Twinkie, Pineapple & Coconut Cake

Twinkie, Pineapple & Coconut NO BAKE Cake! Similar to Paula Deen's 'Better Than Sex Cake', but made with Twinkies!

Have you ever had Paula Deen’s ‘Better Than Sex’ cake? Well if you have, you know how amazing it is. I made it better. No for real, I did. I made it into a NO BAKE dessert by using TWINKIES!

(Make sure and check out some of my other no bake desserts!)

To be completely honest, I am not the biggest Twinkie fan. There are many other little snack cake like desserts that I would normally grab first.

Twinkie, Pineapple & Coconut NO BAKE Cake! Similar to Paula Deen's 'Better Than Sex Cake', but made with Twinkies!

However the Twinkies in this recipe completely transform and they turn into an amazing base for this cake. Everyone who had it did not believe it was actually made with Twinkies. Seriously.

I also skipped the additional sugar that Paula adds to the pineapple layer. Between the sweet Twinkies, the naturally sweet pineapple, the vanilla pudding and whipped cream…I promise it needs no extra sugar. And this is coming from the self proclaimed sugar queen! Paula’s sweet tooth must be as big as her hair!

This is the perfect make ahead Summer dessert that you can store in the fridge for up to a day before a party. It’s incredibly easy to put together, but you would never know it by all the flavor packed in each bite.

Twinkie, Pineapple & Coconut Cake

Recipe Note: Yes, you can use cool-whip in place of the homemade coconut whipped cream if you want.

Ingredients:

  • 9 twinkies, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple, mostly drained with just a little juice left
  • 1 box (3.4 oz) vanilla instant pudding - prepared as instructed on package
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 2 cups shredded sweetened coconut, toasted
  • maraschino cherries, for decoration

Directions:

  1. Line the bottom of a 9x13 casserole dish with twinkies cut side up (so the cream filling in the twinkies is facing up).
  2. Top twinkies with crushed pineapple (and the little juice that remained). Spread pudding on top of crushed pineapple.
  3. In stand mixer or with hand mixer, whip heavy cream, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and coconut extract until stiff peaks are formed.
  4. Spread whipped cream on top of pudding layer and top with toasted coconut.
  5. Refrigerate cake for one hour (or up to a day) and serve cold with a cherry on top!