Recipe courtesy of Alana Chernila
The Snack Cake
Yield:
Makes 12 cakes
Level:
None
Yield:
Makes 12 cakes
Level:
None

Ingredients

For the cake:
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) sifted cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, homemade or store-bought
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
For the filling:
  • 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening, at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, homemade or store-bought

Directions

Make the cake. Make a mold that is the shape of half of a 3- to 4-inch wide spice jar. Rip aluminum foil into strips that are about 4 x 12 inches. Fold each piece in half so you have a double layer. Shape the foil around the spice jar and tuck it in the sides so that you have a half-cylinder mold that is as smooth as possible on the inside. Set it into a 9 x 13-inch baking dish and repeat until you have 12 little boat-shaped molds. Spray the inside of the molds with cooking spray. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 

Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl and stir until thoroughly combined. Put the egg whites in a stand mixer bowl and beat with the wire whip attachment until the whites hold soft peaks. Gently transfer the beaten whites to another bowl and set aside. Rinse the mixer bowl and dry it thoroughly. 

Put the butter in the mixer bowl and beat with the paddle until the butter starts to get light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add the sugar and beat again until fluffy, about 2 more minutes. Add the egg yolks and vanilla, and beat to combine. 

Add a third of the flour mixture to the mixer bowl, beat for a moment, then add half the milk and beat for a moment. Add one more third of the flour, beat, then the rest of the milk, then the rest of the flour. Make sure that the flour and milk are entirely incorporated. Then stir a third of the beaten egg whites into the batter. When that is fully incorporated, gently fold in the rest of the beaten egg whites. 

Use a pastry bag to pipe the batter into the prepared molds, filling each one just under halfway. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the cakes start to turn golden and a cake tester or toothpick, when inserted, comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool entirely. 

Unwrap the foil from each cake, and use a knife to make a 2- to 3-inch cut in the bottom of each twinkie. The cut should go about halfway into each cake. Wash the pastry bag and the mixer bowl. 

Make the filling. Combine the shortening, butter, salt, powdered sugar, and vanilla in the stand mixer bowl. Beat with the paddle attachment until fluffy, about 3 minutes. 

Scoop the filling into a pastry bag and stick the tip into the cut at the bottom of each cake. Keep squeezing the pastry bag until the filling begins to leak out around the tip of the pastry bag. Then it's ready. 

Cook's Note

Storage: Room temperature: covered container, 3 days Fridge: filling only, covered container, 10 days Freezer: cakes, wrapped in foil and a freezer bag, 3 months (thaw at room temperature); filling, freezer-safe container, 3 months (thaw in refrigerator).

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