This Whoopie Pie – Easy recipe with cake mix is an easy way to create delightful little chocolate cake sandwich treats. Made from cake batter, these pies are soft and fluffy, with a frosting center, and just melt in your mouth.
For a no-bake fun treat, see our Edible Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Recipe.
It’s a cake, it’s a cookie! It’s a whoopie pie!!! These cake cookies are decadent like chocolate cake and easy to handle like cookies. Most importantly, with a simple box mix, they are our short-cut version and super easy to make. They are rumored to last for days, but I have never had leftovers. One bite of these treats, and you will know what I mean.
Why We Love These Whoopie Pies from Cake Mix
- Delicious gooey frosting sandwiched between two soft cake-like cookies.
- So much cheaper than buying. One box mix can make about 10 generously sized treats.
- Easy Whoopie Pie Recipe: Just pop open a cake box mix and follow the quick recipe.
- A big hit with little ones and grown-ups alike! I took these for a high tea potluck, and these were one of the first treats to finish! They look like hard work, but are deceptively easy to make, especially if you just use readymade frosting.
What is a Whoopie Pie?
A whoopie pie is a cookie sandwich, with two mounds of chocolate cake and a creamy frosting between them to form a sandwich. Originating in the New England area in the USA, they are now gaining popularity elsewhere too. These delicious cookies also go by Black Moon, Gob, and Bif Fat Oreo (BFO).
What ingredients are needed to make Whoopie Pies?
Since we are using a box mix, the ingredient list is short.
Cake Mix: Use any chocolate cake mix can find. I have used Betty Crocker’s Devil’s Food Cake Mix.
Oil: I have used neutral-smelling oils like vegetable oil, canola, safflower, rice bran, etc.
Eggs: 2 large eggs
Water: To add moisture to the cake batter.
Chocolate cake mix suggestions for Whoopie Pies
Other popular brands of cake mixes include
Pillsbury Moist Supreme Devil’s Food Cake Mix
Duncan Hines Signature Perfectly Moist Triple Chocolate
Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Devil’s Food Cake
Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Devil’s Food Cake
White Wings Cake Mix Rich Chocolate Cake
How to make Easy Whoopie Pies From Cake Box Mix
Please ignore the instructions printed on the box.
Make The Batter
1. Whisk eggs till they are light and even in color, and frothy in texture. The more air you incorporate, the fluffier your cookies will be. Add water and oil and continue whisking for about 10 seconds.
2. Add the cake mix and whisk only for a few seconds just till the dry mix is incorporated.
3. There should be no lumps or dry cake mix visible. Do not over whisk as it will alter the gluten structure and make the cookies chewy
4. Line a baking sheet with baking paper or a silicone baking mat. Do not spray or apply oil to the baking paper or mat. Oil will encourage the spread of batter, and make your cookies flatter. We need big fat cookies. Make dough balls either with a melon scoop, ice cream scoop, cookie dough scoop, or roll with your hands. If using your hands, oil them first (a few drops) so the dough does not stick to them.
Chilling the dough
5. Chill the dough balls for about 30 minutes to 2 hours before baking. This will further prevent the dough from spreading too much.
Baking the pies
6. Optional Step: Sprinkle some sugar over the chilled dough for a delightful crunch.
7. When ready to bake, preheat your oven to 390 F / 200 C. This higher than usual temperature will need just 8-10 minutes of baking time. (Low and slow baking will create a crunchy crispy cookie. )
8. After 8-10 minutes, remove the baking tray from the oven. Using a knife gently separate the cookie from the sheet and place them on a cooling tray.
9. Once the cookies are cooled completely, put frosting on half the cookies, and use the remaining to make sandwiches. Always make sure that the flat sides are facing each other and the domes are pointing outwards.
10. Optional: Roll the iced cookies sideways in funfetti or sprinkles.
Some Useful Tips and Notes
Do not overwork the batter
Use oil and water instead of butter
Chill the dough first
If making from scratch, use brown sugar instead of white sugar
Do not oil the baking surface, so the batter does not spread too much
Bake for a shorter time at a higher temperature
Do not leave cookies in the hot oven, They will continue to cook and harden.
Cool them on a cookie rack. If you do not have a cooling rack, use a clean cloth, a large plate, or wooden slats. It is important to take the cookies off the hot baking tray so they do not continue to cook.
Frequently Asked Questions About Easy Box Mix Whoopie Pies
What is Whoopie Pie filling made of?
Traditionally the filling is a white creamy frosting made with butter and sugar. However, there are many variations you can use, like ganache frosting, marshmallow-based filling, flour-based frosting etc.
Is Whoopie Pie the same as Moon Pie?
Moon pies are crunchy cookies with marshmallow fillings and coated with chocolate. Whoopie pies are softer cake sandwiches with a frosting center.
What can I serve with Whoopie Pie?
Whoopie pies are great on their own or with a glass of milk or coffee.
How do I store these Cake Mix Whoopie Pies?
Whoopie pies are best stored in the fridge in a food-safe container. They will last longer this way. You can also freeze them in an airtight freezer-safe container.
How long do homemade whoopie pies last?
They will last 8-10 days in the fridge and about 2 months in the freezer.
What is the difference between a cake and a whoopie pie?
While both cake and whoopie pies are made from cake batter, whoopie pies have frosting on the inside and are more portable versions of cake. They are also easier to handle and less messy, making them perfect for outdoor events and picnics. You do not need a plate and silverware to eat whoopie pies. That’s a big win in my eyes!
What other frostings can I use for Whoopie pies?
Traditional whoopie pies have chocolate cake outside and fluffy white frosting inside. For an indulgent, 2 ingredient chocolate frosting, try this Whipped Chocolate Ganache Frosting.
What variations can I make of this Chocolate Whoopie Pie?
Some fun alternatives to Chocolate Whoopie Pies are Confetti Whoopie Pies, Red Devil Cake Pies, Lemon Whoopie Pies, etc.
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Whoopie Pie – Easy Recipe With Cake Mix
- 1 box Devil's Chocolate Cake Box Mix
- 2 eggs
- 4 Tbsp Oil
- 2 Tbsp Water (only if needed)
- 1 pack Icing
- 1 cup Sprinkles Optional
- 1/2 cup Sugar for sprinkling Optional
- Line cookie sheet with a baking paper or silicone baking liners
- In a large bowl, whisk eggs till light in color.
- Add water and oil and whisk again.
- Fold in the cake box mix.
- Make dough balls with your hands or a cookie dough scoop and place them on your baking sheet with about 2 inches of space.
- Chill these dough balls for 2 hours in the refrigerator.
- If using, sprinkle some sugar on top of the dough balls.
- Bake at 390 F to 200 C for about 8 – 10 minutes.
- Remove tray from oven and gently place cookies on cooling sheets. This will prevent the cookies from overbaking, and becoming crunchy.
- Once the cookies are completely cooled, add frosting to the flat side of one cookie and place another cookie on top, so that the two flat sides are facing each other.
- Spraying oil on your baking sheet will encourage the dough to spread. If you have a silicone baking sheet, it is preferable to use that.
- You can also use a piping bag to pipe the batter on the baking sheet.
- For a nicer-looking finish, you can pipe the frosting on the cookies with swirly patterns.
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