Prep Time: 12 min.

Cook Time: 15 min.

Yield: 8 whoopie pies


The Cake

2 cups all-purpose flour

½ cup cocoa powder

teaspoons baking soda

½ teaspoon table salt

½ cup vegetable shortening

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup buttermilk

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


The Filling

4oz (half of 8-oz package) cream cheese, softened

¼ cup butter, softened

½ teaspoon vanilla

1 ¼ cups powdered sugar


The Cake

Preheat the oven to 350F degrees and line two baking sheets with baking parchment. Set aside.

Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl fitted with a paddle, cream together the shortening and sugar.

Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined.

Continue to mix on low speed while alternately adding the buttermilk and flour mixture. Stop to scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed.

Spoon about ¼-cup of batter roughly 3 inches apart onto the prepared baking sheets. 16 scoops (an ice cream scoop works well here).

Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the tops are puffed and a toothpick inserted into the center of one of the cakes comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

The Filling

In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla with electric mixer on low speed until well combined. Slowly add powdered sugar, beating on low speed until incorporated. Increase speed to medium; beat 1 minute

For each whoopie pie, spread 1-2 generous tablespoons of filling on the bottom of 1 cookie; place second cookie, bottom side down, on filling.

Wrap individually in cling film until you're ready to eat one.





Old Fashioned Maine Whoopie Pies

People in other places will tell you that whoopie pies were invented somewhere else, but honestly, Maine claims it.  Maine whoopie pies are the size of a salad plate. Everyone knows that it takes two hands to eat a Maine whoopie pie, folks.  They are so huge that you'll want to share one with a friend. Also, a big glass of milk is almost mandatory when eating a whoopie pie. Maine kids grow up chasing down homemade whoopie pies. After all, it is the Maine state dessert.