When you think about it, it makes sense that so many people develop their own homemade snack cakes. It's hard to resist such delicious treats, but they're unquestionably bad for you. They're filled with processed ingredients, and no one really wants to know why Twinkies can stay intact for such a long time. In case you're wondering, Twinkies make up the majority of homemade snack cakes, followed closely by those oh so delectable cupcakes from heaven. You'll find several takes on each here, along with some lesser known and truly one-of-a-kind treats – just in case you need some snack inspiration!
1. Magic Mushroom Cakes
Although these classify as homemade snack cakes, you'll never find an original version of these cupcakes on store shelves, I don't think. They're just adorable, and too cute not to include!
2. Healthy Homemade Twinkies
Healthy Twinkies?! Thank you, Chocolate Covered Katie, thank you!
3. Chocolate Cream Cakes
Several brands make a version of this cake – the decadent chocolate kind with cream in the middle. I promise, you'll like these better!
4. Strawberry Lemon Snack Cake
You probably won't find these on store shelves either, but who can resist strawberries and lemons? Start packing these in your kids' lunches – and your own!
5. DIY Hostess Choco-Bliss Snack Cakes
Would you look at these? That frosting, that chocolate cream, that moist cake!
6. Homemade Fruity Pebbles Treats
You find lots of cereal bars these days, but I've never seen any as colorful as these. However, I wonder if you still get Fruity Pebbles' signature sugar coated film on the roof of your mouth?
7. Homemade Zebra Cakes
Zebra Cakes are absolutely heavenly, but so unhealthy! Knowing you can make your own kind of gives you license to indulge, don't you think?
8. Homemade Banana Cake
I'm not sure what's better, the moist banana cake or that chocolate topping. Who wouldn't want to snack on these, though?
9. Easy Carrot Cake Lucy Bars
This is a fantastic take on Lara Bars. The problem is that once you try them, you'll never buy another Lara bar in your life!
10. Homemade Granola Bars
There are tons of recipes for granola bars, and they're all easy to make. Ditch the sugar-laden processed stuff, because this recipe can easily be tailored to your taste!
11. Wilton Glazed Homemade Snack Cakes
Leave it to Wilton! These look suspiciously like Twinkies, but there's icing and sprinkles and who cares?
12. Cupcake Hack
Yeah, you know what inspired these. They're not quite identical, but they look like they taste amazing, don't they?
13. Orange Hostess Cupcakes
That's a little more like it. Look at that signature swirl!
14. Little Debbie Brownies
I am actually pining for these, because I love those brownies. These look ridiculously moist, but still wonderfully dense!
15. Wilton Glazed Twinkies
These look even more like Twinkies, but there's that chocolate glaze. Actually, dipped Twinkies should maybe become a thing now.
16. Homemade Goldfish Crackers
Okay, Goldfish aren't snack cakes, but I love them and I couldn't resist. Wouldn't you love making your own?
17. Homemade Almond Joy Kandy Kake
Forget Tastykakes, y'all! Who needs them, when you can whip up this coconut chocolate perfection right in your own kitchen?
18. Homemade Twinkie
When it seemed like Hostess was going to disappear for good, people went wild with the Twinkie hacks. These are some of the best I've ever seen, though – they put the original to shame.
19. Valentine’s Day Heart Cakes
Remember these sweet vanilla goodies from Little Debbie? Well now you don't have to wait around for February!
20. Swiss Rolls
I've never actually liked Swiss Rolls, but a homemade version could make me change my mind. What do you think, can you ever roll your pastries so they look this pretty?
21. Blueberry Snack Cake
If you don't want to snack on traditional cakes, try something healthy but still delicious! These are so good, they're bakery quality!
22. White Chocolate Heart Snack Cakes
Here's another hack for those gorgeous heart-shaped cakes. They're even better, though, because they use white chocolate!
These are ridiculous, y'all. They're actually better than the originals, but surprisingly easy to make.
24. Cake Batter Bars
You don't even have to bake if you want to make your own snack cakes. If you love cake batter, try this – seriously.
25. Homemade Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes
These are everything. I implore my fellow peanut butter lovers to make these post haste, and you will never eat another snack cake again.
26. Chocolate Snack Cakes
Whether you ate Ding Dongs or Ring Dings or what have you in your school lunch, these will take you back. However, they're a million times better than what you remember.
27. Hostess Cupcakes
And finally, the granddaddy of them all, the chocolate Hostess. Marvel in its beauty, and then go try your hand at that signature ganache.
You don't have to get your snack cakes at the store, not by any means. Have you ever made your own versions? How did they turn out?