Strawberry Twinkie Cake

Strawberry Twinkie Cake is a make-ahead potluck dessert perfect for Spring and Summer using Twinkies and fresh strawberries. It’s made in a 9-inch springform pan so you can slice it like a cake.

Strawberry Twinkie Cake

 

I think Twinkies taste ok on their own, but so much batter when combined with a creamy filling and fresh strawberries.

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Strawberry Twinkie Cake

Strawberry Twinkie Cake is super easy to make. The Twinkies and strawberries get layered together with a creamy mixture of cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, and Cool Whip. Feel free to whip up some fresh whipped cream if you want to use that instead of Cool Whip.

And I also add a little almond extract for flavor. Be careful, because a little goes a long way when it comes to almond extract.

Strawberry Twinkie Cake

In addition to sliced fresh strawberries, I also add a layer of strawberry puree in the middle for more strawberry flavor.

Make Strawberry Twinkie Cake at least a couple of hours in advance and up to 2 days ahead of time. It makes a creamy and refreshing warm weather dessert.

Strawberry Twinkie Cake

3 from 2 votes
Strawberry Twinkie Cake
Prep Time
2 hrs 10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 25 mins
 

Strawberry Twinkie Cake makes the perfect spring dessert. Twinkies, fresh strawberries, and strawberry puree are layered with a creamy mixture of cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, and Cool Whip.

Course: Dessert
Servings: 12
Ingredients
  • 4 heaping cups sliced strawberries, divided
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 a (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 12 twinkies
  • 2 (8-ounce) conatiners Cool Whip, defrosted (or equivalent amount of homemade whipped cream)
Instructions
  1. Line a 9-inch springform pan with plastic wrap.

  2. Place 2 heaping cup strawberries and sugar in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes or until thickened. Smash strawberries with a fork as they cook. Let cool.

  3. Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, and almond extract until smooth. Fold in 1 cup of Cool Whip and set aside.

  4. Arrange 4 twinkies in prepared pan in the shape of an "X". See pictures above for reference. Cut 2 twinkies in half and fit them in the open spaces.

  5. Fill cracks with half the remaining sliced strawberries.

  6. Spread half of the cream cheese mixture on top of twinkies, being sure to fill all the open spaces with it.

  7. Spread cooled strawberry/sugar mixture on top.

  8. Repeat with another layer of Twinkies, filling the cracks with remaining sliced strawberries and then spreading remaining cream cheese mixture on top.

  9. Cover with plastic wrap, gently pressing down to compact everything slightly.

  10. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

  11. Remove cake from springform pan and use scissors to cut plastic wrap away.

  12. Spread Cool Whip on top and sides. You probably won't need to use all of it.

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2 thoughts on “Strawberry Twinkie Cake

  1. This did not set up, even after 24 hours in the fridge. It was an expensive, sugary processed mess. I don’t know what I was thinking making it :-/

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