Black Velvet Whoopie Pies

filed under: Cakes on October 8, 2012

These Black Velvet Whoopie Pies with Orange Buttercream are perfect for Halloween! (And semi-homemade which means easier for you!)

halloween whoopie pie

I found this recipe through McCormick.  When I think about McCormick I have visions of highly organized pantry’s with shelves lined with every imaginable spice and extract flavor and food color.  Visions of happily smiling children and husband sitting around the table as I carry over the perfectly seasoned pot roast while wearing my heels and pearls.

Clearly I am fantasizing.  About spices.  And food coloring.  And it’s not the first time.

 whoopie pies stacked

 I love the simplicity of black and orange for Halloween.  I love that this treat could not be easier… yet it has a big impact.  I love that I made them while most of my kids were napping so that no one knew how many there really were and I had to explain to no one why I ate 13 at once.

whoopie pie

I now have such a deep affection for the Whoopie Pie I wrote it a little poem.

Whoopie, whoopie, in the form of pie

I love the site of you in my eye

In my belly you will soon be

Cause you are delicious.

The End.

I think I should stick to baking.

whoopie pies stacked words

Black Velvet Whoopie Pies
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
38 mins

I have never made a whoopie pie before. I don’t know whats wrong with me? Its basically the most awesome perfectest invention ever.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Black Velvet Whoopie Pies
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 package 15 1/4 to 18 1/4 ounces German chocolate cake mix
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp. McCormick® Black Food Color
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp. McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
For the Filling
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow cream
  • 1/2 tsp. McCormick® Pure Orange Extract
  • 1/2 tsp. McCormick® Red Food Color
  • 1/2 tsp. McCormick® Yellow Food Color
Whoopie Pie
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat cake mix, water, cocoa powder, oil, food color, eggs, and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed just until moistened, scraping sides of bowl frequently. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes. (You are ONLY using the ingredients I have listed, not following the directions on the box of cake mix.)

  2. Spoon 1 tablespoon of batter, 2 inches apart, onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. (Whoopie pies will spread so avoid crowding them on the baking sheet.)

  3. Bake 8 minutes or until whoopie pies are puffed and spring back when touched, turning baking sheets halfway through baking. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

Orange Buttercream
  1. Beat all ingredients in a medium bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. To assemble the Whoopie Pies, place 1 tablespoon filling on flat side of 1 cookie. Top with a second cookie, pressing gently to spread the filling. Repeat with remaining cookies and filling.


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  • Mom24_4evermom says:

    I have had unpleasant experiences with black food coloring before, the taste was awful. You do not find that to be true here? Thank you!

  • Micki says:

    These are our high school colors. Would love to make for a football tailgate. How many does this recipe yield?

  • Heather says:

    Does the food coloring stain teeth or change the taste of the cake? Whenever I use enough black color to get true black, it ends up staining people’s teeth and leaving a bitter taste. When you taste tested them, did it leave your teeth/tongue black?

  • Child Care Franchises says:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. The whoopie pies look delicious, and the orange filling is a great touch for Halloween! I will definitely be saving this recipe for October.

  • Nanette Mattox says:

    How many does this recipe make? I need 10 pies

  • Flying high on food says:

    First I would like to say your blog is great for just about every food loving person I know. Thank you. Just a couple of comments, this batter should be stiff-thick, not like cake batter. I used black chocolate power (no black teeth). Black chocolate is available on amazon or gourmet stores. They turned out looking great!,

  • Cindy says:

    These are the most amazing whoopie pies I’ve ever had. Easy to make but they do make a mess. And the black food coloring does stain – everything! Even your teeth! Lol! But the taste is worth it. Made them for friends at work and they were a big hit. I make them every year for Halloween.