This recipe comes from Rob Benes over at Kids Cuisine.
While whoopie pie recipes vary — some call for canola oil and some call for shortening — the result is basically the same. I prefer to use shortening, though; I know it may not be the healthiest thing to to eat, but my motto is “there’s no such thing as bad food, it’s just that people eat too much of things too often… moderation is the key.” I think the shortening gives the you a better baked product, superior taste, and longer shelf life.
The traditional whoopie pie is chocolate cake with a white, vanilla-flavored filling. But, you can also take out the cocoa powder and use pumpkin, oatmeal, banana, apple, carrot or anything else for that matter that lends itself to good baking. The filling, too, can be switched to complement the cakes. For example, if the cakes are banana flavored, try a peanut butter filling.
- 3/4 cup shortening
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 2 cups milk alternative
- 2 teaspoon vanilla
- 10 tablespoon cocoa
- 4 cup flour
- 2-1/2 teaspoon soda
- Pinch of salt
Method (use an electric mixer)
1. Cream shortening and sugar.
2. Combine beaten eggs, milk, and vanilla, and beat into creamed mixture.
3. Slowly stir sifted dry ingredients into the creamed mixture, and beat on medium speed about 2 minutes.
4. Drop with tablespoon onto greased and floured cookie sheet (enough dough to make a baked cookie about 2 to 2 1/2 inches).
5. Bake at 350 F until cookie just springs back when pressed in center with finger.
6. Remove to rack and cool completely before filling.
- 1/2 cup dairy-free butter alternative or margarine
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 cup Marshmallow Fluff (about 1/2 of a 7 1/2-ounce jar)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
1. In a medium bowl with mixer at medium speed, beat butter and remaining ingredients until light and fluffy.
2. Fill cakes.
If you want, drizzle the pies with melted chocolate or ganache! Wow!
Whoopie pies store well in an airtight container in the refrigerator and also freeze well.
Also, the pies are great for kids’ birthday parties. You can even make one gigantic whoopie pie and top it with candles instead of the usually round or square or rectangular birthday cake. The kids will get a huge kick out of a “Whoopie Pie Birthday Cake.”