The Whoopie Pie – said to have gained their name as they were originally made by Amish housewives in the USA to be given to farmer husbands, who were said to exclaim “Whoopie” when discovering this treat in their lunchbox. Whatever their history, these “cake-cookies” are fast becoming a popular treat world-wide and are quite simple to make!
Ingredients (Makes 10 full Whoopie Pies)
- 125g unsalted butter, softened
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup (110g) firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup (75g) plain flour
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 1/3 cup (35g) cocoa
- 2/3 cup (160ml) buttermilk
Ingredients (Butter Cream Filling)
- 60g unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup (120g) icing sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
Preheat oven to 200ºC and line oven trays with baking paper.
Beat butter, vanilla, sugar and egg in a small bowl with an electric mixture until light and fluffy.
Beat in sifted flour, soda and cocoa plus buttermilk on low speed, until mixture is well combined and smooth.
Drop level tablespoons of mixture onto trays 4cm apart. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes. Allow to fully cool on trays.
To make butter cream filling beat butter in a small bowl with electric mixer until as white as possible. Gradually beat in half the sifted icing sugar and the milk until well combine and then beat in the remaining sifted icing sugar until well combined.
Generously spread the filling over half of the rounds and then sandwich together with the remaining rounds. You can decorate your Whoopie Pies by rolling them on their sides in sprinkles, chocolate flakes or chopped nuts or just enjoy them as they are!
Another popular filling for Whoopie Pies involves using marshmallow – to make this place 100g of marshmallows and 1 teaspoon of warm water in a microwave-safe dish and microwave on high for 20 seconds, then stir and repeat until fully melted and smooth. Use this in place of the butter cream filling.