Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Caramel Cream Cheese Filling Recipe

Thursday, October 27, 2011

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While cupcakes will always hold a special place in my heart, the newest trend in sweet treats these days is whoopee pies.  Yessiree folks, whoopie pies are hot, hot, hot!  And, it’s no surprise either.  What’s not to love about a creamy, cloud-like filling sandwiched between two moist and tender disks of cake?

The origin of the whoopie pie is a subject for debate. It is claimed to have been invented in both New England and Pennsylvania Dutch country, depending upon whom you ask.  The most likely scenario is that Amish groups migrating to Maine in the early 20th century brought the whoopie pie to the area with them.  According to some food historians, Amish housewives would bake these desserts out of leftover cake batter and slip them in their husbands’ lunch pails.  When the men would find the treats in their lunch, they would shout “Whoopie!”.  Wherever they came from, whoopee pies have become a very popular and much loved snack food all over the country. 

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The traditional whoopee pie consists of two round slabs of chocolate cake filled with a fluffy vanilla frosting.  Since Halloween is just around the corner,  I’m sharing this more seasonal version.  The pumpkin cakes are lightly spiced with cinnamon, ginger and clove, and the filling is made with cream cheese and jarred caramel sauce.  Trust me.  The combination is divine!

These whoopee pies are great little self-contained treats that would be perfect for hungry trick-or-treaters or just about anyone at all.

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11 responses to Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Caramel Cream Cheese Filling Recipe

  1. On October 27, 2011 at 4:31pm, Karen@Mignardise said...

    I’v been wanting to make these for a very looooong time. Thanks for giving me the nudge. This sounds like the best filling ever!

  2. On October 27, 2011 at 5:06pm, Katrina said...

    Love these! I’ve never made whoopie pie so these sound like the perfect start :)

  3. On October 27, 2011 at 5:53pm, Kathy - Panini Happy said...

    I sure hope someone is handing these out to trick or treaters in my neighborhood! Maybe it’ll be me…:-) They look terrific!

  4. On October 27, 2011 at 7:45pm, Amy (savorymoments) said...

    These look so good and so festive.

  5. On October 27, 2011 at 8:25pm, MaryBeth said...

    These sound wonderful, I would love to dive into 2-10 of them now.

  6. On October 28, 2011 at 6:07am, elifla said...

    I found this wonderful blog and these fantastic woopy pies….. may I bake them some days before???? Thanks Flavia

    P.S. I ate my firsty whoopie pie in Dutch Country, they were great!!! xoxoxoxo

  7. On October 30, 2011 at 5:23pm, Banglarecipes said...

    i will make this fr Halloween…i wil how it comes out..

  8. On October 31, 2011 at 12:57pm, G Allen said...

    What do you use for the caramel sauce? Is it ice cream topping?
    Thank you.

  9. On November 02, 2011 at 6:16pm, The Food Hunter said...

    Everything about these sound fun!

  10. On November 21, 2011 at 8:37am, Kristi said...

    I made these gluten free using Jules GF flour and they were amazing! My family and friends loved them and couldn’t believe they were gluten free! Best dessert I have had since finding out I have Celiac Disease. Thank you for sharing :)

  11. On July 13, 2012 at 11:52am, Michele said...

    These look incredible!! Can’t wait to try them out.

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