For the cupcakes I used my Very Vanilla Cupcakes recipe, which you can use or use whatever recipe you like, box mix is fine too! I just happen to prefer a real moist cake with the Twinkies filling rather then the drier spongy texture of a Twinkie.
For the filling this is what you will need....
- 2 tsp very hot water
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 cups marshmallow creme (7 oz jar)
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Combine salt and hot water til the salt is dissolved.
- Combine marshmallow cream, shortening, powder sugar and vanilla.
- Mix well with an electric beater until fluffy.
- Add salt and combine.
Makes 1/1/2 cup
Recipe adapted from Top Secret Recipes
To fill the cupcakes you can use a decorating bag and a special tip for fillings or you can do this easy method as well. It works well enough for me, when I don't feel like using the tip.
Start of with cupcakes fully cooled.
Slice off the tops at the wrapper line.
Carve the middle out of the cupcake part, make it just big enough for the Twinkie filling. You can eat these leftover parts.
Fill the cupcake with the Twinkie filling.
Put the tops back on.
Have fun decorating. We made some smiley faces on some.
For others I used a small decorating round tip (#4) and just squiggled some filling on top and the girls put colored sprinkles on top and of course topped it with a red sixlet, because they always make cupcakes more fun!
An easy & fun way to brighten up some cupcakes without being stuck in the kitchen forever!!
Hope you enjoy!!