WATCH | Cakies from Jae NYC Eats are homemade Twinkies made by pastry chef Janice De Castro, injected with unique fillings made from booze-spiked flavors to Filipino-inspired ingredients.
Started with a gag gift
When Hostess, the maker of Twinkies, filed for bankruptcy in January 2012, America mourned -- including Janice De Castro. Twinkies eventually made it back to shelves the following year, but before that, De Castro's daughter gifted her a Twinkie baking mold.
"It was sort of a gag gift, and it kind of just sat there for awhile. Then one day, out of boredom, we decided to try it out." De Castro made chocolate matcha flavored Twinkie-inspired cakes for her daughter's class, they quickly became popular.
Eventually, De Castro decided to quit her job as a communication director and pursue baking full-time.
De Castro offers more than a dozen unique flavors inspired by her family's Filipino roots -- like ube (purple yam) and jackfruit with Fruity Pebbles. She also has a variety of boozy flavors like maple bacon rum (with bacon bits on top), chocolate Baileys and bananas Foster with salted caramel rum.
She also hand-injects cake fillings into each cakie with a syringe, which, after some trial and error, proved to be the best way to inject anything into cake.
Jae NYC Eats is currently delivery-only and caters private events.