Heart Shaped Whoopie Pies

January 20th, 2011 by Beth Somers

Whoopie Pies have been popular for a while now, and for good reason. What’s not to like about a cute, individual serving of moist cake and gooey filling? There is a flavor combination to celebrate every time of year, too.

Chocolate is synonymous with Valentine’s Day, but I also associate red foods like cherries and strawberries with it. That’s how I came up with the idea for these Heart Shaped Whoopie Pies.

Valentine's Day Whoopie Pies They’re the traditional chocolate cake recipe baked into the classic Valentine’s shape in the Heart Shaped Whoopie Pie pan. The cakes are sandwiched with velvety cream cheese icing that is studded with chopped tart cherries.

To make them more festive, I added a few drops of rose icing color to the filling and rolled the edges in assorted sprinkles from the 6-Mix Sweetheart Sprinkle Assortment.

The recipe makes 12 Whoopie Pies, and from start to finish took me less than an hour! They’re great for tucking into a lunch box or for serving after dinner.

Whoopie Pies

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk

Cherry Cream Cheese Filling (Recipe is below)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray Whoopie Pie Pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla; beat until well combined.

Valentine's Day Whoopie Pies In another bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add half the dry ingredients into the butter mixture and mix on low speed.

When dry ingredients are almost incorporated, stop the mixer and add the buttermilk. Continue to mix on low speed until all ingredients are almost incorporated.

Stop the mixer and add the remaining dry ingredients. Mix on low until just combined. Spoon 2 tablespoons batter into each cavity; spread batter to the edges. Cavity should be about 2/3 full.

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the top of the cake springs back when touched. Allow cakes to cool in pan 8 minutes. Cool completely before filling. To assemble pies spread filling on one cake and sandwich with another cake.

Makes 12 whoopie pies (24 cakes total).

Cherry Cream Cheese Filling

1/3 cup dried tart cherries
1/2 cup boiling water
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
2-3 drops icing color, if desired
Assorted sprinkles

In a small bowl, combine cherries and boiling water; steep 5 minutes or until cherries are plump; strain. Chop cherries roughly.

In large bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer until creamy. Add sugar; mix well. Mix in chopped cherries and icing color. Sandwich cakes with filling; roll edges in sprinkles.

Be sure to check our website for more Whoopie Pie recipes .

Beth Somers Beth Somers is the Senior Test Kitchen Manager and has taught at the internationally acclaimed Wilton School of Cake Decorating and Confectionery Art in Darien, IL. As a competitor on the Food Network's Cupcake Wars, she shined as a champion during season 6. Before joining Wilton, Beth honed her pastry skills at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago. Beth loves showing people how fun and easy it can be to bake and decorate amazing sweet treats with Wilton products.

9 Replies

  1. Bukola Alade says:

    Wilton products are attractive and i find the ideas nd recipes very useful,many thanks to Beth,the brain behind those wonderful creations!

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    • Suzanne says:

      I have a question. Can you use a cake mix instead of the whoopie pie recipe? Will it turn out just as well?

      • Beth Somers says:

        A cake mix will work, but the baking time might be different. Check cakes for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center. The cakes are done when the toothpick comes out clean. I would start checking the cakes with the toothpick at 8 minutes.

  3. Stacey W. says:

    Can you use something else instead of cherries?

    • Beth Somers says:

      Yes, you can substitute with any dried fruit you like. Or use an equal amount of finely diced fresh fruit that has been patted dry to reduce the amount of moisture. Or opt to leave the cherries out completely for a traditional cream cheese icing.

  4. […] I love Valentines Day! I think it is especially a fun day now that I have kids. I love making pink and red treats with them, and having heart pancakes for breakfast and getting them something special. I doing this review for wilton, and in preparation for Valentines, I made heart candy for the first time. I had never done this before and was surprised how easy it was. I received heart candy picks from wilton and I also used wilton melting chocolates and made some yummy treats. We are going to make them again for valentines day and put them in cupcakes using the other items from this great bundle! On Wilton’s website you can find so many great ideas for Valentines Day or any other holiday. I love going their for recipes. I recently found a recipe from Wilton’s blog that I want to try this Valentines!! They are Whoopie pies and they look like so much fun to make and delicious to eat! You can find the recipe here: […]

  5. […] I love Valentines Day! I think it is especially a fun day now that I have kids. I love making pink and red treats with them, and having heart pancakes for breakfast and getting them something special. I doing this review for wilton, and in preparation for Valentines, I made heart candy for the first time. I had never done this before and was surprised how easy it was. I received heart candy picks from wilton and I also used wilton melting chocolates and made some yummy treats. We are going to make them again for valentines day and put them in cupcakes using the other items from this great bundle! On Wilton’s website you can find so many great ideas for Valentines Day or any other holiday. I love going their for recipes. I recently found a recipe from Wilton’s blog that I want to try this Valentines!! They are Whoopie pies and they look like so much fun to make and delicious to eat! You can find the recipe here: […]

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