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Twinkie Cake

Dive into the simple joy of a no-bake Twinkie Cake, where easy prep meets delightful flavors with layers of Twinkies, vanilla pudding, bananas, and pineapple, all smothered in Cool Whip. This effortless dessert is topped with pecans and maraschino cherries, making it a fun and tasty treat for any occasion.

A slice of Twinkie cake on a spatula.


This is the best no-bake Twinkie cake recipe you’ll ever use. All of the cake layers work together perfectly! The main ingredients are bananas, pineapple, Twinkies, whipped cream, and nuts. Then, it’s all topped with super-sweet Maraschino cherries. Just like the filling in the Twinkies, the sweet vanilla pudding ties everything together. 

When you need a delicious dessert to serve at a party but don’t want to spend a lot of time baking, this is the answer for you! It will quickly become a personal favorite that you make at all your parties and dinners. 

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Why You’ll Love Twinkie Cake

  • Easy Dessert  – Prepare the ingredients, layer them in the dish, and let it set. It’s that easy! 
  • Popular no-bake dessert – The bright flavors burst from the cake. 
  • Creamy Filling – The middle of the cake has a filling similar to the center of a Twinkie. 
  • Perfect any time of year – this no-bake cake tastes amazing in any season. 
  • Sweet dessert – It’s so rich and bursting with sweet flavors without adding more sugar. You might be too full to eat a second slice. 

Ingredients

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    All of the ingredients are easy to find at the grocery store. Here is what you’ll need before you begin. 

    • Twinkies – This is the main ingredient and the star of the cake. 
    • Bananas – Use bananas that are ripe enough for you to slice them. 
    • Crushed Pineapple  – Canned juicy pineapple adds zesty, sweet flavors to the cake. 
    • Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix – The creamy pudding acts like the filling in the Twinkies. 
    • Cold Milk – You’ll use this to mix with the pudding mix. 
    • Cool Whip Topping – Whipped topping is part of the layers and will be the top layer. You can also make your own Cool Whip.
    • Pecans – These are optional, but they add saltiness and crunch to the cake. 
    • Maraschino Cherries – The bright red cherries are the perfect garnish. 
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    How to Make Twinkie Cake

    • Step One: Spread ¼ of the Cool Whip topping into the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish or a similar size. 
    • Step Two: Unwrap 7 Twinkies and slice each Twinkie cake in half, lengthwise.
    • Step Three: Line the sliced Twinkies into the baking dish.
    • Step Four: Place half of the sliced bananas on top of the Twinkie layer.
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    • Step Five: Whisk the pudding and milk together in a large mixing bowl until smooth.
    • Step Six: Pour the pudding over the bananas and spread evenly.
    • Step Seven: Spread the drained crushed pineapple on the pudding layer.
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    • Step Eight: Add the remaining sliced bananas to the pineapple layer.
    • Step Nine: Spread the remaining whipped cream on the banana layer.
    • Step Ten: Top with crushed nuts. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or overnight.
    Steps to make Twinkie cake.
    • Step Eleven: Slice and serve with maraschino cherries for garnish; enjoy!
    A slice of Twinkie cake on a plate.

    Equipment Needed

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    • 9×13 Baking Dish – This is the perfect-sized dish to hold all the ingredients. 
    • Whisk Mix the pudding and milk with a whisk or stand mixer. 
    • Large Mixing Bowl – The large bowl should be big enough to hold the pudding and milk. 
    • Knife – You’ll use this to slice the Twinkies and the bananas.
    • Rubber Spatula – This is gentle enough to spread the whipped cream. 
    • Lid or Plastic Wrap – You must cover the cake when you chill it. 

    What to Serve with Twinkie Cake

    The Twinkie cake is a great recipe to serve at parties, as dessert, or at potlucks! Serve it with the following desserts. 

    A slice of Twinkie cake on a plate.

    Variations and Substitutions

    • Marshmallow fluff instead of Cool Whip. Using something like marshmallow creme will make it taste even sweeter, so you might want to cut back on how much pineapple you add. 
    • Bundt pan instead of rectangle dish. This is a fun way to change the shape of the cake. 
    • Change it to a Strawberry Twinkie Cake recipe. Use strawberry Twinkies, and instead of pineapples and bananas, use sliced strawberries. 
    • Use heavy cream instead of whole milk. Or use your favorite dairy-free milk. 

    Storage Instructions 

    Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Do not freeze the cake. If you do, the texture will change too much. 

    Twinkie Cake Tips and Tricks

    • Be creative with the top of the cake. Add different types of garnish, like Clementine orange slices instead of cherries. 
    • Cover it with aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Keep the air off of it when it is in the refrigerator. 
    • Use a hand mixer with a whisk attachment. This will save you a lot of time. 
    • Use a large piping bag to add the vanilla cream filling (the whipped cream).

    What Are Twinkies? 

    Hostess Twinkies are a popular type of processed dessert sold in the snack section. They’re these yellow spongy cakes filled with a creamy vanilla filling. In America, they are super iconic and nostalgic. It’s like a bite-sized time machine back to childhood snacking! 

    Can I Make It Ahead?

    Yes, this is the perfect dessert to make ahead of time. It will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to three days. 

    A slice of Twinkie cake on a plate.

    FAQ

    Can I make this with yellow cake mix?

    You could replace the Twinkies with homemade Twinkies. You’d have to make a yellow sponge cake, fill it with vanilla filling, and then let it set before you slice it and add it to the no-bake cake. It’s a lot more work. 

    How long can I leave it at room temperature? 

     Do not leave it at room temperature for longer than an hour. After that, it becomes unsafe to eat. 

    How many servings does this make? 

    This recipe makes 12 servings, depending on how big you slice them.

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    3.63 from 8 votes

    Twinkie Cake

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 12
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Chill Time 1 hour
    Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
    Dive into the simple joy of a no-bake Twinkie Cake, where easy prep meets delightful flavors with layers of Twinkies, vanilla pudding, bananas, and pineapple, all smothered in Cool Whip. This effortless dessert is topped with pecans and maraschino cherries, making it a fun and tasty treat for any occasion.

    Ingredients
     
     

    • 1 box Twinkies you'll use about 7-8 Twinkies
    • 2-3 large ripe bananas thinly sliced
    • 1 can crushed pineapple 20oz can, juices drained
    • 1 box vanilla instant pudding mix 5.1oz box
    • 2 ½ cups cold milk
    • 12 oz Cool Whip topping thawed
    • ½ cup chopped pecans
    • Maraschino cherries for garnish

    Instructions

    • Spread ¼ of the Cool Whip topping into the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish or similar size.
    • Unwrap 7 Twinkies and slice each Twinkie cake in half, lengthwise.
    • Line the sliced Twinkies into the baking dish.
    • Place half of the sliced bananas on top of the Twinkie layer.
    • Whisk the pudding and milk together in a large mixing bowl until smooth.
    • Pour the pudding over the bananas and spread evenly.
    • Spread the drained crushed pineapple on top of the pudding layer.
    • Add the remaining sliced bananas on top of the pineapple layer.
    • Spread the remaining whipped cream on top of the banana layer.
    • Top with crushed nuts. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or overnight.
    • Slice and serve with maraschino cherries for garnish, enjoy!

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    Nutrition

    Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 92mg | Potassium: 256mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 171IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 0.3mg

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Dessert
    Cuisine American
    Keyword no-bake, twinkie cake

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