The making of Whoopie Pies has been a Pennsylvania tradition for many years and is prevalent in the Amish and Mennonite communities. If you have never tried a homemade Whoopie Pie, you are really missing out.
What is a Whoopie Pie you might ask? Basically, it is two round mounds of chocolate cake and sandwiched in between those cakes, is some delicious creamy vanilla frosting.
The following recipe was given to me back in the late 1980’s by a local Mennonite woman and to this day, its our favorite recipe.
Chocolate Whoopie Pies
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup powdered cocoa
- 1/2 teaspoon table salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 lb. butter, softened (divided)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (divided)
- 3/4 cup cold milk
- 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 1 cup marshmallow creme
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and baking soda; set aside. In another large bowl, combine the softened 1/4 pound of butter and granulated sugar. Using an electric mixer, beat until smooth and creamy. Stir in the 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract; beat for an additional 30 seconds. Stir in the flour mixture and beat again until all ingredients are combined.
Drop by large rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased baking sheet, about 4″ apart. Using a spoon, spread each mound of batter to form a circle, approximately 2 1/2″ in diameter. Bake in the oven for approximately 10 minutes or until the mini cakes spring back when touched.
While your mini cakes are baking, in a large bowl beat the remaining 1/4 pound of butter, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and confectioner’s sugar until smooth and creamy. Beat in the marshmallow creme until the filling is light and fluffy.
Once your mini cakes have cooled, spread the filling on half of the cakes and then top with an unfilled half. (like a sandwich cookie.) Store your homemade treats in an airtight canister.
Shelly Hill has been working from home since 1989 in Direct Sales and is a Manager with Tupperware. You can visit Shelly online at http://www.inthekitchenwithshelly.com/
Photo. Josh Wept