Wednesday, July 6, 2011

summer of pies: whoopie pies!

This time around, I thought I'd throw you a curve ball for the Summer of Pies. 

Have you ever had a whoopie pie? In my mind, they're a vintage treat, but who knows...they may not be! Someone asked me "what's a whoopie pie?" and I said in reply, "kind of a cakier oreo." Turns out, whoopie pies are sometimes called BFO's. ((Big Fat Oreo!)) That is silly to me & makes me giggle.

I was scooping the cakes out at first and then decided to pull out the big gun. I also wouldn't claim that whoopie pies are the most glamorous things to pull out of the oven. Cow Patty, anyone? Maybe that's because I grew up "on a farm." ((Right, Chase?))

I tried to make some red velvet whoopie pies back around valentines day and they tasted icky. These did NOT taste icky, but were super messy. I used this recipe and the frosting was YUMMY, but wasn't thick enough for some reason and it just went everywhere. I literally tried to freeze the frosting so that I could take ONE decent photo. It worked for about 30 seconds and this is the reality of what happened immediately after:

Not pretty.

Anywho, they were delicious and a fun mix up from regular pies. 

Here's how I made them:

  • Ingredients:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 tsps baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg

For the filling:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 cups marshmallow cream (Marshmallow Fluff)
  • 1 tsp vanilla

To make the cakes:
-Preheat oven to 350°F.
-Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a bowl until combined. Stir together buttermilk and vanilla in a small bowl.
-Beat together butter & brown sugar in a large bowl with a  mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes in a standing mixer or 5 minutes with a handheld, then add egg, beating until combined well. Reduce speed to low and alternately mix in flour mixture and buttermilk in batches, beginning and ending with flour, scraping down side of bowl occasionally, and mixing until smooth.
-Spoon or pipe 1/4-cup mounds of batter about 2 inches apart onto 2 buttered large baking sheets. Bake in upper and lower thirds of oven, switching position of sheets halfway through baking, until tops are puffed and cakes spring back when touched, 11 to 13 minutes. Transfer with a metal spatula to a rack to cool completely.

To make the filling:
Beat together butter, confectioners sugar, marshmallow, & vanilla in a bowl with mixer at medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes.

Spread a tablespoon of the filling on flat sides of half of cakes and top with remaining cakes.

Any requests for my next pie adventure??


ps one of my sponsors, Dressing on the Side makes this awesome whoopie pie themed tee. Totally wish I had it to wear while I was making these!


  1. ugh delish!!! I'm headed to bed {maybe, freakin internet! lol} and saw this! maybe I'll dream about them :D looks soo good! & that shirt?! darling!

  2. haha awesome shirt!


  3. Whoppie! Maybe I'll make up a batch this weekend-they look absolutely delicious!

  4. :) loving the whoopie pies. We're thinking that whoopies are more known on the East coast? although they are becoming more popular all over the country. Our DOTS model says that shops in Portland, Oregon have them now.

  5. I work at a cupcake shop in my home town. We make red velvet whoopie pies! So soft, So delish.

  6. Ah that looks so good! I've never had a whoopie pie but I have had a gob...

    which is very similar. Lol I bet you can tell by a quick Google search which part of the country I'm from hahaha!

    for whoopie it marshmallow filling or frosting? Gobs are straight up frosting. Very sugary and oh so yummy!

    I am sorry to hear the filling didn't stay as well as it should of! : ( what a tasty, tasty bummer....and that shirt = sweet :)

    P.S. - I'm a new follower! I love your tutorials!!! :D

  7. yessss!! this is one kind of pie that hubby would like. must try this. yummm. i also think of them as a vintage treat.. wonder when/how they originated.

    enjoy your weekend kim!!


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