teenagers taught me to make a similar recipe when I was 8 years
old and I have never forgotten it. Black cocoa is used to darken
the cake. King Arthur flour from the Baker’s Catalogue®
is essential to the flavor and texture. The not-too-sweet cake
develops more flavor and is balanced by the rich icing.
1/2 cup Hershey’s®
or Van Leer Dutch-process cocoa
tablespoon Dutch-process black cocoa
fat-free milk, warmed to 130
cup corn oil
golden brown sugar
dark brown sugar
tablespoon vanilla extract
cups King Arthur®
teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
teaspoon colorless double-strength vanilla
Marshmallow Fluff ®
1. Preheat the oven
batter: In a large bowl, use a mixer on low speed to
cocoa, black cocoa and milk. Beat in the buttermilk, oil,
golden brown sugar, dark brown sugar and vanilla.
the flour, baking soda and salt into a sifter. Sift over
batter, then beat batter on low for 2 minutes.
3. Cover baking
sheets with baking parchment. Use a 1/4 cup
cup and spatula to scoop up batter and drop it onto
baking sheet. If the batter won’t stay in place add up to 1/2
more flour to make a thick batter which holds its shape
dropped onto the baking parchment and only spreads to
4-inch diameter round. I don’t advise premeasuring onto the
Just measure and bake for the best results.
4. Swirl batter
with spatula to make a round pie. You will fill
baking sheets at about six rounds a sheet. In between
the batter, set the measuring cup in a 1/2 cup size
cup to keep things from getting messy.
5. Bake in a
preheated oven for 10 minutes. Cakes are done
tops bounce back when pressed. Cool completely.
In a deep medium bowl, beat butter and sugar on
speed. Beat in the half-and-half and vanilla, then
Marshmallow Fluff ® or crème. Continue beating frosting for
one to two minutes or until fluffy.
7. Spread frosting
on cakes, then sandwich together and pile on a
plate. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar in a sifter.
For a kid’s birthday party, make miniature pies by
tablespoonfuls of batter. Pies may be made days ahead
frozen. Set them out on the counter to thaw and then frost
serving. To quick thaw, watch carefully in microwave.
9 or more whoopie pies
King Arthur Flour Cookbook