Vanilla Whoopie Pies

Sometimes a perfect mouthful of cake is exactly what you need. And these whoopies, made of two little tender cake-cookies, sandwiched with vanilla buttercream and rimmed with pretty soft sugar pearls are just that!




  1. 115g butter softened
  2. 200g soft brown sugar
  3. 1 tsp Queen Vanilla Bean Paste
  4. 1 large egg
  5. 300g white plain flour
  6. 1¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  7. Pinch salt
  8. 225ml buttermilk
  9. 3 tbsp butter
  10. 3 tbsp butter
  11. 1 tsp Queen Vanilla Bean Paste
  12. 2 cups icing sugar
  13. 1tsp milk
  14. Queen Soft Sugar Pearls and icing sugar to decorate


  1. Step 1

    Pre-heat the oven to 170C fan-forced and line two baking trays with baking paper.

  2. Step 2

    With an electric mixer, or hand-held mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until thick and creamy then add the egg and mix until combined.

  3. Step 3

    Using a spoon, mix through the sifted flour, salt and bicarb soda then mix in the buttermilk.

  4. Step 4

    Use an ice-cream scoop to spoon scoops of batter onto the baking trays making sure you leave a few centimetres between each scoop. Smooth out the tops with your finger (or use the back of a spoon) and even them out so they’re the same height all over.

  5. Step 5

    Bake for 10-12 minutes or until they’re firm then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

  6. Step 6

    To make the filling, beat the butter until smooth, creamy and pale and then beat in the vanilla extract.

  7. Step 7

    Gradually add the icing sugar and beat until mixed in and add a little milk to get the icing to spreadable consistency.

  8. Step 8

    Spread half of the cakes with icing on the flat side and sandwich them together with an un-iced cake. Decorate with soft sugar pearls and dust with icing sugar.