Recipe: No Bake Twinkie Turtle Cake (Plus How YOUR Recipe Could Be Included in the Upcoming #TwinkieCookbook!) #MC

No Bake Twinkie Turtle CakeI wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Twinkies. I received samples and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

When Hostess shut down nearly two years ago I was majorly bummed out.  Like most of the country, I was in love with their snack cakes and was so sad to see them no longer on the shelves.  Thankfully, I was thrilled to hear of the comeback of many of my favorite Hostess goodies last year- including TwinkiescookbookTwinkies are about to have their 85th anniversary, and to celebrate Hostess has challenged the public to come up with an amazing, standout recipe to submit for the new edition of The Twinkies Cookbook!  Every recipe submitted will be reviewed for the chance to be featured in the book; grill them, fry them, or mix them—whatever it takes to make one awesome recipe with a twist. Get creative!

I personally accepted the challenge to create a delicious new Twinkies recipe.  I love coming up with new recipes, but I think I enjoy creating new desserts best. Sweets are my favorite after all! I had a blast coming up with different recipe ideas to submit for the upcoming Twinkies Cookbook, but finally settled on this doozie.  Not only is it delicious, but it’s no bake- perfect dessert to keep your kitchen oven-free on these hot summer days!  Chocolate, caramel and pecans, plus Twinkies… Does it get much better than that?!

So here’s what you’ll need to make my No Bake Twinkie Turtle Cake: Twinkies (of course), chocolate pudding, chopped pecans (or your favorite nut), caramel sauce (the squeeze bottle worked wonderfully!), whipped cream, and chocolate chips (love me some extra dark chocolate, plus it tones down the sweetness in this dessert just a tad).

No Bake Twinkies Turtle Cake ingredientsAnd here’s how you’re going to make it:  First, slice each Twinkie in half lengthwise.

Slice lengthwisePlace the Twinkies cream side up in a 9 x 13 inch pan.

Place cream side upMix up the chocolate pudding according to the package directions, then pour it over the Twinkies and spread evenly.

Spread puddingSpread over cakeNext, dump the pecans on top of the pudding, making sure you get it as even as possible (a bite without pecans would be heartbreaking)!  I used a rolling pin to crush the pecans in the bag a bit more before pouring it on top, but you can do as you please.

Spread pecansSqueeze the caramel over top of the pecans, making sure they’re completely covered. I pretty much drowned them in caramel because, well, caramel is good and I wanted a lot of it.

Cover with caramelCover entire cakeNow you can spread the whipped cream on top of the entire mixture.  It’s easiest if you let the whipped cream sit out for a short bit so it’s not so cold and so it spreads easier over top of the caramel sauce.

Spread whipped creamLastly, sprinkle some chocolate chips on top of the whipped cream. I’ll be honest, an entire layer of chocolate chips would have been ideal for me personally, but I realize everyone is not as big of a chocolate fanatic as I am so I held back.  Once the chocolate chips are on it you’ll want to cover it and put it in the fridge.

Sprinkle with chocolate chipsHere’s the hardest part though… You’re going to have to let it refrigerate for at least 3 hours so it will set up properly and not ooze everywhere when you serve it. Trust me, I know this from personal experience. 😉

When you’re ready to serve, cut your slices and then drizzle a bit more caramel on top. It’s good, and it makes it look pretty… Just long enough for you to destroy it as you devour the mouthwatering gooey goodness.

Twinkie Turtle Cake

No Bake Twinkie Turtle Cake
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 box Twinkies (10 individually wrapped cakes)
  2. 5.9 oz box chocolate pudding
  3. 8 oz bag chopped pecans
  4. Bottle of caramel sauce
  5. 8 oz tub whipped cream topping
  6. 1/2 cup chocolate chips (or more)
Instructions
  1. Remove Twinkie cakes from wrappers.
  2. Cut each in half lengthwise.
  3. Place Twinkie halves in 9 x 13 baking dish with cream side facing up.
  4. In a small bowl, mix pudding according to package directions, pour and spread over Twinkies.
  5. Pour chopped pecans over pudding, covering entire pan.
  6. Pour caramel sauce over pecans, coating entire layer.
  7. Spread whipped topping over caramel sauce.
  8. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top.
  9. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours or until set.
  10. Cut and drizzle individual pieces with caramel before serving.
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Are your creative juices are flowing yet? What amazing recipe idea will YOU come up with?! Not to stress you out any, but you’re going to have to get going double time because submissions will only be accepted through July 31st.  Head over to the Twinkies Recipe Submission page at www.hostesscakes.com now- I’d love to see your recipe in the cookbook (hopefully alongside mine)!

You can also keep up with Hostess on Facebook and on Twitter @Hostess_Snacks .

Comments

  1. Oh my Alesha, this is so naughty and delightful. It’s got me thinking of another Twinkie dessert idea!

    • Oh good!! I hope you’ve headed over and submitted it (and be sure to blog about it and share with us on Tuesday for DDT)!! 🙂

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    I am totally drooling over here. That sounds amazingly delicious!!

  3. This looks so good.I think I also would of wanted an entire layer of chocolate chips.

  4. That looks divine! Ooey, Gooey and no bake means a cool house and happy tummies.

  5. That’s an innovative way to use Twinkies. I’m glad they’re back on the shelves.

  6. That is very tasty looking. So easy to make.

  7. OMG -beyond amazing, just beyond. I would eat this off my screen if I could!

  8. This looks so good!!! What a great use of Twinkies.

  9. You had me at “no bake!” And these look delicious!
    Mitch

  10. Oh if I was only 15 again! This looks yummy and I could eat the entire dish!!! Too bad my metabolism is slow.

  11. These look insane. Insanely delicious. I don’t even know if I could compete with this for a recipe contest. 🙂

  12. Looks delicious. I love recipes where there is no baking involved.

  13. I’ll have two slices. You had me at no-bake, and Twinkie! This looks super easy and oh so yummy.

  14. Are you serious?!? This is amazing. I bet it tastes so good!

  15. I love quick recipes like this! The cake looks amazing!

  16. This looks so gooey and yummy. My kids would get so messy, but they would love it for sure. Especially my sweet-toothed daughter. Lol

  17. I’m all about fun little desserts that you don’t have to bake. I’ve made homemade Twinkies. So good. I can’t believe Twinkies have been around that long.

  18. This looks delicious! We love Twinkies ! Pinned to make for a party this weekend.

  19. These looks yummy. I’m going to make these for my boyfriend. He loves twinkies and this is a great recipe to make them even better!

  20. Wow, I would’ve never thought to make a cake out of Twinkies. It looks tasty.

  21. Looks like a fun recipe. I bet my kids would love it.

  22. Twinkies, cake, and no bake? This is a winner of a recipe! Delish!

  23. Looks like a fun treat! Looks really delicious. I bet it was a hit

  24. I love Twinkies. This recipe sounds delicious!

  25. That looks really good. With one bite, my kids would be bouncing off the walls all night! LOL!

  26. Oh my goodness, this turtle cake looks so delicious! I love how Twinkie wants to include other’s recipes in the cookbook!

  27. yummeh~ so twinkies are back eh? no longer extinct. that’s awesome.

  28. Now THIS is a great idea!! I am SO trying it out – we all love Twinkies and we all love anything made into ‘turtle’ haha.

  29. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    This looks for good. I love the combination of chocolate and caramel. Adding this to my list of must make desserts. Thanks for sharing!

  30. That looks insanely good! I haven’t eaten breakfast yet, so I think I’ll just have a piece of that! 😉

  31. it sounds really good. I haven’t had a twinkie in years

  32. That looks amazing. I am going to have to go get some twinkies! 🙂

  33. Oh my that looks so good! I love turtle cake….this is so easy!

  34. Amy Desrosiers says:

    Oh my freakin word!!! This looks dangerously good!!

  35. Oh my gosh that looks delicious! If I wasn’t on a diet I’d devour the whole thing lol.

  36. Yum! This looks delicious. I love that I don’t have to bake it 🙂

  37. I haven’t had a twinkie in years! This looks so delicious!

  38. My Husband would LOVE this! Pinning for his upcoming birthday.

  39. These look very yummy. The kids and I will have to make these sometime.

  40. Once you put the caramel on there, I was hooked for reals. I totally pinned your yummy confection!

  41. Oh my!!! This dessert looks so delicious! I am going to have to add this to the must try list.

  42. shelly peterson says:

    Oh my gosh this looks incredible and so darn easy to make. Pinning this recipe.

  43. Julie Wood says:

    This is a really incredible dessert recipe that I like to make right now in the Summer because I do not have to bake it in the oven. It looks so easy and delicious!! I must make.

  44. Nancy Loring says:

    This dessert will definitely be made in my house.

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