baby-sitters 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
Dutch-process black cocoa
1 cup fat-free milk,
warmed to 130
1 cup low-fat
1/2 cup corn oil
2 large eggs
1 cup golden brown
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 1/2 cups King Arthur®
2 teaspoons baking
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 cups confectioners'
1/2 teaspoon colorless
1 cup Marshmallow
1. Preheat the oven to 350
batter: In a large bowl, use a mixer on low speed to
beat cocoa, black
cocoa and milk. Beat in the buttermilk, oil,
eggs, golden brown
sugar, dark brown sugar and vanilla.
Measure the flour,
baking soda and salt into a sifter. Sift over
the batter, then
beat batter on low for 2 minutes.
3. Cover baking sheets with baking
parchment. Use a 1/4 cup
and spatula to scoop up batter and drop it onto
a baking sheet.
If the batter won’t stay in place add up to 1/2
cup more flour to
make a thick batter which holds its shape
when dropped onto
the baking parchment and only spreads to
a 4-inch diameter
round. I don’t advise premeasuring onto the
measure and bake for the best results.
4. Swirl batter with spatula to
make a round pie. You will fill
sheets at about six rounds a sheet. In between
batter, set the measuring cup in a 1/2 cup size
measuring cup to
keep things from getting messy.
5. Bake in a preheated oven for 10
minutes. Cakes are done
when tops bounce
back when pressed. Cool completely.
In a deep medium bowl, beat butter and sugar on
low 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
Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar in a sifter.
Hint: For a
kid’s birthday party, make miniature pies by
using tablespoonfuls of
batter. Pies may be made days ahead
and frozen. Set them out
on the counter to thaw and then frost
before serving. To quick
thaw, watch carefully in microwave.
9 or more whoopie pies