Whoopie pie making: 101

classic whoopie piesThe Whoopie pie is a classic dessert made with two fluffy mounds of rich chocolate cake filled with creamy vanilla frosting. Their popularity has spanned many generations and they are seemingly beloved by everyone of all ages in New England. Regardless of the fact that, currently, three states (Maine, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania) continue to attempt to lay claim to the birthing rights of this classic treat, its origin is still unknown. It has, however, been given the title of the official state treat of Maine. Making homemade whoopie pies is easier than you might think, and it is certainly worth the time it takes.

According to Martha Stewart’s recipe for whoopie pies, the following ingredients are needed for the chocolate cake mounds: flour, salt, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, butter, sugar, buttermilk, eggs and vanilla. The ingredients for the filling are: sugar, water, light corn syrup, egg whites and vanilla. You start by making the cakes—and sifting together the dry ingredients is the first step. Then, set the bowl aside and begin creaming together the butter and sugar until a fluffy consistency forms. After this, add the eggs, buttermilk and vanilla. When everything is well-incorporated, start adding the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until is well combined. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper for best results, and begin scooping the chocolate mixture onto the pans with an ice cream scoop. Put the pans in the oven and set your timer for 12 minutes. As they are baking you can then get started on making the filling. Once the cakes have fully cooled, go ahead and fill the whoopie pies.

Homemade whoopie pies are definitely some of the best whoopie pies you’ll taste, and alongside a tall frosty glass of milk the experience is quite possibly perfection.