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Homemade Vs. Store-Bought: Twinkies

by Brenda Blanco

Ingredients

for 8 servings

  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • ¼ teaspoon
    cream of tartar
  • ¼ cup
    sugar (50 g)
  • ½ cup
    cake flour (50 g)
  • ¼ cup
    all-purpose flour (30 g)
  • ¼ teaspoon
    salt
  • 1 teaspoon
    baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons
    milk
  • 4 tablespoons
    salted butter, 1/2 stick
  • 1 tablespoon
    vanilla

Filling

  • 8 oz
    marshmallow fluff (225 g)
  • ⅓ cup
    milk (80 mL)

Special Equipment For DIY Molds

  • 8 square sheets tin foil, 12 in (30 cm) square sheet
  • 1 medium potato, or 1 small spice container

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Preparation

  1. Using a hand mixer, beat the egg whites in a large bowl until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and continue beating until soft peaks form.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat the egg yolks with a hand mixer. Add the sugar a bit at a time and beat until thickened. Add the yolk mixture to the egg whites.
  3. Sift the cake flour, all-purpose flour, salt, and baking powder and add to the egg whites. Gently fold until fully combined.
  4. Add the butter and milk to a bowl or glass measuring cup and microwave for 20 seconds, or until the butter melts completely. Add the butter mixture and the vanilla to the batter and gently mix.
  5. If you have the Twinkie machine, you can simply pour in the batter and follow the machine’s instructions.
  6. If you’re not using the Twinkie machine to bake your Twinkies, preheat the oven at 350ºF (180ºC).
  7. If you are using DIY molds, grab a sheet of tin foil, fold it in half, then in half again, and, using a small container or other Twinkie-shaped item, mold the foil into an oblong shape. Trim the excess foil around the edges. Repeat to make 8-10 molds total.
  8. Fill the molds halfways and bake for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  9. If you are using a Twinkie baking pan, fill each indent halfway and bake for about 13 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a cake comes out clean. Let the cakes cool down.
  10. To make the filling, mix the marshmallow fluff and milk in a large bowl. Microwave for 20 seconds, then set aside to cool.
  11. Once the cakes are done, let cool. Fill a pastry bag with the filling. Use the tip to make 3 small holes in each cake, and squeeze in the filling.
  12. Enjoy!
 

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