Since 1930 when James Alexander Dewar invented Twinkies®, the ubiquitous cream-filled snack cakes have become an American icon. The little cakes originally cost 2 to 5 cents.
This sweet treat starts with the famous yellow sponge cake. Although the decadent meringue topping may be challenging for some to recreate at home, it's doable if the directions are followed carefully.
We have had large family get-togethers at our lake cottage for years and fried Twinkies are a menu favorite. This recipe takes the Twinkie up a notch and could provide a new tradition for years to come." — Deb Thompson, Cadillac, Michigan
When baking this dessert in a hot oven, it crisps and browns the meringue exterior, leaving the ice cream frozen and firm in the core.
Meringue may seem to defy the laws of physics. The coating isn’t just for aesthetics but functions as insulation. The meringue protects the ice cream from melting in the heat of the oven.
"If there is a unicorn of the dessert world it would have to be Baked Alaska" — Campuscrosswalk.com
This dessert is a dressed-up ice cream cake that is not more difficult to make than other versions. It is very sweet and has a traditional bombe shape.
Ice Cream Cake Bites is easy and offers the option to whip up a sweet treat at any time. It also creates a dramatic dessert presentation.
Before you begin, assemble all of your ingredients, mixing bowls, measuring cups, and spoons. It's easier if you have everything ready to go before you begin. It speeds up your baking time.
- 2 Hostess Twinkies™
- 1 cup ice cream (any flavor).
- 2 egg whites, at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- Pinch of cream of tartar
Note: You'll need approximately 2 tablespoons of ice cream for each of the four individual bite-sized cakes.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Slice a thin slice off the round ends of each Twinkie.
- Cut each Twinkie in half so that you have 4 even slices.
- Place each of the individual cakes several inches apart on a prepared baking sheet.
- Scoop about 2 tablespoons of frozen ice cream on top of each slice. Mound to resemble a round scoop. (a cookie scoop makes this step easy).
- Cover the constructed ovendesserts with plastic wrap and freeze for several hours or overnight.
- You will make the meringue separately before you are ready to serve the final creation.
Directions For Making Meringue
A few minutes before preparing to serve the dessert preheat the oven to 500°F.
Complete the following steps:
- In a mixing bowl, use an electric mixer at high speed, beat egg whites until frothy.
- Continue beating gradually as you add all of the sugar.
- Add cream of tartar.
- Beat until definite stiff peaks form.
Use a spatula to layer each Twinkie bite with the meringue. Keep in mind that the finished dessert should look like a rounded bombe dessert.
Bake for only 2 minutes in the oven, until the meringue browns at the edges.
Serve immediately. It makes a delicious and dramatic dessert.
If you don't want to take a run at traditional Baked Alaska meringue you can cover the Twinkie dessert with an alternative topping such as Cool Whip, whipped cream, or even your favorite icing from a can. All of those toppings avoid the need to be baked in the oven.
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