Or, 'The Return of the Martha Metricator'.
I don't know about you, but I think both titles have their charms.
This is another recipe that I have been meaning to write about for ages. Truth be told, the reason I haven't done so is that I don't like the photo I took of them, but after the Mushroom Cookies, it seemed like a natural thing to do. Sharing the American recipe love with the rest of the world, I mean.
Whoopie Pies aren't popular at all in the UK. They should be though; they're basically cake sandwiches at the end of the day. And if a cake sandwich cannot be popular in the country that brought you the sandwich in the first place (thank you, John Montagu!), there is something terribly wrong.
I saw Martha make these on television when I was in New York once (I was towelling my hair not really paying attention, and at that point didn't even know who Martha was, but there's only so many times you can hear somebody repeating the word 'whoopie' in an odd voice before you sit up and take notice), and immediately decided to make them for Halloween the following year. Which was this year and also my friend Bridie's birthday - she had the cake stand. More than enough cause for a baking session, I'm sure you'll agree. I don't suggest you wait for such a reason though. Just get in the kitchen and get going right now!
Incidentally, Lynda, who I know reads this (Hi Lynda!), told me when we were staying at her place in Melbourne, that in her neck of the American woods (so to speak... She's not an Aussie), they call these cakes 'Moon Pies'. I think that's a much better name! So that's what I am going to call them from now on.
I halved the recipe by the way. You don't need to feed an army.
Pumpkin Moon Pies
You will need:
200g plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp ginger
200g dark muscovado sugar
125ml vegetable oil
400g pumpkin purée (one can - you could just steam and mash a butternut squash, and then weigh 400g of it)
1 tsp vanilla extract
200g cream cheese
100g icing sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
- Sift the dry ingredients together. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C. Line a baking sheet.
- In a large bowl, mix the oil and sugar, using a wooden spoon.
- Then add the eggs, vanilla and pumpkin, and stir until smooth.
- Fold in the flour mixture.
- Using an ice-cream scoop, place dollops of mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, well spaced apart.
- Bake for about 12 minutes or so, until a tooth pick inserted into the centre of the cakes comes out clean.
- Cool on a wire rack.
- When cool, sandwich the cakes together, flat sides facing, with cream cheese frosting, which you make by mixing all of the ingredients together in a bowl until smooth.
- Eat! They make great sharing food. But I won't judge you for having a whole one to yourself.