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Twinkie Bundt Cake

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Serves 10

  • by Shauna Sever from Pure Vanilla

This cake is essentially an enormous from-scratch version of the iconic American snack cake, with the vanilla flavor amplified and made with pronounceable ingredients. It's golden and terrifically moist, and its cream-filled cross-section is an instant joy-inducer.

For the cake
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 Tbs. baking powder
  • 3⁄4 tsp. table salt
  • 6 Tbs. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 Tbs. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs plus 4 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
For the cream filling
  • 1 (7.5-oz.) jar marshmallow crème
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting (optional)
To make the cake

Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat oven to 325°F. Coat a 12-cup Bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray and dust it lightly with flour.

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and vanilla extract on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add sugar and beat until evenly mixed, about 1 minute. Slowly pour in oil. Beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs and egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition.

Reduce mixer speed to low. Stir in flour mixture and buttermilk in three alternating additions, ending with the buttermilk, and continue to mix on low speed until batter is smooth and no lumps remain. Turn off mixer and fold batter several times by hand to ensure everything is well incorporated, and then pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake for 60 to 70 minutes, until the cake is golden, the top springs back when lightly pressed, and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Place pan on a wire rack and let cool completely, about 2 hours.

To make the filling

For the filling, in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together marshmallow crème and butter until smooth. Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip.

With the cake still in the pan, use a paring knife or an apple corer to cut 6 or 7 deep holes into the bottom of the cake, each about 3⁄4 inch in diameter; be careful not to cut through top of cake. Discard (i.e., nibble) cake scraps. With your fingers, gently burrow a horizontal tunnel around the center of the cake, connecting the vertical holes.

Insert the tip of the pastry bag into each hole and squeeze in filling, tilting pastry bag back and forth as you work to encourage filling into the horizontal tunnel through the cake. When cake is filled, use a spatula to scrape away excess filling from the bottom of the cake. Quickly and carefully invert cake onto a serving platter. Dust with confectioners’ sugar, if desired, and serve.

Photo: Leigh Beisch

I would love to try making this cake but I'm discouraged by the method of how to fill it. It sounds so tricky. I love twinkies, especially the filing, but don't really eat those too much 'coz I'm worried of the preservatives that it contains. I might just still give this cake a go one of these days. :-)

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