Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Strawberry Buttercream

Half vegan chocolate whoopie pies!

Well, they could have been completely vegan if I didn’t have some strawberry buttercream frosting to use up. The original link has a recipe for both vegan cake and vegan filling.

Vegan or not, these were insanely good–better than whoopie pies I’ve had at school. Those were really dense and heavy; these cakes that I made were super light and airy but also had texture and a good mouth-feel.

These practically melted in your mouth–in the best way possible.

Chocolate Whoopie Pies

Adapted from this recipe

1 cup unsweetened Silk
1 teaspoon or capful of apple cider vinegar
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 cup (88g) Earth Balance, soft (I used the Olive Oil flavor… any is probably fine)
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup agave nectar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Preheat oven to 375°. Combine soymilk and vinegar and set aside; this allows curdling and thickening to occur.

In another bowl, sift together the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, cornstarch, and salt).

In a large bowl, beat Earth balance, extracts, and sugars for 3 minutes on low speed until creamy, and then 3 minutes on medium speed until fluffy and smooth. Add half the flour mixture and half the soymilk mixture to the batter and beat until just mixed. Add remaining flour and soymilk mixture and beat until thoroughly combined.

Drop 1 tablespoon of batter onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, spacing them 2-3 inches apart. Bake 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, and then place on cooling rack to cool completely.

Once cooled sufficiently, spread filling of choice. I used my leftover strawberry buttercream. Peanut butter filling would be decadently good. Vanilla would be classic and delicious. The original recipe has a vegan buttercream that you can use (basically a regular buttercream using vegan margarine to replace the butter).

I love the little tidbits of strawberry poking out!

ooozy. Perfect for licking. Yum.

This made quite a few whoopie pies. Perfect for having some on hand to give away as gifts!

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