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Funfetti Whoopie Pies

Soft and fluffy vanilla cake is loaded with sprinkles and sandwiched with creamy vanilla frosting to make a handheld version of a cupcake, also known as a whoopie pie. The perfect cookie that kids and adults will both enjoy!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time53 mins
Servings: 24 whoopie pies

Ingredients

For the cakes:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 11 tablespoons butter unsalted, softened
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2/3 cups spinkles (do not use nonpareils)

For the vanilla frosting:

  • 1 cup butter unsalted, softened
  • 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Instructions

For the cakes:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, add sugar and butter together and beat until light and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add baking powder, extracts, and salt and mix until combined.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, until completely combined. Scrap the sides of the bowl to help the ingredients combine.
  • Add one cup of flour to the butter mixture and mix until completely combined. Add 1/3 cup milk and mix until combined. Repeat with another cup of flour and then the last 1/3 of milk. Finish with the last cup of flour and stop when it's combined but don't mix beyond that.
  • Remove bowl from stand mixer and scrape excess batter off the paddle. Add 2/3 cup of sprinkles to batter and gently mix with a spatula. Do not over mix or else the sprinkles will run and turn the batter different colors. It should only take about 10 stirs to combine, MAX.
  • Using a small cookie scoop (1.5 tablespoons), scoop out batter and place on cookies sheets about 2 inches apart. You will probably need to use a third cookie sheet to fit all the cakes. Bake for 7-8 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean once inserted. I would err on side of overcooking instead of undercooking. If you undercook, the cookies will crinkle on the top and be doughy in the middle and not light and fluffy. I knew when mine were done when the bottoms were golden brown.
  • Once they are done cooking, remove from oven and let them cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet and then transfer parchment paper/silicone mat to cooling rack. Let them cool completely before adding frosting.

For the frosting:

  • Add butter to bowl of the stand mixer and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add 4 1/2 cups of powdered sugar and salt and mix. While mixer is going, add vanilla extract and cream. Once mixture is creamy, turn mixer to high and beat frosting for 3 minutes. Give it a taste and add more sugar, if needed.
  • Using a spatula, add frosting to a gallon-sized ziplock bag. Push all the frosting to the tip of the bag. Cut off a corner off the bag.
  • Once the cakes are cool, match them up to make sure the tops and bottoms are the same size. Top one half of each pair with about 1 tablespoon of filling from the ziplock bag. Top with the matching half. Repeat for remaining sets.
  • Serve whoopie pies immediately or store for up to 2 days.

Notes

Recipe for cakes adapted from King Arthur Flour