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Twinkie Strawberry Shortcake

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I have a bone to pick with Doctor’s offices.

WHY is the scale necessary? I mean, I get it: weight is a huge factor when it comes to health and yada yada. But I’m SO not cool with doctor’s office scales.

First of all, it’s the first thing they do when you walk in there. That’s not very welcome-y of them to weight you right off the bat. They’re not even going to offer you a drink first? Perhaps have you take off a couple of layers which OBVIOUSLY weigh you down a good fifteen pounds, amirite?

It’d be like going to a party and having the host welcome you in, ask how your day is, and force you onto a gigantic machine that makes you cry.

Second of all, the scales digitize the numbers in red which is a rude color. And it’s in a plain font, so it looks really sterile and cold. Why they had to choose the bitchiest font and rudest color to deliver information to a fragile soul, I do not know. Perhaps the engineers behind scales are secret sadists.

Every time I see the number, I can totally feel it judging me with its electronic-looking red numbers. As if it is laughing in my face as it weighs every single ounce of everything on my person. And then it adds that STUPID extra decimal, because seeing your whole number weight isn’t enough of a slap in the face, it has to make sure you know you’re not just ___ pounds, but ___.8 pounds. I hate you.

I’d like to address the people in charge of making scales: have you seen that Special K commercial? The one where women step on scales and it says nice things like “Sassy!” or “Confident!” ? You should make scales like that. Except have it say other cool things, like “Your Hair Looks Great Today”, “Nice Booty!”, “Have you Been Working Out?” or “Did You Even Step on the Scale? You’re Light as a Feather!”

Don’t mind me, just trying to revolutionize doctor’s office visits forever. And banish those evil scales to a demise of being blown up.

Anyway, while plotting against machines, I came up with the idea to make a lightened-up, no-bake dessert that tastes refreshing and makes me feel all happy and light. Like my new idea for a scale, when you eat it, happy things come to mind, like “OMG this is good”, “wow”, “Hayley is a genius”, and so on. You should eat it and see for yourself.

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Twinkie Strawberry Shortcake
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Recipe type: Cakes/Cupcakes
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Serves: 15
 
This no-bake cake is a sweet spin on strawberry shortcake. You'll want Twinkies in every cake from now on.
Ingredients
  • 18 Twinkies, unwrapped
  • 4 Tbsp orange juice
  • 2 boxes Jello Strawberry Creme pudding mix
  • 1 & ½ cups low-fat milk
  • 1 tub (8 oz) Cool Whip Free, thawed
  • Strawberries, optional
Instructions
  1. Spray a 13x9 inch pan with cooking spray. Line the pan with Twinkies lengthwise, with 8 Twinkies on the first row, and 8 in the second. Use the remaining two Twinkies to fill the center gap between the rows (you'll want to slice those Twinkies in half length-wise and tuck it into the gap). Drizzle the OJ evenly over the Twinkies.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the packages of pudding and cold milk until combined. Add 1 cup of Cool Whip; gently fold into the pudding to blend. Spread the pudding mixture evenly over the Twinkies to cover. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  3. Top with the remaining Cool Whip, cut, and serve. Store airtight, in the fridge, for several days. Serve with sliced strawberries, if desired.
  4. **Note: You could also add fresh or thawed frozen berries to the shortcake--just toss them in an even layer just before pouring on the pudding layer and proceed as normal.**

 

DSC_0410This shortcake is SO yummy. I love how light and buttery the Twinkies are as a substitute pound cake — that classic cream filling is an added, sugary perk and melds well with the strawberries and cream flavor of the cake overall. I think next time I’ll add chopped berries to the cake for some fresh pops of color and texture. You could also experiment with different pudding flavors; chocolate fudge with raspberries or lemon would be super yummy!

Have a wonderful day!!

xo, Hayley

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Comments

  1. Scale makers ARE secret sadists. You are right on all accounts. Special K totally got it right. I’m all about this dessert right now! I’ve been on chocolate overload this week. Need something light and fruity :)

  2. lol! Love your take on the scale. Too funny!

  3. I’ve never been to a doctor’s office with a digital scale, that actually sounds like an improvement! It’s way worse when they slide the marker along the weight markings, take a look at you, and move it up another 10 pounds. Even worse when they whisper your weight to you, Thanks I could see it on my own, no need to rub it in.

    I can’t have twinkies (contain animal lard, lame) but I can have the offbrand “Cloud Cremes”– either way, this sounds like an epic way to make strawberry shortcake!

  4. This cake is so beautiful and would be ideal for Valentine’s Day!
    Love that it’s no-bake, too!

  5. I’d totally buy that scale. I no longer have one in my house because I would get depressed and then eat more. I need this cake now

  6. OMG this is good. wow. Hayley is a genius.
    you are hilarious. the end.

  7. OMG I can’t even think about those scales!

  8. OMG WHY ARE THE NUMBERS IN RED?! I always knew I felt like I was being yelled at by the scale but wasn’t sure what exactly did it. That’s why the only scale I keep around lately is my kitchen scale :) and it just tells me how much delicious grated cheese I’m adding into a recipe heehee. LOVE this strawberry dessert though: strawberries and cool whip are freaking amazing.

  9. “red, which is a rude color” Thanks for the laughs, I needed it this morning. Lisa is right, you are hilarious.

  10. OH.MY.WORD. That looks amazing. And I am totally with you about being weighed. One of my least favorite things in the whole world!!

  11. Ok, first of all: AMEN to alllllllllllllllllll of the things you said about the doctor’s office. Seriously, why do they like to torture us? And is it just me, or does their scale always say that you weigh at least 5 pounds more than your scale at home? Not ok.

    On a better note, I’m loving this twinkie shortcake recipe. AND I’m loving that it’s lightened up. With bikini season right around the corner, the last thing I need is those judgmental red numbers making me feel like an elephant. Love, love this recipe Hayley!

  12. I saw your comment on Sugar Dish Me. Love your blog title! I’ve noticed that it’s usually a woman that weighs me at the doctor’s office, and she should totally be on board by telling me to take off my shoes, remove my jacket and put my 5 lb purse down!! No sensitivity! Bet the blood pressure is higher than normal too! Super creative a pretty shortcake!

  13. you SO are a genius Hayley! love this HATE the scale!!!

  14. I have never had a doctor with a digital scale, just those old fashioned ones that are easier to ignore that they say. As for these shortcakes – um amazing! Now to hunt down some twinkies..

  15. Definitely no fan of big scales either. Here in Asia you see them often in front of 7/11 (I guess not every one has a scale at home here). You put in 1 baht (3 cents) and then its just the same – big, rude, red number. BUT on top of that the machine plays a really loud, obnoxious melody so everyone within a certain range knows someone just weight themseves!
    Ugh…please hand me a piece of this Twinkie Strawberry Cake so I can calm down.

    • What? Scales in front of 7/11? Not okay! That’d be like putting one outside of a bakery or something. Eek! If only that melody played a song like “hey, hot stuff/I know you just weighed yourself/But you should love yourself/because you look great today!/is that a new shirt?” or something.

  16. This is why I step on backwards and tell the nurse not to tell me ;)

  17. I don’t even look when they weigh me. I tell the nurse not to say it out loud and I close my eyes. :) Love the shortcakes Hayley!!

  18. I can see this becoming my husband’s new favorite dessert!

  19. Love this! So cute and pretty. :) I hope you are hanging in there after your bad weekend…you (and your blog) rock!

  20. Back for Seconds says:

    Seriously. They don’t even let you take off your coat, boots, and giant purse. Obviously that stuff adds like 47.8 extra lbs. dumb.
    This cake is a beaut! Love the photos too, so pretty!! My daughter and hubby would flip for this!

  21. I dont think I have weighed myself in two years. There are too many yummy things in this world to eat like this Twinkie Strawberry Shortcake that to limit yourself would be a sin. You are an evil genius to use twinkies instead of poundcake btw.

  22. Michele West says:

    Loved reading this tonight! Thanks for the laugh!

  23. Doctor’s scales are ALWAYS wrong! I always just shut my eyes when they weigh me hahaha. This cake? Amazing!

  24. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen says:

    Oh My This looks really good! I too hate those dastardly scales!

  25. The dr office scales. omg Hayley I know what you mean. I HATE the dr’s office for that very reason. And you know what? I think those scales lie. And not very nice lies at that! Ugh. Anyway, I love your creative little cake today Hayley :) Twinkies… one of the best deserts from my childhood!

  26. desserts* lol

  27. Ugh, I was just at the doctor two weeks ago and I’m still recovering from the huge, RUDE number than flashed up on the scale. But OMG, what a brilliant idea to use twinkies for shortcake–LOVE this idea, Hayley! Strawberry shortcake is one of our fave desserts, and I am in love with this fun twist. Ooooooh, a “reason” to go buy twinkies–love it!

  28. The doctor office scales are the WORST!!! Ignore ignore ignore. Hand me a fork and a slice of this cake please!

  29. What! This looks unreal. And doctors office scales? Total baloney. And full of evil evilness.

  30. There’s no wrong way to make strawberry shortcake and twinkies is a fan favorite of mine.

  31. I love Twinkies and oh I bet this is just soooo good! And with the Strawberry Creme pudding and the OJ and cool whip! Yes! Dr’s office scales are so rude..never thought of them that way, but yes they are! I’ve never even had a digital one. Just those crazy loud bricks they slide up and down the ruler thingey and then they shout out your weight as if you were blind and couldn’t see it. lol

  32. I totally get it. I work at a doctor’s office and we have people all the time who refuse to step on the scale! I should do that next time… as someone who’s spent the last 14 years eating her feelings in dessert, I hate the scale more than most. But I suppose my doctor has a right to know. *sigh*
    Sometimes I look away and ask them not to tell me. True story.

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