• Twinkie Poke Cake
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  • Twinkie Poke Cake
  • http://www.mightymrs.com/recipe-items/twinkie-poke-cake/
  • Twinkie Poke Cake
  • http://www.mightymrs.com/recipe-items/twinkie-poke-cake/
  • Twinkie Poke Cake
  • http://www.mightymrs.com/recipe-items/twinkie-poke-cake/
  • Twinkie Poke Cake
  • http://www.mightymrs.com/recipe-items/twinkie-poke-cake/

Twinkie Poke Cake

Remember a few years ago when there were going to be no more Twinkies ever??

I never realized just how sad I’d be to see a favorite childhood snack gone. For-ev-er (or so I thought). Until it happened in 2012. My two favorite extra lunch money indulgences, HoHos and Twinkies were reportedly being taken off the market. I remember people saying things like “Well, they just aren’t a healthy option. Americans are wising up.” Hmmm… don’t think so. But that’s a nice optimistic thought.

The real reason was actually quite controversial and quite frankly, a little shady. If you never got the full scoop or somehow missed this moment in history, you can read this article that talks about the behind-the-scenes politics that were at play when Twinkies (and their chocolatey friends, HoHos) were taken off the market.

Thankfully in 2013 balance to the universe was restored.  Twinkie and HoHo lovers everywhere rejoiced and the American level of health-conscientiousness remained relatively the same, somewhere between “I’m making healthy eating choices daily” and “YUM, that was delicious.”

So, this homemade Twinkie poke cake is for all of you still in fear that there might be another scarcity of Twinkies OR for the truly health conscious American who enjoys a good Twinkie but would like the ability to substitute in healthier ingredients. i.e. apple sauce instead of butter and all that stuff. Check out this cool little chart of health recipe substitutions. How to keep cake from sticking to bundt pan

Pro tips: You don’t need any special tools to inject the fluffy marshmallow icing inside, but you will need a bundt cake pan, nonstick baking spray, a plastic sandwich bag and well, your finger. They don’t call it POKE cake for nothin’. 🙂 Also, ever wondered how to keep cake from sticking to your bundt pan? First, make sure the bundt pan is nonstick, then here’s the secret: thoroughly coat the bundt pan with BAKING spray (contains flour). The cake should come out easily looking perfect. Never fear though, if your cake comes out in more than one piece, then sprinkle on some powdered sugar to cover up any cracks. 😉

Instructions

  • 1. Prepare cake mix as directed on box. Use healthy substitutions if desired. Make sure the bundt pan is coated with BAKING spray (contains flour) or sprinkle thoroughly with loose flour. This will be key to getting it OUT of the pan. :)
  • 2. Once cake is firm in the center and a fork comes out clean, remove from oven and cool. To speed up cooling, you can put the cake in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  • 3. Leaving the cooled cake in the bundt pan, poke the cake almost all the way to the bottom of the pan (which will be the top of the cake). Keep poking making your holes about 1 and a half inches apart.
  • 4. Next, fill up a sandwich bag with marshmallow fluff and cut one of the corner tips of the bag to create a pea-sized hole. Seal the bag and squeeze the bag to dispense the marshmallow fluff into each hole. Tip: Make sure to put the tip of the fluff bag as far into each hole as you can get so plenty of fluff gets into each poked hole.
  • 5. Using a tiny rubber spatula or butter knife, separate the sides of the cake from the bundt pan as best you can without cutting into the cake. Once the cake is nice and loose, place a flat plate or cake stand upside down on top of the bundt cake pan. Then gently turn both the bundt pan and cake pan over and let gravity do its thing. Carefully lift the bundt pan and peak around all sides to see if the cake dropped evenly onto the plate.
  • 6. Top with sprinkled powdered sugar for a festive look.