Saturday, April 05, 2008

Challenge Book #4 - Coconut Lemon Twinkies

I have never eaten a twinkie in my life. I have never even seen one in person. But I have always liked the idea of them. A tube of soft sponge cake with a creamy filling. And they're called twinkies. TWINKIES. What's not to enjoy!!

So when I came across a recipe for coconut lemon twinkies, I could not resist giving it a go.

I found the recipe in this book - The Sweet Spot: Asian Inspired Desserts. And this is Book #4 in the KJ wants a Kitchen Aid Challenge (see here). This is the last book I bought before my self-imposed ban on cook book purchases.

I stumbled onto this book in Oprah magazine. My dalliance with Mr Ong's fruit carpaccio recipe convinced me to buy it. I have bookmarked almost every page, it all sounds soooo good.

I think I'm doing really well with this challenge. I have gotten through one month and four books, with no new purchases whatsoever.

I decided the best idea was just to stay well away from temptation. Last week I was in a bookstore and absentmindedly wandered into the cookbook section. When I realised I reared back, much like a vampire confronted with a crucifix, and hightailed it to the safety of the crime section.

But back to my twinkies, I forwent(?) the lemon filling used in the recipe. Instead I made up some lemon curd (which I also needed for another project) and lightened it with some whipped cream.

Luckily, I have a silicon muffin tin with very deep and narrow cups. I thought that this allowed a much more twinkie like feel than I think you would get from a normal shaped muffin tin.

I was delighted with the end result. The lemon and coconut flavour was delicious. Dusting the cups with sugar provided a lovely sweet crust around the outside of the twinkie.

The only slight disappointment was with the cake. It was incredibly light and airy. But really, the texture was a bit on the tough side. I found leaving them for an hour or two after adding the filling allowed them to soften nicely.

They disappeared in a flash, so I guess that's a bit of a testament to how enjoyable they were.

Coconut Cupcakes *
(Adapted from The Sweet Spot)

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup plain flour
1/2 cup dessicated coconut
3 large eggs, separated
1 large egg yolk
1 tbspn grated lemon zest
1/4 tspn salt
1 tspn vanilla extract

Generously grease and sugar a 12 cup muffin tin or preferably a tin with deep narrow cups.

Sift flour and stir in coconut.

Whisk the egg yolks and lemon zest until combined. Add the salt and 2 tbspn and 2 tspns of sugar. Continue whisking until the yolks are pale, thick and doubled in volume. This should take about 10 minutes.

In the meantime, whisk the egg whites until they are frothy. Keep whisking, and gradually add 1/3 cup of the sugar. Continue whisking until medium soft peaks form.

Add the vanilla to the yolk mixture. Stir in one-third of the whipped whites to the yolks to lighten the mixture. Then carefully and gently fold in the remainder of the egg whites. Carefully and gently fold in the flour mixture.

Divide the mixture among the muffin cups. Place in 175C oven. Bake for 4 minutes and then rotate the pan. Cook for a further 5 minutes. Cool the cakes in their tins for around 5 minutes before turning out. Leave until completely cold.


I used curd lightened with whipped cream. Any type of curd would be great - lime, passionfruit, orange or mango. Jam would be another option. The recipe suggests using marmalade topped with whipped cream.


Spoon the filling into a pastry bag fitted with a small round tip. Poke the tip of the piping bag into the cake and slowly pipe in the filling until it begins to squirt out of the opening.

Dust with icing sugar and serve.

* This is an American recipe so 1 tbspn = 3 tspn. An Australian 1 tbspn = 4 tspn.


At 3:16 am, Blogger Deborah said...

The bad thing about you going through your cookbooks is that it is making me want to buy more!!

These sound so delicious - and much better than a regular twinkie!

At 5:07 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! Those sound amazing!

At 5:23 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought I commented but I don;t see it...these look incredible!

At 5:36 am, Blogger Unknown said...

I have had Twinkies before and let me tell you.......your version is much to my liking. Coconut & lemon are my two favorite flavors!

At 7:55 pm, Blogger aforkfulofspaghetti said...

I've not heard of twinkies before. But with a name like that, and looking as good as they do in your pics, I'm not going to be forgetting them in a hurry!

At 1:29 am, Blogger Brilynn said...

Those look a million times better than a real twinkie!

At 5:05 am, Blogger Journey_of_Life said...

Hi. I really wanted to exchange links! My website is I hope you like my site as much as I do yours! haha. I have already added your website to mine and I hope you can return the favor. If you do get a chance, please inform me at my website. Thanks!!!

At 5:26 pm, Blogger Cottage Smallholder said...

The twinkies look so cute! Love the Kitchen Aid Challenge - great idea.

I have tagged you for a meme, hope that you don't mind.

At 10:58 pm, Blogger Patricia Scarpin said...

KJ, these look absurdly good! That oozing filling is just mean.

At 1:45 am, Blogger Amanda at Little Foodies said...

I think I may have to give up blog reading... I've been on a bit of a health kick start. Then I see these, it's not good! The name alone sounds mmmm and I love custardy type textures with cake and with lemon too... That with the chocolate coconut banana bread. How about salad or beans on toast next time... okay perhaps not.

At 6:22 am, Blogger Cheryl said...

Homemade twinkies???? They just have to be good. Wow, these look amazing and with coconut!!

At 6:32 pm, Blogger KJ said...

Hi Deborah, I'm sorry about that. I would say exactly the same thing for your blog.

Hi Marye, thanks.

Hi Cindi, thanks.

Hi forkful, twinkies are a North American thing.

Hi Brilynn, thanks.

Hi journey, thanks.

Hi Fiona, thanks for the tag. I hope to get to it soon.

Hi Patricia, I hope I haven't been too hard on you.

Hi Amanda, I don't think you will like my next post either :)

Hi Cheryl, in the flesh. Thanks.

At 7:23 pm, Blogger Kelly-Jane said...

They are just so cute :) I have this book as well, so I don't need to tempt myself into buying it!


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