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.


  • Lan

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

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      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.

  • ceciliag

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

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      I will miss summer, but I’m looking forward to fall produce and holiday goodies!

  • http://savoringtoday.com Judy

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

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      Likewise! I really enjoyed reading through your blog.

  • http://usmasala.blogspot.com aipi

    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 :)

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      Enjoy them! I don’t know why it took me this long to make them but I’m hooked.

  • Cucpake Crusader

    These look so good!

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      It is! :) Thanks for stopping by!

      • Cucpake Crusader

        I just came across this recipe today, and it made me think of your whoopi pies: http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2010/09/29/pumpkin-whoopie-pies-maple-cream-cheese-frostin/

        • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

          Yum! I love Brown Eyed Baker, she makes the tastiest baked goodies. I was thinking pumpkin whoopie pies would make a perfect addition to Thanksgiving!

      • Cucpake Crusader

        I couldn’t agree more. I might have to step out of my cupcake comfort zone and try these out. I’m obsessed with anything pumpkin flavored.

  • David ELlis

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

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      I kept seeing them in the grocery store and craving them. They look like gigantic Oreos, which are my favorite non-homemade cookies. Minimal effort, totally worth it.

  • Grace@ FoodFitnessFreshAir

    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.

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      I actually made these because I kept seeing them in the store and almost buying them. Homemade is always best!

  • Jeanne Webster

    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. :)

  • http://www.jocooks.com Jo@jocooks

    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. :)

  • Yummy

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

  • http://spinachandspice.wordpress.com spinach&spice

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

  • btypes

    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

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      You don’t need a special pan, just use a cookie scoop! They’ll all come out uniform and round. I dunk the scoop in hot water periodically so the batter slides off easily.

  • Zoe

    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!

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      Good luck! I can’t wait to hear how they turn out!

  • Megan Ramaley

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

  • ryesandshine

    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!

  • Sean

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

  • foodandtools

    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

  • http://verywelldone.wordpress.com Tanya

    The whoopie pies look incredible!!!!!

  • Rhoda Kirwan

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

  • http://marcusculinaryexpeditions.wordpress.com mmarcus5

    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!

  • Pingback: Fig Newtons | Savory Simple()

  • Susan English

    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.

  • Kelvin M

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

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      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.

  • Virginia Porter

    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

  • Katie

    Looking forward to giving these a try!