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This recipe makes a Twinkie snack cake with a Southern twist. Working in Miami as a pastry chef, I quickly became familiar with this local favorite, and the classic Twinkie has benefited from my conversion. Goat cheese adds a wonderful tang to the traditional cream cheese filling and elevates it to a whole new level.

Hedy Goldsmith is executive pastry chef for The Genuine Hospitality Group, including Michael’s Genuine in Miami. Her first cookbook, Baking Out Loud: Fun Desserts With Big Flavors, comes out this week, and she’s offering a preview with a few recipes on Food Republic.

Twinkies are [a] favorite from my childhood, and this recipe makes a similar snack cake with a Southern twist. My first red velvet experience came many years into my career as a pastry chef. Working in Miami, I quickly became familiar with this local favorite, and the classic Twinkie has benefited from my conversion. Goat cheese adds a wonderful tang to the traditional cream cheese filling and elevates it to a whole new level.