As American as apple pie, and as New England as a whoopie pie, these sweet saucers of spice abound with the flavors of Fall. Two generous cakes sandwich a rich cinnamon-cider buttercream filling. It is one of the most decadent desserts you can hold in one hand.
2 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 tablespoons butter, softened (1/2 stick)
4 tablespoons shortening
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup unsweetened applesauce, homemade or purchased
2 teaspoons apple pie spice
Cinnamon-Cider Buttercream Filling
3 cups prepared Italian Buttercream Icing
2 tablespoons boiled cider syrup
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon oil
Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper,
or spritz well with cooking spray.
In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla
and applesauce and spice until well combined.
Place the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, butter, and shortening
in the bowl of your mixer. Add half of the apple/egg/buttermilk mixture. Beat on
medium speed for two minutes.
Add the remaining liquid and beat for another two minutes.
Drop the batter onto the parchment, leaving about 2" between cakes for room to
spread. Use 1/4 cup measure for large whoopies, or 2tablespoons for small cakes.
Bake in a 375 degrees F oven for 14 to 16 minutes or until the edges of the cakes
just begin to brown. Remove from the oven and cool completely before peeling the
cakes off of the parchment paper.
While the cakes cool, combine the prepared buttercream icing with the boiled
cider and cinnamon oil until smooth and creamy.
Match up the cooled whoopies in pairs. Spread a generous amount of
filling on one half of the pair and sandwich with the second cake. Press
lightly to join. Serve immediately.
Hands-on time: 20 mins. to 30 mins. Baking time: 14 mins. to 16 mins. Total
time: 45 mins. to 60 mins. Yield: 8 large or 16 small whoopies
The cakes also freeze very well and are delicious icy cold.
You can replace the apple pie spice with a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and
clove to your taste.
In the filling, you may use thawed apple juice concentrate for the boiled cider.
Cinnamon oil is the key to getting a punch of cinnamon flavor without the brown
of cinnamon in your icing. Check at your local hobby and craft store for a small
bottle in the cake decorating section.
2 tablespoons of King Arthur Flour Cake Enhancer works beautifully in this recipe
to give a nice puff to your whoopie pies. Give it a try!