I have some books “Top Secret Recipes: Restaurant Secret Recipes Revealed” by Todd Wilbur. He has recipes for all the major chain restaurants’ favorites and I think Twinkies are in there.
I never liked Twinkies or any of that crap, and I wouldn’t bother trying to make them. To me, if I’m going to make something, it’s going to have fruit and/or nuts in it, as I’m into texture and roughage.
I was the only kid on my block who hated the white creamy centers in both Twinkies and Oreos. Yuck!
But I do like that sweet whipped cream frosting that @gailcalled was talking about on that cake thread earlier today. It tastes pure and fresh, without that weird slightly metallic chemical taste that haunts Hostess products.
To me, the recipes seem more like a meringue than a “cream filling”. I have a simple recipe for a Twinkie cake where the cream filling consists mainly of Crisco and sugar. It’s thick and gooey and waxy and really unhealthy (kinda like real twinkies!). I make it every year for a friend’s birthday and he just loves it. (Once a year is about all you can eat it!)