I love Whoopie Pies. They were by far one of my favorite “cookies” growing up in the 70’s and they currently seem to be making quite a comeback. Although these cakes aren’t technically Whoopie Pies, they taste very similar…and the name is more fun to say than Christmas Cakes. I also love to call them pies because its confusing. Is it a cake, a pie, a cookie? Oh the mystery….
Are you ready for the recipe yet? Have I tempted you enough with my pics? Alrighty then…. Here we go.
Christmas Whoopie Pies
Chocolate Hazelnut Cake
1 boxed cake mix in chocolate (Follow directions on back of box, however, instead of adding water, add espresso or strongly brewed Hazelnut coffee.)
After cakes completely cool, remove from tins and carefully cut in half.
Eggnog Buttercream Frosting
1 stick of softened butter
1 1/2 C powdered sugar
1 t vanilla
2 T egg nog
Mix all ingredients together with hand mixer for several minutes until frosting is light and fluffy. The key to easy spreading of buttercream is mixing the stuff forever. You’ll whip some air into the frosting making it light and fluffy and fantastic.
In a plastic baggie, crush mint candies and spread on a plate. (I used Hershey’s Chocolate Mint candy canes.) Spread frosting in between cake sandwich and roll edges in mint candies. Garnish the top of each Whoopie Pie with some white sugar sprinkles (optional–but pretty).
Now enjoy the fabulousness of your creation…and don’t blame me if they disappear quicker than your Christmas budget! If you try them, let me know. I’d love to hear your feedback, and yes, the recipe is my very own…modified from….well…a cake box and a buttercream frosting recipe :). Guess I can’t brag too much about it being mine huh?