As the More is More Mom®, I am all about…..making more whoopie (pies, that is…sorry Honey)! A pie by any other name would taste as sweet; Suzy Q, scooter pie, black moon, moon pie. What could be more special than a home made, spongy, chocolaty cake filled with creamy, marshmallow-y goodness?
Classic Whoopie Pie:
Pre-heat your oven to 375°, placing one rack in the center of the oven. For optimal air circulation, we are only going to cook one tray at a time. If you have more than one oven, you’ll want to use them, or you may be here forever.
This recipe makes approximately 48 individual cakes, or 24 whoopie pies
In a mixing bowl, sift together;
1 2/3 cup of flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 ½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
A Kitchen-aid type standing mixer will make this whole process a cinch, but using a hand mixer will work just fine too. In a large bowl, combine;
4 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 Tbsp vegetable shortening
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
Beat until combined on low speed.
Increase the speed to medium and beat until soft and fluffy.
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract (always pure, no imitations necessary)
Beat until nice and creamy.
On a low speed, add and beat;
½ the flour mixture
½ the milk
Beat until well incorporated.
Remaining flour mixture and milk
Beat until well combined and fluffy.
Line baking sheets with parchment paper
Scoop 1 Tbsp of batter onto baking sheet (place the clusters about 2” away from each other)
Bake one sheet at a time, for approximately 10 minutes. They spongy cake will spring back when gently pressed.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for several minutes before removing and placing on a cooling rack.
Does any more need to be said? Who doesn’t love Marshmallow Fluff?
Again, a Kitchen-Aid type standing mixer would make this process a dream, but a hand mixer always does the job.
In a mixing bowl, combine;
1 1/2 cups Marshmallow Fluff
1 ¼ cups vegetable shortening
Start the mixing out slow and gradually increase to medium, until creamy and fluffy, for about 3 minutes.
Reduce mixing speed to low and add;
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 Tbsp vanilla extract
Beat until incorporated and increase to medium speed until fluffy (for about 3 more minutes)
Whoopie Pie Assembly:
Take one cake, flat side up and spread filling with a heavy hand. You’ll want between ¼” and ½” of filling per pie. Take another individual cake and place it flat side down on top of the frosting and you’ve made your self a whoopie pie!
Put them on a platter or under a dome, but don’t expect them to last long. As the More is More Mom®, naturally I made a double batch. I gave a dozen as a hostess gift (in disposable storage containers) along with a Halloween pedestal platter. I think it is more special to give a gift that is personal whenever possible.
More chocolate, more marshmallow-y goodness, means more special moments!