How To Make Minions Using Twinkies

Minions, Made with Twinkies and Love

Minions made with Twinkies and Wilton cake decorating supplies.
Minions made with Twinkies and Wilton cake decorating supplies. | Source

Twinkie Trivia

Did you know that Twinkies have a shelf life? It's recommended that you eat them within 25 days. They will not last forever, contrary to popular belief!


An Homage to Minions and Twinkies

Making your own Minions at home is easy as putting pants on a Twinkie. Since I'm not so great with fondant, I decided to try dressing my Twinkies with Wilton brand Sugar Sheets.

Sugar Sheets are paper-like in feel and appearance, but a bit more brittle to work with. You can cut Sugar Sheets into shapes and bend them a bit. They stick to cake with a little bit of icing. It's important to work with dry hands, otherwise the color comes off and gets everywhere. Keep a roll of paper towels handy while you work.

You'll need a few things to get started:

  • Twinkies
  • Wilton Sugar Sheets in blue and black
  • Wilton Sugar Eyes (large size)
  • White icing (I used the kind in a can)
  • Scissors, paper, ruler, pencil, paper towels.

What You Need to Make Minions

Pictured: Hostess Twinkies, Wilton Sugar Sheets (blue and black,) icing in a can, Wilton sugar eyes (large size.)
Pictured: Hostess Twinkies, Wilton Sugar Sheets (blue and black,) icing in a can, Wilton sugar eyes (large size.) | Source

Minion Clothing Pattern Pieces

Follow measurements and draw out pattern pieces onto a piece of paper. Use these pattern pieces to cut out overalls, suspenders and headband from Sugar Sheets.
Follow measurements and draw out pattern pieces onto a piece of paper. Use these pattern pieces to cut out overalls, suspenders and headband from Sugar Sheets. | Source

Make Minion Overalls and Headband Pattern

Using the pattern image provided as a guide, draw out the pants, suspender straps, and headband onto a piece of paper and cut the pieces out. You will use these pattern pieces on the Sugar Sheets. Please note that the pattern image provided is not drawn to scale, so you can't simply print out the image and cut.

Cut Sugar Sheets

Place pattern pieces onto Sugar Sheets and cut out with scissors. You will cut pants and suspenders out of blue Sugar Sheet, and headband out of black Sugar Sheet.
Place pattern pieces onto Sugar Sheets and cut out with scissors. You will cut pants and suspenders out of blue Sugar Sheet, and headband out of black Sugar Sheet. | Source

Cut Out Pattern From Sugar Sheets

You will cut out the following from Sugar Sheets:

Blue Sugar Sheet: One overall, two suspender straps.

Black Sugar Sheet: One headband.

After cutting out the Sugar Sheet pieces, be sure to remove the plastic backing from each piece.

Cut Twinkie

Cut approximately 1" from one end of the Twinkie. The larger piece will be used to make the Minion. Eat the smaller piece.
Cut approximately 1" from one end of the Twinkie. The larger piece will be used to make the Minion. Eat the smaller piece. | Source

Cut Twinkie

A Twinkie measures approximately 4" in length by 4.5" around. To get the right Minion proportion, cut approximately 1" from the Twinkie so that you have one 3" long piece, and one 1" long piece. You'll make the Minion from the 3" piece. Eat the smaller piece.

Note: You can make shorter Minions by cutting the Twinkies in half and using both pieces. But then you won't have anything to eat while you make your Minions.

Put Overalls on Twinkie

Carefully spread a small amount of icing on the Sugar Sheet overalls and place the Twinkie, cut side down, in the center.Note the overall "bib" is in front.
Carefully spread a small amount of icing on the Sugar Sheet overalls and place the Twinkie, cut side down, in the center.Note the overall "bib" is in front. | Source
Gently press the bottom and sides of the overalls around the Twinkie. Then press the front and back of the overalls against the Twinkie. (Kind of like putting on a diaper.)
Gently press the bottom and sides of the overalls around the Twinkie. Then press the front and back of the overalls against the Twinkie. (Kind of like putting on a diaper.) | Source
Side view of Twinkie, overall bib on top. Note that the pants sides are folded and pressed in.
Side view of Twinkie, overall bib on top. Note that the pants sides are folded and pressed in. | Source

Put Overalls Onto Twinkie

With dry hands, carefully spread a bit of icing onto one side of the overalls.

Place the Twinkie, cut-side down, onto the center of the overalls so that both the Twinkie "good side" and the overalls bib faces front.

Carefully press in the Sugar Sheet so that it wraps the cut side of the Twinkie and up around the sides. Press the bib front and the back of the overalls against the front and back of the Twinkie. (It's kind of like putting on a diaper, except there are no leg holes.)

Hold the overalls in place for a few seconds for the icing to take hold.

Put On Suspenders

Put small amount of icing onto one side of suspenders
Put small amount of icing onto one side of suspenders | Source
Carefully place suspenders around Twinkie, front to back. The suspenders should slightly overlap the bib.
Carefully place suspenders around Twinkie, front to back. The suspenders should slightly overlap the bib. | Source

Put On Suspenders

Put a little bit of icing onto one side of suspenders. Carefully position suspenders so that they overlap the bib and wrap around the side of the Twinkie. See the images above for reference.

Hold each suspender into place for a few seconds so that the icing can set.

Note that the icing will "stain" the blue overalls, so try to keep your hands and the front-side of the Sugar Sheet clean and dry.

Put Headband and Eyes on Twinkie

Spread a small amount of icing on the black headband.
Spread a small amount of icing on the black headband. | Source
Place the headband onto the Twinkie, about 3/4" from the top.
Place the headband onto the Twinkie, about 3/4" from the top. | Source
Wrap headband around Twinkie. He's starting to look like a Minion now.
Wrap headband around Twinkie. He's starting to look like a Minion now. | Source
Place a small amount of icing onto backs of eyes. Place eyes on Twinkie, over headband. Congratulations! You have a Minion.
Place a small amount of icing onto backs of eyes. Place eyes on Twinkie, over headband. Congratulations! You have a Minion. | Source

Know Your Minions!

Headband, Eyes and Finishing Touches

Spread a thin layer of icing onto one side of the headband piece. Carefully position the band so that it rests about .75" from the top of the Twinkie. (See images above for reference.) Gently press the headband into the Twinkie, and wrap the headband around to the back, overlapping the ends as necessary.

Let the headband set for a few seconds for the icing to set.

For the eyes, pick one or two Wilton Sugar Eyes and spread a dot of icing onto the backs of each. Gently place each eye over the headband and press lightly into the Twinkie.

Note: if you decide to make a one-eyed Minion, center the eye over the headband.

If you got any stray bits of icing onto the Twinkie, you can gently wipe it up with a cotton swab or a bit of paper toweling. Take care not to rub too hard, otherwise the cake will crumb up.

If desired, you can add a mouth by cutting out a small circle or crescent from black Sugar Sheet. Attach to Minion's face with a bit of icing.

Congratulations! You've made your first Twinkie Minion!

Twinkie Minions

Here is a one-eyed Minion, made with half a Twinkie
Here is a one-eyed Minion, made with half a Twinkie | Source
Here's a Minion with a smile.
Here's a Minion with a smile. | Source

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3 comments

Raimer Gel 2 years ago

Those minions are cute. I can not afford to eat them. thanks


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Tranquilheart 2 years ago from Canada

very creative Twinkie project


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prokidwriter 2 years ago from America's Finest City Author

Thanks for taking a look at my hub, Tranquilheart!

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