We’re baking treats and making dishes from around the world in excitement of our next book, See the World… (out November 2014).
There’s a lot of “we made it first” when it comes to the Whoopie Pie; Pennsylvania, Maine, and New Hampshire all say they are this treat’s birthplace. However, Maine decided to one up all the other states by making it their official state treat in 2011. Apparently, people take the whoopie pie very seriously. After you have a bite, you’ll understand why. Here’s is a really quick way to make whoopie pies using cake mix. Cake ingredients: 2 boxes of devil food’s cake mix, 4 eggs, and 1 ¼ cup shortening.
Prepare by lining a baking tray with parchment paper and preheating the oven to 375 degrees. Combine all of the cake ingredients and mix. The batter will be thick. Using a 1in ice-cream scooper, scoop the batter and place each about 2 inches apart. (A round tablespoon works perfect too. Just give it a few taps and the batter comes out in the perfect shape.) With a little water on your fingertips, smooth the surface out. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Frosting ingredients: 4 cups of powdered sugar, 8 ounces of cream cheese, ½ cup butter, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Mix all the ingredients and place frosting into a piping bag. Frost the bottom side of one cookie and place a second cookie on top like a sandwich.
This recipe makes about 24 whoopie pies. Too many whoopies? Just cut the recipe in half. If you’d like to get real professional you can make it from scratch and even purchase a whoopie pie tray! I hope you enjoy Maine’s official state treat!
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