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No-Bake Twinkie Cake (+Video)

Twinkie Cake is a no-bake dessert that is a cross between a banana split and a shortcake. Layers of Twinkies, bananas, pudding and Cool Whip!

A FUN NO-BAKE DESSERT

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!

slice of Twinkie Cake on a small round white plate.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE SOMETHING ELSE FOR THE TWINKIES?

You can also use sliced pound cake or sponge cake for the bottom layer. 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!

close up photo of a slice of Twinkie Cake on a small round white plate.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • Twinkies
  • bananas
  • crushed pineapple
  • instant vanilla pudding
  • milk
  • whipped topping (COOL WHIP)
  • maraschino cherries and chopped nuts
Twinkies, bananas, crushed pineapples, instant vanilla pudding, milk, whipped topping (COOL WHIP), maraschino cherries and chopped nuts.

HOW TO MAKE TWINKIE CAKE:

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 9×13 pan, cream side up

cream side up sliced Twinkies in a 9X13 baking pan.

Next, layer sliced bananas on top of Twinkies.

sliced fresh bananas on top of sliced Twinkies in a baking pan.

Spread the crushed pineapples on top of the bananas.

crushed pineapple spread on top of sliced 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.

instant pudding spread on top of pineapple and bananas.

Next, spread the whipped topping over the pudding layer. Drain a few maraschino cherries on a paper towel.

whipped topping spread over banana and pineapple layer.

Sprinkle chopped nuts on top of cake. Then place a few cherries on top.

Layered Twinkie Cake topped with chopped nuts and maraschino cherries.

Cover and store cake in the fridge. Let it set for about an hour before serving.

forkful of Twinkie Cake with full baking dish in the background.

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No Bake Twinkie Cake

No-Bake Twinkie Cake (+Video)

Twinkie Cake is a no-bake dessert that is a cross between a banana split and a shortcake. Layers of Twinkies, bananas, pudding and Cool Whip!
4.85 from 39 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 1 box Twinkies
  • 4 bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 20 ounce can crushed pineapple, drained well
  • 3 ounce box INSTANT vanilla pudding
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 8 ounce tub whipped topping (COOL WHIP), thawed
  • maraschino cherries and chopped nuts, for topping

Instructions

  • Remove Twinkies from the wrappers. You'll use about 7 Twinkies. Slice them in half.
  • Place sliced Twinkies in a 9×13-inch pan, cream side up.
  • Next, layer sliced bananas on top of Twinkies.
  • 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. It should be thickened but pourable. 
  • Pour pudding over crushed pineapple. Spread out until evenly coated.
  • Next, spread the whipped topping over the pudding layer.
  • Sprinkle chopped nuts on top of cake.
  • Drain a few maraschino cherries on a paper towel. Then, place a few cherries on top.
  • Cover and store cake in the fridge. Let it set for about an hour before serving.

Video

Notes

  • Instead of Twinkies, you can always use sliced pound cake or sponge cake for the bottom layer.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 210mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Originally published: December 2011
Updated & republished: July 2019

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67 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Made your Twinkie cake, my family love love love it. I added sliced strawberries after the banana pudding then the cool whip with a few half strawberries on top. I have given you rec., out to family and friends. I tell them to look up The Country Cook !

  2. 4 stars
    I have made this twice and it has been well received! MORE Twinkies please! Lol. I wish the cake (Twinkies) were thicker! Do you think this recipe could be doubled into two layers of everything? I have a clear deep dish 9×13 glass pan… what do you think?

    1. Hey Marsha! I swear Twinkies have gotten smaller since I first shared this recipe in 2011. It must be that shrinkflation! I haven’t tried it myself but I think it could work. If you try it – please come back and let me know!

  3. 5 stars
    This is going to be our Easter dessert. This is so much easier than making the original Banana Split Cake and my family thinks it tastes exactly the same. I’m going to stand a Peep Bunny by each cherry and voila! EASTER !

  4. 5 stars
    I noticed that this recipe has been posted for quite a while. Now with all of Twinkie varieties, and even Zingers would work. Again, so many possibilities for flavor combinations with this.