Chocolate whoopie pie

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  • Makes: 8

  • Prep time:

    (including decorating time)
  • Cooking time:

    (may need an extra 2 mins)
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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Mid-price

Try this classic whoopie pie recipe made with cocoa (it's the pie pictured on the left) and make a delicious chocolate whoopie pie.


For the pies:

  • 125g (4oz) butter or margarine, softened
  • 200g (7oz) light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 350g (12oz) plain flour
  • 50g (2oz) cocoa powder
  • 5.25ml (1 tsp) bicarbonate of soda
  • 1.25ml ( tsp) salt
  • 250ml (9fl.oz) low-fat buttermilk

For the topping:

  • 150g (5oz) icing sugar
  • 37.5ml (2 tbsp) cocoa powder
  • Chocolate strands or silver balls, to decorate

For the filling:

  • 150g (5oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 250g (9oz) icing sugar
  • A few drops of vanilla extract

The name, whoopie pie, comes from when Amish women in America put them in farmers' lunchboxes, who would supposedly shout 'whoopie' if they found one in their box!


  1. Preheat oven to 180C (160C fan oven, 350F, gas mark 4). Line 2 or 3 large baking trays with baking parchment.
  2. First make the pies: In a mixing bowl, cream the butter or margarine and sugar together until pale and creamy then beat in the egg.
  3. Sift the flour, cocoa, bicarbonate of soda and salt into another bowl. Gradually add spoonfuls of the flour mixture along with the buttermilk, mixing well after each addition, to make a smooth, thick cake mixture.
  4. Using a 5cm (2in) diameter ice cream scoop, drop 6 to 8 scoops of the mixture on to each baking tray, spaced well apart to allow for room for spreading. Bake in the oven for 12-14 mins until risen, slightly cracked and firm to the touch. Cool for 5 mins on the trays before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. For the topping: Sift the icing sugar and cocoa powder into a mixing bowl and gradually mix in 5-6tsp warm water to make a smooth, glossy spreadable icing. Spread thickly over the peaked side of half the cold pies, smoothing the icing with the back of a knife. Sprinkle with your favourite cake decorations and leave on a wire rack for a few mins to set.
  6. For the filling: Put the butter in a mixing bowl and beat until soft. Gradually sieve in the icing sugar, beating well after each addition, to make a smooth, spreadable icing. Add a few drops of vanilla to flavour. Either spoon the filling into a piping bag fitted with a plain cm (5mm) nozzle and pipe over the flat sides of the remaining pie halves, or alternatively, spread thickly using a knife.
  7. To serve, when the iced pie tops are set, carefully sandwich them on to the filled pie halves and enjoy.

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i think i know: have you looked through the chocolate sponge cake recipe? well, there it says what to do to make quick chocolate icing and it would definitely be useful.


i'm sure i will love them myself...thanx!


Made these today - they really stick to the roof of your mouth - also a bit heavy - but great chocoholic food. Used marshmallow filling by putting 2 large marshmallows in microwave and cooking for 2/3 seconds until softened (this happens really quickly so watch through microwave window, then sandwiching between two pie halves. Yummy.


i know how to do step 2 but what do you do afterwards with the mixture????


Although the whoopie pie itself has cocoa powder in the recipe, the filling doesn't, but in the picture the filling is brown, i.e chocolate. Can anyone suggest how much cocoa powder to put into the filling?


Whoopie Pies actually date back to 1930. The Amish dessert was referenced in a cookbook called Yummy Book by the Durkee Mower Company, the manufacturer of Marshmallow Fluff. In this New England cookbook, a recipe for Amish Whoopie Pie was featured.... using Marshmallow Fluff in the filling. They have also been featured in an episode of 'Unwrapped' on the Food Network. It's hard to imagine so many people have never heard of them. Give them a'll love them.


Thank you very much, I shortly will come to England where I will be able to buy ingredients not available in Holland. I certainly will try some recipes of the Whoopie pies.

Alaina - Recipes Editor

Hi everyone, this recipe IS for the chocolate whoopie pies and we have now changed the pic to include the chocolate whoopie pie (pictured on the left). Apologies for any confusion this may have caused. A recipe for the vanilla whoopie pies (ones with the pink topping) are coming shortly. Thanks, Alaina - Recipes Editor

Shana Crawford

I too am really confused. The picure of the whoopie pies are not chocolate ones. Can I have the recipe for the pies shown in the image? thanks

Sandi S.

I've lived in the US all my life in farming communities and cities in 6 states across the West and Midwest areas. Was a professional baker and cook for many years too and have NEVER heard of these. Have some Amish friends and they have never mentioned them either when we shared recipes. So, I'm a bit confused.


Nixbit wrote; "the recipe includes cocoa powder in the cakes and the topping - the picture shows non-cocoa cakes with a pink topping - I'm confused!" - Well, so am I, obviously this is not the real photograph of the REAL Classic Whoopie pies. - I never ever heard of Whoopie pies anyway but then again I am Dutch and thus living in Holland. I would love to try them but it would be a waste of money if I try them and the recipe is no good! I would like to receive a reply.


the recipe includes cocoa powder in the cakes and the topping - the picture shows non-cocoa cakes with apink topping - I'm confused!

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