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.
- 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.