Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Vanilla Sandwich Cakes (AKA Whoopie Pies)

The other day I told my boys I'd bake something for them (which usually means I'm craving something sweet. which is dangerous.) I've been wanting to try out my babycakes cake pops machine that I got for Christmas so I broke it out. I wasn't even going to share this recipe with you guys because I used something that probably most of you don't own--this cake pop machine thingy. But after I thought about it, you could totally do these like mini whoopie pies and you wouldn't need to add to your kitchen gadget inventory. Yours would just look a bit more flat, as opposed to my rounded halves. These little sandwich cakes were a hit in our house so I had to share 'em. Plus, I posted a pic on MLST's FB page and a request was made for the recipe. And since I aim to please, here ya be. 

I used the cake recipe that came in the box and for the icing, I used this recipe since it calls for granulated sugar and I was clean out of the confectioners' variety (except for a teeny bit which I used to dust the cakes very lightly). The icing is called That's the Best Frosting I've Ever Had, so I had to try it, duh. And it was good--light and silky, with an almost whipped cream consistency. I halved the original recipe and it was plenty, even if you're cravin' some double-stuffed action. So if you're in the mood for something sweet and petite, these little gems won't disappoint. (I think they'd be super cute for a baby shower or some other girly get-together. Or for your husband and kids. Or...um...for yourself.)

Vanilla Whoopie Pies

Ingredients for the cake:
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk

Ingredients for the icing:
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

If you're going to make 'em like whoopie pies, follow these instructions (from here):

  1. For cookies: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease or line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Beat butter and sugar in large mixer bowl until light and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla extract; beat until smooth. 
  4. Alternately blend in flour mixture and milk into butter mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. 
  5. Drop by heaping measuring teaspoons onto prepared baking sheets. I used a cookie scoop (leveling it out as I went, to ensure consistent sizing). 
  6. Bake for 10 to 13 minutes or until springy to the touch. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

For the icing:
In a small saucepan, whisk flour into milk and heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens. You want it to be very thick, thicker than cake mix, more like a brownie mix is. Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature. (If you're in a hurry, place the saucepan over ice in the sink for about 10 minutes or so until the mixture cools.) It must be completely cool before you use it in the next step. Stir in vanilla.
While the mixture is cooling, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. You don’t want any sugar graininess left. Then add the completely cooled milk/flour/vanilla mixture and beat the living daylights out of it. If it looks separated, you haven’t beaten it enough! Beat it until it all combines and resembles whipped cream.
Scoop or pipe icing onto cookies, pressing a second cookie on top.
I kept them in the fridge while they were around, which shamefully wasn't very long at all. This recipe made about 4 dozen whoopie pies.


  1. love the food photography! what settings did you use for close up shots? you should do a photography tutorial series! I think a lot of people would be interested in learning how to use their DSLRs. I know I do!

    1. Well thanks for the compliment! But I must confess that I use the auto setting:/ I know, I know. One of these days I'll learn how to use my DSLR properly. Glad you enjoy the photography, nonetheless:)

    2. hah! oh gosh! you had me fooled! :D i will learn to embrace auto!

  2. The cake pop maker ideas is pretty genius. I mean these are so pretty I think you could make a business out of it. The pics look pretty awesome also!


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