Thursday, June 17, 2010

Banana Whoopie Pies with Nutella Cream Cheese Frosting

Whoopie pies have become the latest trend. Actually, they were the latest trend half a year ago, so maybe not so trendy anymore but perhaps a staple? I really have no idea but I make things that appeal to me, no matter the trend. When I saw these little babies, I knew I had to make them. Bananas and Nutella have to be about the most classic combination ever and one of my absolute favorites.
These babies weren't hard to whip up at all, just a quick not-much-of-a-fuss batter and a simple cream cheese and Nutella filling. The cake tops were moist and full of banana flavor while the filling was creamy and oh-so-Nutella-y! Though these were delicious, the filling was a bit too sweet for my taste (although my friends loved them). I think next time I will try it with less powdered sugar but I added the full amount for fear of the filling being too runny. Also, the cake tops are quite moist so you pretty much should eat these right away as they attach to any surface you put them on. I recommend separating each with some tissue paper or parchment paper.
Banana Whoopie Pies with Nutella Cream Cheese Frosting

Yields: about 20 mini whoopie pies

Original recipe here.

For the banana cakes:

2 cups flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 cup mashed banans (1 large extra-ripe banana)

1/2 cup sour cream

1 stick butter, room temperature

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed lightly

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

For the nutella cream cheese frosting:

1/2 stick butter, room temperature, cut into cubes

8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature, cut into cubes

1/2 cup nutella

1 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 - 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat, set aside. In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, soda, cinnamon and salt, set aside. In another small bowl, stir to combine the mashed bananas and sour cream, set aside. Beat the butter and sugars on medium high for about 3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until incorporated. Add the banana mixture and flour to the butter mixture in two separate additions, alternating between wet and dry. Using a scoop or a piping bag fitted with a large tip, form small mounds on the prepared baking sheet, leaving about 1 - 1 1/2 inches between each. Bake for 12 - 15 minutes and let cool before filling.

To make the frosting, beat the butter and cream cheese on medium high for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Beat in the nutella and vanilla until completely incorporated. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar until desired consistency, until stiff peaks are reached. Using a piping bag or spoon, spread a small amount of frosting onto the bottom half of the cakes, and top with another cookie. Roll in sprinkles, if desired. Keep refrigerated until serving.

Ready to bite into this thing!

Pretty little things:


  1. I'm with you, I make what I like. Whoopie pies have been trendy in my family since I was a child in the 60's! Mom and I would wrap each Whoopie pie with a cling wrap. Oh and NO marshmallow in the filling please. Your twist of flavors sounds like something to explore.

  2. Yes, that is a fabulous favor combo and I'm 100% with ya on following your own mind (and stomach) when it comes to cooking/baking. Wish I could snatch one of these for a late night snack 8).

  3. I just discovered your blog after looking up your smores cookie recipe on TasteSpotting...I absolutely love it. I will definitely be a regular now. I love your fashion sense, your recipes are to die for, and we both seem to have a serious sweet tooth. I will be baking up some of your treats soon for sure.

  4. hehee seems like these pies are looking at you saying EAT ME!!! So pretty!