I love fall!  I am so happy that Labor Day has arrived and I decided whoopie pies were the perfect way to celebrate the holiday weekend.  Having never made them before I hit up the experts at Gourmet for a recipe.  I didn’t make any adjustments this time aside from adding a tablespoon of espresso powder to enhance the chocolate flavor.  And did it ever deliver!  The cake was moist and the filling was gooey and sweet.  The espresso powder added a richness that was perfect.

This will definitely be my base recipe for whoopie pies in the future.  It was so incredibly easy and there are endless possibilities for changing it up!


Whoopie Pies
Cook time
Total time
For the Cake:
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cups cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon espresso powder
  • 1¼ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup well-shaken buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
For the Filling:
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1¼ cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 cup Marshmallow Fluff
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Make the cakes:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Whisk together the flour, cocoa, espresso powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl until combined. Stir together buttermilk and vanilla in a separate bowl.
  3. Beat together softened butter and brown sugar in an electric mixer and medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Add egg, beating until well combined. Scrape down sides of the bowl. Reduce speed to low and alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour. Scrape down sides occasionally and mix until just smooth.
  4. Using a cookie scoop (any size you prefer), scoop out mounds of batter 2 inches apart onto 2 large baking sheets that are either buttered or layered with parchment. Bake in the upper and lower thirds of the oven, rotating the sheets halfway through, until the tops are puffed and caked spring back when touched, 11-13 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
Make the filling:
  1. Beat together butter, confectioners sugar, marshmallow and vanilla at medium speed until smooth, 3 minutes. Set aside.
Assemble whoopie pies:
  1. Spread filling evenly on flat sides of half the cakes and top with the remaining cakes!
  2. Gourmet claims that these are better the second day. So... try not to eat them all at once.


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  1. happy end of summer!
    i agree, the best way to send Summer off is to turn on the oven and bake something wonderful.

    • I’m definitely in a baking mood. I think whole wheat apple muffins are on the menu for tonight. I keep sending baked goods into work with Jeff so we don’t eat everything. Hopefully his coworkers are happy and not groaning as more buttery goodness enters the building.

  2. Oh they do look tasty, just keep baking them and maybe summer will hang about a bit longer.

  3. Thanks for stopping by Savoring Today, I appreciate finding your blog too! You’ve got some beautiful photos and food styling here :D

  4. I have been meaning to try making whoopie pies FOREVER, yet still haven’t. Your version sounds so delicious and definitely giving me some much needed push to try :)

  5. Cucpake Crusader says:

    These look so good!

  6. David ELlis says:

    I’ve never been into whoppie pies, but this is winning me over!

  7. Grace@ FoodFitnessFreshAir says:

    Oddly, my roommates and I made whoopie pies for the first time ever this weekend for a birthday! Although…they were from a box. I bet these are ten times the deliciousness.

  8. Jeanne Webster says:

    Yummy! And I just started to diet! Oh, well, there’s always tomorrow. NICE site! I stopped by to thank you for liking my pizza recipe. I shall return here again for sure. :)

  9. I have to confess, I’ve never made whoopie pies either and I think the name is quite funny. I’ve been meaning to attempt to make them so thank you for making it look so easy. :)

  10. Oh, I love sweets! You’ve got great recipe collection here, and I love your photographs! :) Thank you for stopping by :)

  11. I’ve been on a baking craze as of late.. maybe this will be next on the list! :)

  12. These look adorable, I made some once that were chocolate peanut butter with sprinkles. They were cute, but I think I needed one of those pans to make them look perfectly rounded and symetrical

  13. I’ve printed this and am gonna give them a shot. They are so cute and look yum yum yummy, Will update you after my attempt.
    :) Wish me luck!

  14. Megan Ramaley says:

    These look awesome! I’m gonna give em a try :)

  15. ryesandshine says:

    This is a perfect recipe. My fiance is obsessed with whoopie pies, and every time he visits Lancaster, PA (which is near where my family is from) he stocks up at the PA Dutch markets! I’ve seen recipes for red velvet, pumpkin, peanut butter, etc., but haven’t been able to track down a traditional recipe until now. Thanks for sharing!

  16. I love whoopie pies and don’t see them alot up here in Vancouver, glad to come across your blog and this awesome recipe

  17. foodandtools says:

    Thank you for leaving me a like comment on my blog. I myself like whoopie pies and have been trying out some recipes lately. Your whoopies look really good. Moya

  18. The whoopie pies look incredible!!!!!

  19. Rhoda Kirwan says:

    These look incredible!! I will definitely try these and let you know how I get on. I love your blog. Rhoda :O)

  20. Thanks for stopping by our site. We’ve checked out your blog and the recipes look great and the photos beautiful. I have to admit…the first thing we’ll attempt to make off your blog are the whoopie pies. We only recently became acquainted with the whoopie pie over Labor Day weekend (coincidentally). We were visiting Maine where the whoopie pie is virtually a religion. We had the best (albeit our only) whoopie pies at our B&B and have been reluctant to take a stab at it. Now we have the recipe to do it!

  21. Susan English says:

    I just want too let you know that I’am going too making the whoopie pies this weekend. It sound good. I been looking for the recepie for a long time. Thank-you for the receipe.

  22. Kelvin M says:

    Ok so how do you print this recipe? Tried on print preview, but it won’t come up right.

    • Ah, it looks like I never switched this one over to my new recipe plugin. I’ll do it sometimes later today but if you need the recipe in the meantime I’d just copy and paste it into a word document.

  23. Virginia Porter says:

    Hi, My Mom made Whoopie Pies and made it as a cake. She passed away, her cake recipe was called Crazy Cake, I have that. Unfortunately, I can’t find her frosting recipe. I know she used Crisco, Confectioners. sugar and some stove top cooking was involved. No marshmallow fluff! Anyone have that recipe? I really would love to find it. Thanks. Ginni

  24. Looking forward to giving these a try!


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