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Easy Strawberry Twinkie Cake Recipe

This simple dessert combines two amazing treats into one layered cake! Learn how to make a strawberry Twinkie cake with homemade frosting.

You are going to love this shortcut layered cake! You don’t have to layer cake at all – the Twinkies become the layers. When you slice into it, it looks like a pink and white cake with white frosting in the middle. It tastes divine too!

A square slice of strawberry Twinkie cake with homemade frosting and a slice of strawberry on top.

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What Is A Twinkie Cake

A Twinkie cake is basically a really easy hack that makes a layered cake in just minutes. Instead of baking multiple cakes and layering them on top of each other with frosting, you just place Twinkies inside the strawberry cake batter.

It’s a really fun way for kids to make the cake too! They love placing the twinkies in the pink cake batter.

How To Make An Easy Strawberry Twinkie Cake

All of the exact steps are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. First, I am going to share some extra tips – including the tools that made this cake even easier to bake.

Tools and Supplies Needed

These are the tools that really sped up the entire cake-making process.

Ingredients

All the ingredient amounts are listed in the printable recipe card. Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll need from the store.

A square slice of strawberry Twinkie cake with homemade frosting and a slice of strawberry on top. The strawberry cake is sitting on a white dessert plate with a dish of strawberries in the background.

Strawberry Twinkie Cake Tips

If you are ready to bake the cake, then scroll on down to the recipe card. First, I’m going to share a few extra tips. These are questions people usually ask, see if your question made the list!

How do you prevent the cake from sticking to the pan?

I spray with Pam baking spray. Any type of non-stick spray will work. I have also heard of people spreading melted butter in the pan and then dusting it with flour.

You could also line your baking dish with parchment paper.

Place Twinkies In Layers

When you add the Twinkies to the cake batter in the pan, do it in layers – as if you are making a layered cake.

So, pour half of the cake batter in the bottom of the dish first. Then, place the Twinkies in the batter. Then, cover the Twinkies with the other half of the batter.

Bake The Cake

It usually takes 30-40 minutes for the cake to bake. You’ll know it is finished when you insert a toothpick into the center of the cake and it comes out clean.

Let it cool off completely before adding the frosting.

How To Make Homemade Strawberry Frosting

While you are waiting for the cake to cool off, make the homemade frosting. I prefer to make buttercream frosting at home because it has the best taste and spreads on really smooth.

I always use a stand mixer. If you don’t have one, get one. It is so much easier to mix everything when the mixer does all the work.

How To Make Homemade Whipped Cream Topping

The last step is to make some whipped cream! You’ll definitely want a stand mixer for this part. You need to beat the heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar together until stiff peaks form. This takes quite a bit of time and it’s easier to just set the stand mixer and let it work.

Decorate With Whipped Cream and Strawberries

When it’s ready, scoop the whipped cream into a piping bag. If you don’t have a piping bag, you can use a Ziploc bag and just snip the end off of one of the corners.

Pipe little dollops of whipped cream onto your cake and top with fresh, sliced strawberries.

How To Store Strawberry Cake With Homemade Frosting

Since you made homemade frosting, you’ll need to keep this cake refrigerated. It’s best to cover it completely too, in order to seal out the air.

It will stay fresh in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Strawberry Twinkie Cake

This strawberry twinkie cake is a combination of your two favorite desserts.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy dessert, strawberry cake, twinkie cake
Servings: 15 people

Equipment

  • 9×13 Baking Dish
  • Standing Mixer
  • Piping Bag
  • Star Piping Tip

Ingredients

Strawberry Cake

  • 1 box Strawberry Cake Mix
  • 1 cup Water
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/3 cup Canola Oil
  • 1 box Twinkies unwrapped

Strawberry Frosting

  • 1 cup Butter unsalted sweet cream, softened
  • 1 cup Strawberries diced into small pieces
  • 3 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 4 tbsp Heavy Whipping Cream

Whipped Cream

  • 1/2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/4 cup Powdered Sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray the baking dish with pam baking spray.
  • Using a large bowl, beat the strawberry cake mix, water, eggs and canola oil until combined and smooth.
  • Pour half of the batter into the baking dish.
  • Place 8 unwrapped twinkies into the strawberry cake batter.
  • Pour remaining batter over the twinkies.
  • Bake in the oven for 30 – 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center.
  • Allow to cool completely. Make the strawberry frosting and apply it to the cake.

Strawberry Frosting

  • Using a standing mixer, beat all ingredients together until combined and smooth.
  • Spread the frosting smoothly onto the top of the cake. Next, make the whipped cream and add it to the cake.

Whipped Cream Directions

  • Using a medium bowl, beat the heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar together until stiff peaks form.
  • Scoop into the piping bag.
  • Pipe dollops of whipped cream onto the cake.
  • Top with fresh sliced strawberries.
  • Cut and serve!

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Hi, I’m Susan! Thanks for stopping by Oh My! Creative. I like to have fun, make fun things…you know, create stuff! I love DIY, decorating and design and like any girl…shopping and lunch!
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