Saturday, June 18, 2011

Whoopie Pies


While Whoppie Pies are considered a New England phenomenon and a Pennsylvania Amish tradition, they are increasingly sold throughout the United States. According to food historians, Amish women would bake these desserts (known as hucklebucks at the time) and put them in farmers' lunchboxes. When farmers would find the treats in their lunch, they would shout "Whoopie!" It is thought that the original Whoopie pies may have been made from cake batter leftovers.  he whoopie pie is the official state treat of Maine (not to be confused with the official state dessert, which is blueberry pie).
So for Father's Day I decided to make Whoopie Pies for my Dad and my husband.  Growing up, I remember my dad going crazy when my mom would make these for him and I totally see why. These are a  light and fluffy piece of heaven!



  • Cake
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package devil's food cake mix

Filling
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Directions:

To make the cakes: Prepare mix as directed on package except using only 3/4 cup of water. Drop batter onto greased cookie sheet (or use parchment paper to line pan) in 2 1/2 to 3 inch circles. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool.


To make the filling: In a saucepan, combine milk and flour and cook, stirring constantly until it forms a thick paste. Let cool.
In a medium bowl, beat sugar and shortening until fluffy. Add vanilla. Add cooled flour mixture and beat until double in volume.
Turn the little cakes over on their backs. Spoon a dollop of filling onto half of the little cakes. Place the other half of the cakes on top of the filling to form sandwiches.

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