Whoopie Pies From Cake Mix

When I was shopping, I noticed a display of whoopie pie fall mixes on a end counter.  It reminded me that I had this recipe already written in my drafts to make.  I go through my recipes and pick things to make in the future for my blog  or I stumble over a low cost recipe that I want to try which I copy to my drafts.  The whoopie pie kit was for pumpkin whoopie pies.  You can make this original recipe using a cake mix and items you have in your pantry for the frosting at half the price of the kit.  A spice cake mix would be nice for the fall and roll the edges of the frosted whoopie pies in fall sprinkles.

This is an easy recipe using a box of cake mix.  You just reduces the water to 3/4 cup and follow the rest of the directions for eggs and oil.  I have whoopie pie baking sheets that I have had for about 15 years that I use. You can still buy whoopie pie baking pans.  But you can draw circles on parchment paper to spoon batter on.  Just bake and fill with a frosting.

The recipe came off of a box of cake mix in the 1960’s.  That was the first time I had heard of whoopie pies.  I made them and loved them. I was surprised that there was a video for just this 50 year old recipe.  There are many recipes for whoopie pies and even whole cookbooks  dedicated to them.  But I just always go back to this recipe, because it is easy to mix up and it doesn’t use expensive ingredients.  A wonderful recipe of budget bites to add to your recipe box.

I used a whoopie pie pan that I bought about 15 years ago.  The pan is still being made by Wilton and can be bought on line.  They only took about 10 minutes to cook in my oven.  The cake mix made 24 whoopie pies using the pan.  Also my grand kids like marshmallow fluff in the middle instead of the frosting.  So since my grandson was here we used the fluff.

Whoopie Pies

  • Servings: 24 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 box chocolate cake mix or any flavor you want
  • 3/4 cups water
  • eggs according to mix directions
  • oil according to mix directions


Follow the directions for the number of eggs and the amount of oil that is on the cake box.  Mix according to directions.

Preheat oven 350 degrees.  Draw circles on parchment paper using a small bowl to trace around.  Or lightly spray vegetable spray on the whoopie pie baking sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes until the top springs back when touched.  Cool.

Ingredients for filling:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 5 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup shortening*
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

*  You can use butter or butter flavored shortening but not margarine.  Margarine is too soft and runny.  Shortening stays solid at room temp.

Directions for filling:

Heat milk and flour in a small sauce pan stirring until thick.  Cool to room temperature. In a mixing bowl beat shortening and sugar until fluffy.  Add milk mixture and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy.  Fill the whoopie pies.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. I devoured four of these from Amish Country yesterday! I usually make them from scratch but when I go to my favorite Amish Bakery they are what I buy. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      It is an easy recipe that makes up quickly. Kids always love them. You ate 4 of them! Oh my. I only ate one tonight. It is hard to eat just one. I loved getting them when I was a kid at the Amish Flea market. So when this recipe showed up on the back of a cake mix when I was in high school, I was excited to be able to make them. That was a long time ago. .

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  2. These whoopie pies look so good! I just made brownies using cake mix too and they turned out amazing! Hope you like them as much as I liked your recipe 🙂

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      I just used a cake mix to make fruit and nut bites. They are like little fruit cakes, I will be posting them in a few days.

      When I started blogging here nine years ago, there was a group of young foodies that was making all kinds of baked goods from cake mixes including pan cakes. It was fun to read their comments to each other.

      Thanks for stopping in and commenting.


  3. Donna says:

    I just made these and they are wonderful!

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  4. Sadly never heard of Woopy pies but sounds as if one should try them

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  5. thank you for commenting on my blog.

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