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Whoopie Pies

March 19

I was sent this recipe by a reader of my blog, who’s mother in law, Mrs Linda Daunt has lived all her life in Maine, New England and is a fantastic cook. She bakes these pies for special occasions, Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, birthdays, weddings, funerals and occasionally by special request when one of her daughters feels nostalgic for their childhood. Mrs. Daunt’s special touch is to add buttermilk instead of regular milk, to give the pies a richer taste.


  • serves Serves 16
  • time 50 mins


  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4 and line two baking sheets. Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
  2. 2. In another bowl, using an electric whisk, cream the sugar and the butter until pale and fluffy. Add in the egg, mixing again to combine. Slowly add the buttermilk and vanilla extract and dry ingredients to the bowl, in batches, mixing until everything is combined and you are left with a thick batter.
  3. 3. Spoon rounded teaspoons of the batter onto lined baking sheets, allowing space for them to spread while cooking. Place in the oven for approximately 15 minutes or until the tops have puffed up and spring back when lightly pressed.
  4. 4. While the mini pies halves are baking, prepare the filling by beating together all the ingredients until you are left with a nice smooth mix.
  5. 5. When they are cooked, remove the mini pie halves from the baking sheets with a metal spatula and place on wire rack to cool.
  6. 6. When the mini pies halves have cooled, spread a rounded teaspoon of the creamy filling on the flat side and sandwich together with another. Et voila, whoopie pies!

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For the pies:

120g butter

190g sugar

2 eggs

270g of flour

5 tbsp of good quality cocoa powder

1 tsp of baking powder

1/2 tsp of salt

1 tsp of vanilla extract

250ml of buttermilk

For the filling:

250g icing sugar

170g butter

2 egg whites

1 tsp of vanilla extract

A pinch of salt


You'll Need

Two baking sheets

Medium mixing bowl x 2

Electric whisk

Wire rack