How to Make Your Own Twinkies at Home Slideshow

The Shape

Emily Jacobs

The first hurdle in creating a Twinkie is getting that rectangular shape. Although there aren't many baking pans out there that provide that shape, we figured out an easy way to achieve it without making a trip to the store. Using some aluminum foil and a spice jar, we formed little "Twinkie molds" to bake our treats in.

The Batter

Emily Jacobs

The next step in creating a Twinkie was figuring out what kind of batter we wanted to make. Everyone can agree that Twinkies are more than just yellow cake mix, and we decided that they’re most closely related to a pound cake, and so we wrote a recipe based off that. A little bit of cream of tartar mixed into the batter provides that moist, silky texture we all love about Twinkies.

Filling the Twinkie

Emily Jacobs

Once our Twinkies were baked, we had to figure out a way to fill them. We took wooden skewers and used the blunt end to poke two holes in the bottom of the cakes. 

The Icing

Emily Jacobs

For the icing, we mixed together a simple combination of margarine, shortening, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. We then transferred the icing to a piping bag that had a ¼-inch tip and piped the icing into the little holes that we made.

The Result

Emily Jacobs

Our Twinkies recipe was a success, and we were able to breathe a sigh of relief while watching news reports about Twinkies going extinct. Not only does our recipe taste like the real thing, but we’re happy to say that it’s healthier, too, as it's made in the comfort of our own kitchen without any additives. 

Click here to see the Homemade Twinkies Recipe