Childhood Favorites – Twinkie Cupcakes

The twinkie is timeless and almost as American as Apple Pie. This tasty treat was never in my house however (we were an Entenmann’s kind of house). Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever had a twinkie before (shocking yes). So it’s time to make my own! Since I do not have a twinkie shaped pan, I will be making Twinkie cupcakes instead!

Twinkie Cupcakes

If you have a twinkie shaped pan, more power to ya! Make those handmade twinkies!


For the Vanilla Cake:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut or almond milk
  • 1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Cream Center:

  • 2/3 cup vegan shortening (Earth Balance)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup almond milk (or soy or coconut)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Line a cupcake pan with your favorite cupcake liners.
  3. Beat the eggs and sugar for one minute until slightly thickened.
  4. Mix in other ingredients, just blending until combined.
  5. Divide batter between the cupcake liners.
  6. Bake for half an hour, until puffed and golden brown, and when you insert a toothpick into the cake it comes out clean.
  7. Cool cupcakes in pan, then remove to a wire rack to completely cool. They need to be completely cool before filling with the cream center.
  8. Transfer cupcakes to a cutting board.
  9. While your cupcakes are cooling, make your cream center.
  10. Mix all the ingredients EXCEPT for the powdered sugar for 6-7 minutes.
  11. Then add the confectioners sugar and beat for another 5 minutes.
  12. Once the cupcakes are cooled, punch holes in the BOTTOM of them. Use your finger, or better yet, the kind of vegetable peeler that is also useful for coring apples and punch holes in the tops of the cupcakes. Be careful not to go all the way through!!
  13. Put the cream filling in a plastic bag, cut the tip (only a little bit!) and pipe filling into the holes.
  14. Flip back over and dollop with a little cream filling for garnish (optional of course)
  15. GOBBLE UP!

Kwegyirba Croffie is a freelance Associate Producer at News 12 Connecticut and a Special Events/Event Planning and Social Media Intern at College Lifestyles (TM). She is a Quinnipiac University alumni and a sister of Alpha Delta Pi. She enjoy cupcakes,Broadway musicals, Forever 21 ,giraffes, peacock feathers, orchids, lillies and anything Disney.