Deep Fried Twinkies - Dee Dee's Recipe

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Deep Fried Twinkies - Dee Dee's

Diane Hopson Smith


A deep-fried Twinkie involves freezing the cake, dipping it into batter, and deep-frying it to create a variation on the traditional snack cake. It was described by The New York Times story in this way: "Something magical occurs when the pastry hits the hot oil. The creamy white vegetable shortening filling liquefies, impregnating the sponge cake with its luscious vanilla flavor... The cake itself softens and warms, nearly melting, contrasting with the crisp, deep-fried crust in a buttery and suave way. The pièce de résistance, however, is a ruby-hued berry sauce, adding a tart sophistication to all that airy sugary goodness". The Texas State Fair had introduced the fried Twinkie to great popular acclaim, and the notion spread to other state fairs across the U.S., as well as some establishments that specialize in fried foods. Fried Twinkies are sold throughout the U.S. in fairs as well as ball games.

Pièce de résistance (French pronunciation: [pj?s d? ?ezist??s]) is a French term (circa 1839), translated into English literally as "piece of (or for) resistance," referring to the best part or feature of something (as in a meal), a showpiece, or highlight. It can be thought of as the portion of a creation which defies (i.e. "resists") orthodox or common conventions and practices, thereby making the whole of the creation unique and special. The phrase gives the sense that the referred-to element is the most outstanding, notable, or defining of the collection.

Twinkies were introduced in 1933 by The Continental Baking Company in Indianapolis, Indiana. Today they are one of Hostess’s best selling snack cakes, with 500 million cakes being sold each year. The fried Twinkie was invented in a Brooklyn restaurant, but it has gathered wide-spread acclaim from being made available to the masses at events such as state fairs, baseball games, and the like.
The process of deep frying a Twinkie involves first freezing the snack cakes so they don’t melt while being fried. Then the Twinkies are rolled in flour, dipped in a tempura batter and fried at 380 degrees Fahrenheit for 90 to 120 seconds. The cooking process melts the vanilla-cream center, which infuses the yellow cake and gives it a souffle or pudding-like texture. Finally, the treats are sprinkled with powdered sugar and may be served with either chocolate or berry sauce.

Note: I thought the history behind this delicious fun fried creation was interesting. I've not tried it with the Berry Sauce yet, I found that added to the recipe as I was researching the history. Enjoy!

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25 Min


Deep Fry


popsicle sticks
4 c
vegetable oil
flour for dusting


1 c
2 Tbsp
1 Tbsp
1 c
1 tsp
baking powder
1/2 tsp


10-ounce jar seedless raspberry preserves
1 c
fresh or frozen mixed berries

Directions Step-By-Step

Freeze Twinkies several hours or overnight.
Heat 4 cups vegetable oil in deep fryer to about 375F.
For batter, mix together milk, vinegar and oil.
In another bowl, blend flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk wet ingredients into dry and continue mixing until smooth. Refrigerate while oil heats.
Push stick into Twinkie lengthwise, leaving about 2 inches to use as a handle. Dust with flour and dip into the batter. Rotate Twinkie until batter covers entire cake.
Place carefully in hot oil. The Twinkie will float, so hold it under oil with a utensil to ensure even browning. It should turn golden in 3 to 4 minutes. Depending on the size of your deep fryer, you might be able to fry only one at a time.
Remove the Twinkie and place on paper towel to drain. Remove stick and allow Twinkie to sit for about five minutes before serving. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
For berry sauce, heat preserves over low heat until melted. Add fresh or frozen mixed berries. Heat until sauce simmers. Cover and refrigerate until served.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes, Cookies, Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Non-Edible or Other
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: For Kids
Hashtag: #twinkies