I say “Twinkie” and you say…

A sweet, oblong snack cake filled with a sweet frosting.” Junk food.

Zoë François, author of Zoe Bakes Cakes, generously names the Twinkie as “The O.G. Snack Cake,” meaning it’s the “old guard” originator of snack cakes.

Well … let’s not get too nostalgic. Instead, allow me to judge my reinterpreted version, based on its own merits. Most obviously, I’ve opted to depict this recipe as a double-layer cake, rather than as mini cylinder cakes.

The cake ingredients include no butter, so the end result is a light, airy cake. But, on my way to a light cake, I begin with a very thick mixture of egg yolks, flour, sugar, and orange juice, all stirred by hand.

In a stand mixer, whip five egg whites with some sugar to produce a fluffy meringue. Then, by hand, stir these pillowy peaks into the awaiting egg yolk mix, and here I have it: a loosened batter like silky cream.

Appreciate the essences of orange included in this cake. Half of a big fat orange gives me 1 tsp. of zest. The whole orange then provides the ¼ cup of juice.

I bake the two simple cakes at 350° for 25 minutes.

 

While the cakes are modest and somewhat unspectacular, it’s the “Ermine Frosting” that’s quite shocking. This is a boiled milk frosting, where the milk, sugar, flour, salt, vanilla and orange extract are boiled together until thick like a pudding. I’ve included orange extract, to be consistent with the orange zest and juice in the cake.

 

I cover the hot, boiled pudding with plastic wrap and put it in the freezer for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, I soften TWO CUPS OF BUTTER in the stand mixer. That’s right, folks. FOUR STICKS OF BUTTER. It’s here where there’s no turning back. We’ve dived deep into the decadence of this frosting. Beat all of the butter with the cooled pudding, and it’s victory. Sweet and smooth and thick, with the slightest hint of orange.

Liberally frost the cake layers, and the reward is ours.

We can come away with a simple Twinkie comparison, here. That is, you don’t need a big slice of this cake to be happy. Instead, have a smaller piece that reminds you of the size of a…Twinkie.

Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through. This year it is Zoë Bakes Cakes by Zoē François. We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes!

Follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages where you can find all of our cakes, as well as inspiration for many other cakes. You can also click on the links below to take you to each of our cakes. If you have a blog and are interested in joining The Cake Slice Bakers and baking along with us, please send an email to thecakeslicebakers at gmail dot com for more details.

The Cake Slice Bakers also have a new Facebook group called The Cake Slice Bakers and Friends. This group is perfect for those who do not have a blog but want to join in the fun and bake through this book.

It is a new year and a new book - Zoë Bakes Cakes - and our choices for June 2022 were ~

Coconut Cream Cake

The OG Snack Cake

Greek Orange-Phyllo Cake