These look like Twinkies®, but taste way better than the real deal...and they're better cold/frozen!

Tyler
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Ingredients

25
Original recipe yields 25 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Cake:
Filling:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 10x15 inch jelly roll pans.

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  • Beat the eggs until combined; stir in the melted butter. Add the water, pudding mix, and yellow cake mix, stirring well to combine. The batter will be very thick. Divide the batter between the prepared pans, spreading it evenly.

  • Bake until the cakes spring back when pressed lightly with a finger or a tester comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool completely on wire racks.

  • To make the filling, combine the room-temperature butter, cream cheese, and confectioners' sugar. Beat until smooth. Stir in the whipped topping and vanilla extract.

  • When the cakes are cool, spread the filling mixture on top of one cake layer. Place the second cake layer on top of the first, and cut into bars. Wrap each bar in plastic wrap and store in the freezer.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

344.7 calories; 2.8 g protein; 48.8 g carbohydrates; 59.6 mg cholesterol; 311 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2010
Okay...these are incredible! Only change I MADE was with the filling. Everyone raved over the filling ,,,use all listed ingredients EXEPT the cream cheese...Taste it before adding the cheese andI really think you will LOVE IT!!!!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/19/2012
Sorry but these did not remind me of twinkles. They were okay but nothing I would make again. Read More
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54 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 33
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2010
Okay...these are incredible! Only change I MADE was with the filling. Everyone raved over the filling ,,,use all listed ingredients EXEPT the cream cheese...Taste it before adding the cheese andI really think you will LOVE IT!!!!!! Read More
(57)
Rating: 4 stars
06/26/2009
These are quite tasty!! I had to give them a 4 star for now just because the filling was a might too sweet for my taste--even though most of the others tasting these enjoyed them as they were. I will definitely make them again but decrease the amount of powdered sugar by at least 1 cup. I tested them before freezing and after. Much better after they have been frozen--The texture and flavors are better. I used parchement paper as a liner for the baking pan with great results. This allowed me to bake one cake pull it right out of the pan onto a cooling rack and then bake the second 1/2 of the cake portion of the recipe--since I only have one jelly roll pan at this time. I like the idea from Kathy W's review to use them as a shortcake base. Read More
(38)
Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2009
OMG!! This was delish! We were having friends over for dinner and I saw this recipe and decided to try it. Everyone loved it. I didn't change anything to the recipe itself but we had strawbwerries in our garden that were ripe and ready to pick so I used the twinkie as the base for strawberry shortcake. Very good but very fattening! Thanks Tyler I will make this again and again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/26/2011
I only used 4 oz cream cheese and 2 oz butter to 4 cups of icing sugar I was concerned about it tasting too cheesy. I used 2 recipes of stabilized whipped cream for the Cool Whip. The Twinkies were good very rich the kids loved it. Next time 2 oz cream cheese 2 oz butter and 2 1/2 cups icing sugar to 8 oz stabilized whipped cream instead of 16 oz. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2011
I made these for valentines day for my kids so I cut into heart shapes using a cookie cutter. They were very easy to make. and the filling is so yummy! I did cut the filling recipe in half as other reviewers said there was too much. I did still have some left over but maybe next time I'll pipe more in. I will be making these again. I like the fact they held the cookie cutter shapes well! can't wait to try other shapes for different holidays! Thanks for a great recipe. I don't know who likes them more the adults or the kids! Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2010
OMG! These were such a hit at my party!!! I wouldn't change a thing. You can freeze any unused filling and use it in other recipes later. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/15/2009
I would give this one 5 stars but it was way too much work for me. Also I ended up with too much filling that I had to throw away. I think the filling mixture should be cut in half. Other than that it was very very good and I didn't change a thing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2013
Since I baked these as pseudo "Twinkies" in a mini loaf pan (8 ct. - baked for 18 minutes) and "Sunny Doodles" cupcakes (12 - baked for 15 minutes) I wanted these to taste as close to Twinkies as possible I took the advice of "troysgrl" and omitted the cream cheese in the filling completely. I also took the advice of others and cut the filling recipe in half. It was way more than enough (too much!) to fill 12 cupcakes and 8 Twinkie-like little loaves. The cake was spot on though and the filling delicious with the omission of the cream cheese. Do let these get cold in the refrigerator before eating. Thanks Tyler for a great base recipe. I will try other variations in the future. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2012
I plan on getting the canoe style muffin or cupcake pans. Then instead of cream cheese I will use a pudding recipe that I use for "Pistachio Cake" icing. Any flavor pudding will work I think. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/19/2012
Sorry but these did not remind me of twinkles. They were okay but nothing I would make again. Read More
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