Move over cupcakes…Whoopie Pies are the new darling!
We Southerners grew up on moon pies, but whoopie pies were the sweet treats of choice for our New England cousins. Not pies at all, they are small, round sponge cakes that are baked like drop cookies and sandwiched together with fluffy frosting.
The original whoopie pies had humble beginnings in Pennsylvania Amish country. Legend tells us that cooks would bake up leftover cake batter into cookies for their husbands’ lunch boxes; the lucky person who found their cake-like sandwich would yell “whoopie!”.
Whoopie pie mania has accelerated over the past few years, showing up in waves across the country from country restaurants and convenience stores to specialty food shops and boutique bakeries. Migrating to England last year, they took Britain’s most chic bakery counters by storm, outselling cupcakes and doughnuts.
The original whoopie pie was chocolate with a white frosting filling, arguably made from butter, confectioners’ sugar, and marshmallow fluff. We dress up this chocolate cake sandwich with a cranberry cream frosting; Truffle Whoopie Pies with Cranberry Cream Filling are beautiful individual desserts for a party.
But whoopie pies now come in all sizes and flavors. For the fall, Spiced Sweet Potato Whoopie Pies and Coconut Whoopie Pies make perfect pick-up treats for a tailgate party, box lunch picnic, or any other cool weather gathering. For the holiday season, Peppermint Crunch Whoopie Pies are a must and we wouldn’t be southern without mentioning what we now consider our own queen of the whoopie pies…the Red Velvet Whoopie Pie. Perfect for any time of the year!
Dear, Paula Deen
Well I think you are the most amazing person, you are my role model if they took you off from the set I would of died inside your the best cook and I can't waite to see you again
Alexis Conner in Summer Salad Days on December 04, 2013 at 4:59 pm
Paula, I used to watch your show on Food Network a lot when I still had the TV and cable many year ago. You weren't even that big a star back then. I always love watching you cook on Youtube after I ditched my TV and cable and read your recipes on Food Network Magazines. I hope one day you can return to Food Network and the Food Network Magazine. I stop buying the magazine since you were gone.
Orindary Jane in Love at Last on December 04, 2013 at 2:32 am
Great blog Cindy!!!! I always enjoy reading your post. This Thanksgiving centerpiece is absolutely beautiful and so easy to make.
Ann in A Perfectly Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece on December 03, 2013 at 8:10 pm
Paula, made your Zucchini Custard Casserole for Thanksgiving and it was Fantastic!!! Thank you so much! Love you & your family. Happy holidays!
Pat Walker in Love at Last on December 02, 2013 at 8:45 pm