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Chocolate Whoopie Pies


Adapted from Gourmet, January 2003

Makes 12 big pies


For cakes


  •     2 cups all-purpose flour
  •     1/2 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  •     1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  •     1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  •     1 teaspoon salt
  •     1 cup well-shaken buttermilk
  •     1 teaspoon vanilla
  •     1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  •     1 cup packed brown sugar
  •     1 large egg

For filling


  •     1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  •     1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
  •     2 cups marshmallow cream such as Marshmallow Fluff
  •     1 teaspoon vanilla


Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°F.

Step 2: To make the cakes:

Step 3: Whisk together flour, cocoa, espresso powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl until combined.

Step 4: Stir together buttermilk and vanilla in a small bowl.

Step 5: Beat together butter and brown sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes in a standing mixer or 5 minutes with a handheld, then add egg, beating until combined well.

Step 6: Reduce speed to low and alternately mix in flour mixture and buttermilk in batches, beginning and ending with flour, scraping down side of bowl occasionally, and mixing until smooth.

Step 7: Spoon 1/4-cup mounds of batter about 2 inches apart onto 2 buttered large baking sheets.

Step 8: Bake in upper and lower thirds of oven, switching position of sheets halfway through baking, until tops are puffed and cakes spring back when touched, 11 to 13 minutes. Transfer with a metal spatula to a rack to cool completely.

Step 9: To make the filling: Beat together butter, confectioners sugar, marshmallow, and vanilla in a bowl with electric mixer at medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes.

Step 10: To assemble pies: Spread a rounded tablespoon filling on flat sides of half of cakes and top with remaining cakes.

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