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Unlock the Secrets of The Famous Hostess Recipe

Updated: Jul 7, 2023

Remember that sad day when Hostess Bakery Company went out of business? No more Ho-Hos, Zingers, Ding Dongs, Chocolate Cupcakes, and of course, the Twinkies. Let us be honest, when you were in kindergarten sharing your Twinkies are what made you the best of friends. Hell, in the most awkward situations the Twinkies are the best food to help you get through. Well now, you can bring the Twinkies home and reminisce in your childhood.

Here are the ingredients you need to bring Hostess Home:


• 1 cup of flour

• 2 teaspoons baking powder

• 1/4 teaspoon salt

• 4 eggs

• 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

• 3/4 cup whole milk

• 1/2 cup of butter, melted

• 1 1/2 cups sugar

• 2 teaspoons of vanilla


• 2 egg whites

• 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

• 1 cup marshmallow creme

Our Ratings

My Rating: For taste wise: I rank these a 9 out of 10. They are a great substitute for the Hostess Twinkies. You don’t have the extra processed shit in your cake and yet you get the sponginess of a great cake. Also the filling tastes just like a Twinkie filling is supposed to taste like. For baking wise: a 10 outta 10. It was an easy recipe, easy to follow, no faux pas that were unexpected. I got to spend my Thursday evening able to dance and listen to music while baking. The taste is as close as it is going to get other than going out a buying a Twinkie pack.

Shayne’s Rating: Shayne rates these Twinkies with a a twist a 10 outta 10. 10/10. He says the Twinkies are good, delicious and perfectly delicious. Men so precise with their descriptions and wonderful at saying why they are saying the words they are supposed to be saying. Then again, he was playing video games when I gave him the Twinkie with a twist. That certainly did not help my cause. He’s not a picky eater but he has a harsh critique when food is presented to him and it is not what expected.

Not an official rating but I gave some cupcakes to my sister in law and brother in law, they said the cupcakes were the bomb diggity.

Our Financials

We got our ingredients at Walmart and Publix. Surprise surprise. Here is a breakdown of our financials:


• Flour- $2.49 at Publix

• Baking powder- $0.99 at Publix

• Salt- already had the salt

• Eggs- $5.99 for 60 at Walmart $6.69 for 30 at Publix • Cream of Tartar- already had cream of tartar

• Whole Milk- $2.05 at Publix

• Butter- $2.98 at Walmart

• Sugar-$1.98 at Publix

• Vanilla- already had the vanilla


• Egg Whites- got the egg whites from the eggs above

• Cream of Tartar- already had the cream of tartar

• Marshmallow Creme- $1.22 at Walmart

The total cost for our Twinkies with a Twist were $22.32. Granted we can reused all the ingredients again for other recipes. Though, this Twinkie recipe did spark the buying for ingredients that can be reused. That is already savings goals right there!

Millennial Cash Back Earnings

Unfortunately, I did not earn any money from Ibotta. For this recipe, and for majority of the recipes. There is not a lot of fresh groceries that were on Ibotta. There was also not a lot of generic dairy or baking products, with this application having a hit or miss to get certain products.

Fetch Rewards, one of my favorite applications, I earned 50 points because I bought marshmallow creme for the filling for the homemade twinkies. A victory is a victory for this application. More points, get you more points for gift cards of your selection. Using those gift cards for furnishing my future home. I got multiple goals for using these applications and that helps.

For walking into Walmart, I got 10 kicks for just walking in to the store. Shopkick typically does not have the products I shop for, I earn kicks by walking to the store. Though, there is an option to scan promoted items to earn more kicks. An option I don’t utilize, however this will help you later!

Finally, Coinout earned me two cents for scanning in the receipt. Coinout definitely is an application where you have to do or buy certain products to earn a significant amount of money back. If you are not pressed to earn money, then this application works very well.

Life is rough, we all know that. However, by saving money and being able to make childhood classics at home, doesn’t life get a bit sweeter? Everyone can all use some extra sweetness in their day.

No matter how busy your day is or how healthy you want to be. You can enjoy a Twinkie for a few moments throughout your day. Don’t underestimate the power of a sponge cake with some marshmallow inside or even on the top. It will definitely make your day. Balance is key. Balance out your hectic crazy day with a dessert that can make you bask in nostalgia. If you make them the way I did, you get to have Twinkie cupcake. You get more filling, and a spongy cake.

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