing sugar) to sweeten the whipped cream. I hope that helps!

Anonymous said...

I made this cake last weekend and it was a huge hit with everyone. I needed to make smaller desserts so I split the cake into two 8x8 pans one to take to my sons and the other stayed home for dinner with family.
Thanks for sharing
Taylor

The Country Cook said...

Taylor, thank you so much for coming back to tell me how it turned out for you. Such a clever idea to split it up into to baking dishes. Love that!!

Anonymous said...

I made this for our small group potluck after church this weekend. It is so simple and pretty. I used a large box of instant pudding instead of the small one. Also added some chocolate sprinkles to the top with the nuts and cherries. Beautiful!

Karan said...

I have done this cake a couple times and taken to work. Now I am retired and there is just hubby and me at home I miss doing it. It was just so good.

I just may have to halve the recipe and make us one.

Karan

Lynn's Life said...

ur recipe looks like an easier version of my EX sister in law's "banana split cake"
BTW i was thinking if u sliced ur bananas leanthwise,the cake would hold together better & i bet it would be loads easier 2 spread the pineapples. im always thinking,lol.
btw i love,love,love ur blog,brandie!

R Dawn said...

I made the twinkie cake for our Easter Dessert. BIG hit! Everyone loved it. Easy too! Thanks

Unknown said...

I just wanted to thank you for this wonderful recipe, I made it and took it to a bbq last night and it was a big hit, even my husband who wanted me to make something different because he said he didn't like Twinkies loved it. I love your page its great thanks again.

Penny said...

This looks great! I think I will try it with coconut instead of the pineapple with chocolate sprinkles on top. Also, one with chocolate pudding and mandarin oranges, YUM!

Anonymous said...

Well what'll we do now that they no longer make twinkie's???? LOL

Gottcha3 said...

I'm so sad. Now I have to figure out how to make my own twinkies!

Brandie S. said...

You can actually find lots of other Twinkie versions out there now. Tastycake came out with their own Twinkie version recently and I think it tastes very good! Also, most stores have their versions of a Twinkie as well so there are lots of options for this still :)

Major Mom said...

I think I will be trying this later this week for a picnic with Dave's new office.

Major Mom said...

I think I will be making this for a pot luck picnic on Thursday! Thanks for the idea...

DeAnna Gonzales said...

I'll try to make it I don't know if the twinkles will make it. .... They're a dessert all on their own!!! Yummy.!!!!

Denise Mayer said...

Making this for our 4th ofJuly barbeque. Actually it's so easy the kids will be making.