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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  • Stuart says:

    These are visually stunning – great for spooky season!!

  • heidi @ a week from thursday says:

    beautiful! I love whoopie pies and red, or black, velvet.

  • Britty says:

    These look absolutely delicious!! I have made pumpkin whoopie pies before, and they are usually devoured before the day is over. Can’t wait to make these!!

  • Cathy says:

    Love love love this idea. Trying it now. A few questions.

    A: why are mine sort of flattish ?
    B: I am using a size 40 (.71oz) scoop yet they aren’t all so perfect as yours. How an I remedy that?

    Thanks so much for the help and inspiration!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Cathy! Not sure why they would be flat. Sorry! As far as the shape, mine were all different shapes. I think I actually used a spoon and just spooned out some batter. I just tried to match the different shapes to each other! 😉 Not much of a help am I?

  • Kristen says:

    Loving these – the drastic-ness of the black and orange is awesome.

  • Angela R says:

    I’m giving this a try today!

  • Del Kelly says:

    Amanda, I fell head over heels in love with these whoopie pies. I will try to make them this weekend, but wanted to ask you about the cake mix. I can’t seem to find German chocolate cake mix with pudding…what is this? Where do you usually find it? Can I substitute a different type of cake mix? If I don’t hear from before I try my hand at these, I’ll just substitute different type of cake mix and hope they turn OK. I’ll share pictures if they do turn out OK 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      You can use any chocolate cake recipe you want! 🙂

  • ssm says:

    Can’t wait to try!!! Have you ever tried to make these a day or two ahead of time? How best to keep them? thanks!!

  • Jocelyn says:

    These are soooo cool! I added them to my Halloween recipe roundup here:

  • Joanne says:

    So striking! After seeing your whoopie pies, I want to thank the inventor of whoopie pies, too! Amazing!

  • Scrambled Megs says:

    holy moley, this look ridiculously good. glad i popped back over to check your blog out again! x

  • Andy says:

    Just made these and got rave reviews… Even my non sweet-loving mom said they were awesome! Mine weren’t *quite* so pretty but they tasted great! Thank you so much!

  • sonia monagheddu says:

    Hi, I’m Sonia, an Italian food blogger, sorry for my bad english, I want tell you that I have included the link of this recipe (which I liked very much) in the section on my blog dedicated to “10 ways to make” (“10 Modi di Fare”) whoopie pies.
    The post is ‘Whoopie pies’ I hope not to bother you, have a nice day.

  • Margaret says:

    Those are the cutest, spookiest Whoopie Pies EVAH!! Love them. Making…

  • Jeannette says:

    these WILL be on my snack bar for my annual Halloween party!! what an impact the color difference makes! and to think that i was going to rip my hair out trying to make little whoopie pie spiders. pshhhhh

  • samantha says:

    how many whoopie pies does this make? and how long do they keep? need refrigerated or anything?

    hope you reply! thanks

  • 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.