Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Vanilla Cream Cheese Fluff


Chef Michael Voltaggio grew up eating these cakey, vanilla-cream-filled whoopie pies. His mother says that they would somehow disappear during the night.

Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Vanilla Cream Cheese Fluff
Photo: © Christina Holmes
Active Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
20 whoopie pies



  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 1/4 cups sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1 cup whole milk


  • 1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar

  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

  • Generous pinch of kosher salt

  • Crushed candy canes, for rolling (optional)


Make the Cakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and cream of tartar. In a large bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, beat the butter with the sugar at medium speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. At low speed, beat in the dry ingredients and milk in 3 alternating additions; scrape down the side and bottom of the bowl as necessary.

  2. Using a 2-tablespoon ice cream scoop, scoop 10 level mounds of batter onto each baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake the cakes in the lower and upper thirds of the oven for about 12 minutes, until risen; shift the pans from top to bottom and front to back halfway through baking. Transfer the cakes to racks and let cool completely. Repeat with the remaining batter, allowing the baking sheets to cool between batches.

Make the Filling

  1. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat all of the ingredients except the crushed candy canes until thick and smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Scoop 3 tablespoons of the filling onto the flat side of 20 cakes and close with the remaining cakes, pressing the filling to the edges. Roll the edges in crushed candy canes, if desired, and serve.

Make Ahead

The whoopie pies can be covered and refrigerated overnight. Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled.

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