Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Cake Batter Buttercream

These Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Cake Batter Buttercream are an easy dessert recipe for summer potlucks or family birthdays. This whoopie pie recipe is tons of fun!

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Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Cake Batter Buttercream

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 The Best 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.


Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Cake Batter Buttercream

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 15 whoopie pies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


These Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Cake Batter Buttercream are an easy dessert recipe for summer potlucks or family birthdays. This whoopie pie recipe is tons of fun!


Chocolate Whoopie 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

Cake Batter Buttercream

  • 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


Chocolate Whoopie Pies

  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  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.

Cake Batter Buttercream

  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.

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

You’re welcome for that.

Easy Chocolate Whoopie Pies



Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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91 Responses
  1. 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.

  2. 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!

    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 🙂

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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…

  9. 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 🙂

  10. 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!!!!

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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!!!

  14. 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 🙂
    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… 🙂

  15. 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 🙂

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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