Whoppie pies are the new big thing around here. It's kind of like the new cupcake except the cupcake will never go away so maybe it's the new beef cheek. Oliver and I had them at a fall festival the other day. They weren't nearly as good the ones I had growing up. Oliver loved them so I decided to make them. My Aunt in Johnston, PA is the queen of the whoppie pie except we call the go's. I'm not really sure why. I think I read somewhere that it looks like a gob of coal. Neither name is that great, but they taste so good.
I've tried making them several times over the years and they never came out. This was the best batch yet. Not saying much since the others were inedible. But this were really good. The key is crisco. I know you'll be tempted to change it to butter, but don't. I've done that and it just tastes wrong. There must be something in the crisco that makes them taste right.
This recipe from Aunt Katie makes 20 Gobs.
My gobs can out a little too big. I think I would make them smaller. I also burnt one whole tray. They do spread during cooking. I also added a 1/4 cup of powdered sugar to the icing because it didn't taste sweet enough. Speaking of the icing. I didn't think it made enough. Since I only got 13 Gobs it was enough, but I think it could/should be increased.
Pre-heat oven to 350.
Cream 2 cups sugar and 1/2 c. crisco
Mix together with a whisk 4 cups flour, 1 cup cocoa unsweetened, 2 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. salt.
Add 2 eggs to sugar mixture. Mix. Add flour mixture and mix. Add 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 cup buttermilk, and 1 cup boiling water.
Put about 1 tsp sized cakes on a parchment lined baking sheet. Make sure you have enough tops and bottoms. Bake 8 minutes. You want them firm not soft.
Heat 1 cup milk until warm. Add 5 tbs. flour. Mix until thick. Try to get out lumps. Let mixture cool. Beat 1 cup crisco, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. vanilla, and 1 1/4 c. powdered sugar together. Add cooled mixture. Beat until smooth. You can put mixture through a strainer. I didn't.
Once tops and bottoms are cooled ice. They last a couple of days in the fridge and freeze very well.