Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Cake Batter Buttercream

Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Cake Batter Buttercream!! (Or any filling you would like!) This easy dessert is perfect for kids birthday parties and summer potlucks!

The Whoopie Pie.  It’s not a new invention, but I decided to give it a go with some yummy filling.  Cake Batter filling.  What’s that you say?  Oh yes..I HAVE lost my mind.

How to Make Whoopie Pies

First you have to make your cookies.

It’s a pretty easy recipe.  Mix your butter, sugar..blah blah blah…

Then add your dry ingredients.

Then the milk…

Now you have batter.

Now bake.  Bake I say!

The will come out nice and pretty.

and ready to be filled with amazing cake batter frosting.

Leave a little squish room around the edges..

And I rolled my pies in sprinkles, just because it seemed like the right thing to do.


Cake Batter Buttercream

  • Author: Cookies & Cups


Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Cake Batter Buttercream!! (Or any filling you would like!) This easy dessert is perfect for kids birthday parties and summer potlucks!


  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup vanilla or funfetti cake mix…I used funfetti (not prepared…dry)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 12 Tbsp milk


  1. Beat butter and shortening on medium speed until smooth
  2. Turn mixer to low and slowly add in your powdered sugar and dry cake mix.
  3. Turn speed up to medium and beat for 1 minute until smooth.
  4. Add in milk and continue mixing until desired consistency is reached.

Chocolate Whoopie Pies

  • Author: Cookies & Cups


makes approx 15 pies


  • 1 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5 Tbsp butter – room temp
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup whole milk


  1. Preheat oven to 375Β°
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. In a bowl sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt
  4. In a mixer, cream together butter, shortening and brown sugar until combined well.
  5. Add egg and vanilla and beat for 2 minutes.
  6. Turn mixer to low and add half of the flour/cocoa mixture, then half the milk, repeating until all the ingredients are mixed in.
  7. Drop by rounded tablespoon, 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes until centers are set.
  9. Cool on pan for 5 minutes and then transfer to wire rack to finish cooling.
  10. Fill with your prepared filling.


ps ~ I mustache you a question…but I’ll shave it for later.

You’re welcome for that.



91 Responses

  1. My dad had a mustache until I was around 7 years old. I remember being so mad at him when he shaved it off, he wasn’t my dad anymore!!

    P.S. I LOVE all the pictures you have on your blog. Do you have a special place in your house to take these photos? What is the green background?

    1. shelly

      I, honestly, can’t imagine my dad without one..but on other it just looks weird!!!
      I take the pictures mainly in my kitchen…the green background is just a few pieces of scrapbook paper!

    2. Do I need to use shortening…. I hate using it… how will it affect the recipe if I use all butter? I would need to up the butter though because butter is like 85% fat vs shortenings 100%… Anyways let me know I’d like to give these a go they sound amazing and look oh so cute πŸ™‚

  2. Yummy!! Thanks for sharing, I love your recipes! I love that you used cake mix for frosting – GENIUS! I will definitely be trying it in the near future πŸ™‚
    I, too, am weirded out by mustaches (the oh so popular decorative vinyl/jewelry/etc ones are pretty cute though) – my dad has always had the iconic “handlebar” mustache going on, too. It creeps me out especially when the boys start getting in their teens and decide to grow their first one… just DON’T!! Yikes… πŸ™‚

  3. Amanda

    There is a story of me being about 6 years old…stumbled upon my father…shaving his beard and stash off(this is 1986 mind you)….and when I realized it was going to be completly gone, apparently I lost my friggen mind on him. I didn’t recognize him as my dad with out all the fuzz!!!
    ANyway….Im in love…if it wasn’t unspeakable hot and humid in my house right now(thank you 1970’s era apartment house hell) I’d totally get ready to bust these out! Oh and I need the cake mix…normally using cake mix would be grounds for time out in my house but I make the exception when it is used for something besides actually baking a cake. Can’t wait to make these next weekend!!!

  4. connie munoz

    Okay i so am going to try the cakemix in the frosting. I am not a buttercream frosting fan but this sounds incredible. i have used powdered cake mix in making rice krispie treats and it gave it a very unique flavor for rice krispie treats. thank you

  5. Patti S

    Get out! Cake batter buttercream! You rock!
    OMG! I have a family full of men who look like pedophiles!! o.O Although, I do have one Uncle that looks a lot like Tom Selleck so I guess that evens things out. LOL

  6. Natalie

    Wow this sounds amazing! And great photos! What does the buttercream taste like? I’m considering making it for cupcakes I have to do soon, but I have no idea how it would come out. How does it differ from regular buttercream?

    1. shelly

      It doesn’t differ too much from regular buttercream, just adds a little bit of that cake batter flavor. It’s sweet and yummy and I bet it would be great on a cupcake! The texture is slightly different.. Not quite as smooth, but add some sprinkles and it’s all good!!!!

  7. Aww, those are so sweet! Love the sprinkles. I am hosting a recipe party at my blog if you might be interested in submitting. I’d love to have you join in the fun πŸ™‚

  8. Mustaches on young people basically scream “I am going to try to murder you, or say awkward things that make you uncomfortable”

    Unlike these whoopie pies…they just scream happy. πŸ™‚

  9. My dad has had a mustache for forever also, but on anyone other than him, I think they look either sleazy or creepy…usually both.

    cake batter filling…you know your way to my stomach so well…

  10. Crystal

    The Food Network has been the only channel played on my TV since April, and finally this month I’ve decided to start baking & cooking. I just found your food blog a few minutes ago, and from the first words I read, “how weird are mustaches?” has made me want to try all your recipes. Thank you, because I now want to create everything you have put on your site. And because I also wonder why guys decide to get mustaches.HA!

  11. My husband had a goatee for about 10 years – not too long out of highschool and up til last year. Last year he grew it into a full on beard. He keeps it trimmed very short though. I totally think facial hair is sexy. Not just a ‘stache, though. That’s just creepy. Unless it’s on your dad or my dad or someone else who is clearly of the age to be my dad.

  12. Oh my gosh! I could not agree more about the stache! About a month ago, my husband thought it would be funny to shave his face but leave the beginnings of a stache. He couldn’t even keep a straight face long enough for me to believe he was serious! I walked in and he started grinning and I was like WTH? LOL! Not to worry, he shaved it off!

  13. Thin mustaches totally gross me out. Not that I am a fan of thick mustaches much, but they looks less skeevy. Unfortunately my boyfriend likes to sport one once in awhile. Thankfully he can grow a mean mustache, but I still like to call it the molestache because he looks like a creeper. Anywho, these sound amazing!

  14. Susan

    My dad is another old gent who has been sporting a moustache (and sometimes a beard, but always the moustache) for a very long time. He’s had to shave it off for dares and such (He used to coach track and would shave it if kids would break school records or get to the state meet, etc) and he looked weird and wrong and creeperish. If my husband tried to grow one though, I think I would have to do some serious thinking about our relationship. ;P

    These look great! Thanks for another easy and delicious winner!

    1. shelly

      Vegetable shortening is Crisco, or I think Trex is available in the UK.
      Funfetti is a type of cake mix they sell that is vanilla, but it has sprinkles in it, so when you bake your cake there are colorful bits throughout πŸ™‚

  15. My husband tried to grow a mustache once, but it just wouldn’t grow:) My son-in-law, who just turned 30 and is a dentist recently, decided to grow a mustache/goatee because many of his patients come in and ask him if he is in high school…now no one asks:)

    Your cake batter buttercream is pure genius, Shelly! I love that top photo too!

  16. How crazy, I JUST made and posted about some fairly traditional whoopie pies but I must say your cake batter filling just sounds better. YOM.
    I have to petition to add my dad to the list of people who can pull off a mustache… he is one of those forever ‘stache-wearers and also makes it work. I don’t think I could imagine him without one.

  17. Love seeing you and your dad. You’re right…pretty much your dad and Tom Selleck are the only people who can pull off that look.

    Cake Batter Filling?!? Shelly….you are baaaad. And I’m so glad to know you! πŸ™‚

  18. Alyson

    These look amazing!!

    I agree with the whole mustache point. They are creepy! So creepy in fact that my daughter has a phobia of ALL facial hair. The doctors can’t explain it but shes had it since she was born. My daughter, whos now 8, has never believed in Santa for this very reason. Some breaded man creeping in our house in the middle of the nights…no thanks just leave the presents on the door step. Does it help her phobia that we live in Alaska and the men here think they need to unite and start growing mountain man beards in September? Probably not but I’m not paying for counseling yet so I think we’ll continue to roll with it. πŸ™‚ I guess its a good thing that my husbands creator seen our daugther in his future and granted him with the inability to grow facial hair. The dentist office does think I’m kind of crazy when I call and verify that Dr. Toone has not decided to grow any kind of facial hair before I take her for her 6 month cleanings. Such is the life of a mother. πŸ™‚

  19. My dad has always had a mustache. Well he shaved it for a short period of time and that was a big no- no so he grew out a beard and then jsut left a mustache again. all was right in the world then. ha

        1. shelly

          Sure, they are Betty Crocker..but I found them near the ice cream toppings and the specific type is called “Parlor Perfect” Confetti Sprinkles.
          Hope you can find them!!

      1. Kim

        My girlfriend made these for a dinner party a few weeks ago and they were delicious! I just made them for thanksgiving tomorrow. My only question is , they seem to be sticky. I know my friend said hers were also sticky the next day. Why is that? Is there something you think I did wrong? Thanks! Keep up the excellent baking!!!

  20. I need to submit my mustache picture. I think next to your Dad and Tom Selleck, I might be in the running.

    And no I didn’t lose my appetite, those Cakebatter Whoopie Pies look. . . .glorious!

  21. Betsy

    I work in a college athletic dept and during training camp, the football team had ‘Mustache Friday’ and they all grew these gross little mustaches! They all looked incredibly creepy!!

    These whoopie pies look awesome!! I just found your blog and I’m already in love!!

  22. Marcy

    Can these be frozen, do you know? I would love to make these for my daughter’s baby shower, but I won’t have time the day before…. If not, I guess I’ll be up late the night before!


    1. shelly

      I imagine they could be frozen pretty easily. I would wrap them individually, the only trouble you might have is that when you unwrap them after they thaw out they will be a little sticky, like if you froze a cake making them stick to the wrap a little bit. They might not be quite as pretty as they would be fresh, but I think they would taste perfect.

  23. I came across your mouth-watering blog via Pinterest. So many great recipes I want to try (including this one).

    As a staunch mustache proponent, it would be remiss if I didn’t courteously disagree with your stance on the mustache. I too admire Tom Selleck as the consummate exemplar of mustache-dom, but I feel strongly that the growing of said facial hair should not be limited to older men and Mr. Selleck. I believe that it’s a look that men of the millennial generation wear just as well as their baby boomer forerunners, your Thomas Magnums and Ron Swansons. I submit respectfully — albeit pridefully — myself as an example: adventures in facial hair.

    Happy baking,

    1. shelly

      HAHAHAHA!!! Well, Myke, I hopped over to your site and I will have to put a disclaimer in my post. You are rocking the younger man ‘stache!

  24. Laura

    I just stumbled onto your blog…and I must say, you are making me laugh and making me hungry at the same time! I LOVE to bake sweets and every recipe that I have read sounds delicious!!

  25. I have these cakes cooling as I type :). I’m going to use another buttercream recipe since I never have box cake mix on hand, but the cakes seem to have a wonderful texture! I have to say though I used ONLY margarine, no butter or shortening in the batter. I don’t use shortening ever, and I figure there’ll be enough butter in the buttercream. Can’t wait to try them!

  26. Andi

    I admit I had not previously read this post – mostly because I started following you in November so I missed it by a few months. But in any case, I MUST agree. My Dad: also rocking the non-creepy ‘stache. Apparently he shaved it off ONCE in all of the time my Mom has known him, and that was when my older sister was 1 year old and she would not go NEAR him until he grew it back, and it has stayed exactly the same (aside from the fact that it’s now mostly grey) ever since.
    When guys my age do it, they look ridiculous. And seeing as I have absolutely no verbal filter about some things, I’ll totally tell them as much.

    So, that said, what’s the appeal? I just DON’T GET IT. Seriously, when I have a cold and I’m breathing funny because my nose is stuffed and I can actually feel my breath on my top lip, it creeps me out. It’s warm and it shouldn’t be there. I feel like the moustache would be the same way. It’s like wearing a mini sock on your face.

    Yeah, boys do weird things.

  27. Oh, girl, I seriously laughed out loud for… oh, five minutes?… at your “ps.”

    About to try this recipe… can’t wait! Also: the pictures!! So good!! I just now stumbled onto your site. I was going to ask “are you a photographer?” but I realized maybe the answer is super-obvious and I just missed it in previous posts.

    So yeah. Got a dedicated reader here now! Thanks!

  28. rebecca

    tried these love the taste bt any tips on keeping them looking nice n in proper shape with handling cos i find their a little sticky and and tends to stick on baking paper and fingers when handled.
    much appreciated

  29. Thanks Shelly for the wonderful chocolate whoopie pie recipe! They turned out wonderfully. I wrote about making them on my blog if you would like to check it out.

    Thanks again πŸ™‚

  30. Katya

    How long will these last? And if I need to store them for a day should I put them in an airtight container in the fridge or just leave them in that airtight container on the counter?

  31. Dawn

    Hi Shelly, Is it possible to use buttermilk instead of whole milk? I have 2 percent and buttermilk, but no whole milk? Thank you.

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