As I was sitting down to write this post I thought I’d make a joke about how it was the first dessert I’d posted in ages that isn’t cake. But then I realized that of course whoopie pies are cake. Just small cakes, shaped into a sandwich with their icing. So the cake parade continues 🙂
The cake base here is the same one I use for these chocolate peanut butter cupcakes and this dark chocolate pear cake, only with slightly less liquid. It’s pretty tried-and-true in my kitchen at this point, and I had a very fun time shaping it into this seasonal treat.
The filling of the whoopie pies is a vegan buttercream with pumpkin pie spice and a pinch of turmeric for a light orange color (you could use food coloring to make it even more orange and festive).
As I’ve been snacking on these goodies, I’ve realized that they’re in many ways a dream dessert, for me. They’re a perfect answer to cake cravings, but slightly less of a commitment than, say, a cupcake. They’ve got just enough buttercream to be decidedly sweet, but the cake to frosting ratio is skewed in favor of cake, which I like. They’re fun to make, and the piping is easy.
In fact, you don’t have to pipe the buttercream into them at all. But I found that piping was both neater and easier than trying to use a spoon or knife to fill the pies up. It’s up to you. If you pipe, you can use a homemade piping bag, and it doesn’t need to be very precise, since the pies will get sandwiched up in the end.
These little pies are lovely for sharing, whether you give them to trick-or-treaters, offer some to classmates or coworkers, or just share with family and friends. I tried freezing a few, and that works, too: just be prepared for the fact that the buttercream edges may look a little less neat when you defrost. The pies will still taste wonderful, which is what matters most.
I don’t have big Halloween plans, but it’s a holiday that I love and always find a way to celebrate, even if that’s just watching a scary movie or smiling at kids dressed up and roaming the streets with their parents in my neighborhood. I’m happy to add a good homemade dessert to the celebration this year.
Happy Halloween, friends. I’ll see you for the weekend roundup.