Whoopie Pies from a Cake Mix

whoopee pies

Whoopie Pies from a Cake Mix

Here’s what you need:
1 chocolate cake mix
3 eggs
1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
……..
2 sticks of butter, softened

3-4 cups of powdered sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.In a mixer, combine cake mix, eggs, water and oil.  Whip together for 2-3 minutes.On a parchment paper* or Silpat lined baking sheet, scoop out batter into round mounds.  Use a small ice cream scoop that measured 1 2/3 inches in diameter.  Use the back of a spoon to round out scoops of batter into perfect circles.Use pre-cut parchment sheets that fit perfectly in a sheet pan… they are a dream.  They are non-stick and you can just throw them away after you use them.  I use them for everything – cookies, roasting vegetables, meatballs, etc.  I’m stocking them in my store as one of my favorite “essentials” – 200 sheets for $12… which should be a year supply.  No more washing the silpat.Bake for 8 minutes.  Cool.

For the icing, in your mixer with the paddle attachment, whip together butter and sugar (start with 3 cups of powdered sugar, then add more if necessary for thickness).  Whip for 5 minutes until light and fluffy (the extra time makes all the difference!).  Scoop into a pastry bag (you can buy here, 20 bags for $12) with the end cut with a 1/2 inch opening.

To fill, pipe icing onto the bottom cookie (wrong side up), then top with another cookie (right side up).

whoopie pies
You can make any size you’d like, these ended up being almost 5 inches!
 *Again, switched to using pre-cut parchment sheets – one of my new favorite things.
 royal icing
Whipping the butter and powdered sugar for 5 minutes gives it a really fluffy, airy quality.

whoppie pies

Here is my pastry bag with the end cut off… also one of my favorite things.  They make it so much easier to control rather than just spreading with a knife. Use a disposable one so you don’t have to worry about washing it… just toss it.
filling a whoppie pie

Bottom half.


…and top.  Looks like a big fluffy oreo, right?!  I think I must go have another one right now with a big glass of milk.

Source: Jenny Steffins

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