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Whoopie Pies Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli

Whoopie Pies

Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Want to make someone smile? Just offer them a Whoopie Pie. It's a cookie. It's a cake, but I can't think of it as a pie. It's also known as the official treat of Maine. Typically, it's top and bottom are chocolate cake with a middle fluffy frosting often made with marshmallow fluff. These days you can find fancier versions made of Red Velvet Cake, Pumpkin and/or Gingerbread Cake both with a cream cheese frosting filling.

You'll note that I've included both a from-scratch cake and a cake mix recipe on this page. You could also make yours with a more traditional buttercream frosting. Personally, I prefer the taste and texture of the marshmallow cream frosting.

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 57 minutes

Yield: Makes 8 individual servings

Ingredients:

  • From-Scratch Whoopie Pies
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk*

  • Filling
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 7-ounce jar marshmallow fluff
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • Cake Mix Version
  • one 18-ounce chocolate or Devil's Food cake mix
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or softened butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup water

Preparation:

For From-Scratch Recipe -
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, mix flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt with a wire whisk. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars. Mix in egg. Slowly add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk. Ending with the buttermilk. Scoop 1/4 cup of batter into rounds on prepared baking sheet. You should be able to get 16 cakes. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit on baking sheets for 2 minutes, then remove to wire racks for cooling. Cool completely.

For Cake Mix Recipe -
Mix ingredients in a bowl with a electric mixer to just moisten. Then, on medium for 2 minutes until well combined. Finish by following the above baking instructions.

Filling Instructions -
Cream the butter and marshmallow fluff. Slowly add in the powdered sugar. Add vanilla and beat until smooth.

To Assemble Whoopie Pies -
Place a couple of tablespoons of filling on the flat bottoms of half of the pies. Top the filling with the flat bottoms of the other pies.

Notes in the Margin:
*Don't have buttermilk? Take a glass mixing cup and add one tablespoon of white vinegar. Fill the rest of the cup with milk. Stir and use instead of the buttermilk.

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