If you’re from the West Coast, and don’t happen to be a food blogger, then you probably haven’t heard of a Whoopie Pie. I could be wrong, but I’ve never seen one here, and when I mentioned that I’d made a batch of my own recently, more than one person asked, “What’s a Whoopie Pie?” Although at times it feels as if I’ve lived just about everywhere, and did spend some time living on the East Coast when I was a child, I hadn’t heard of them, either. I figured they were Moon Pies even if the only connection I could make was that each was called a pie — a pie that neither resembles. I know what Moon Pies are and it didn’t take me very long to decide they’re nothing like Whoopie Pies. Sure they can both be considered sandwich type cookies, but I can’t say that very loudly around Whoopie Pie purists who claim they’re absolutely not cookies, either. Like Moon Pies, Whoopie Pies have three parts: a top, a bottom, and cream in the middle. I have to add that the outside is traditionally chocolate, and the filling, white and creamy. But a Moon Pie has a chocolate coating and a Whoopie doesn’t.
I haven’t tasted a real Whoopie Pie, so I’ll get in trouble for mentioning the “cream” is anything but if you consider that cream comes from a cow. Actually Whoopie Pie “cream” is more of a marshmallow based filling made with shortening and more fluffy than what you might find in a Moon Pie. The exterior is more cake like and fluffy. Your teeth sink right into its sweet softness, and you just may end up with a bit of filling on your face as you take that first bite, because it has a tendency to squish out the sides a bit as you savor it. But wait. I said I hadn’t tried a Whoopie Pie before.
So yes, I tried my own. And true to form, I sort of changed things a bit. I couldn’t help myself. Besides, I had a ripe banana just waiting to be baked into something, so that’s where I began. Banana Whoopie Pies? Sure, why not? And then I saw this Salted Caramel Buttercream and knew the two together would be irresistable.
I was right, of course.
I will subtley not mention just how many I’ve sampled.