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Red Velvet “Let’s Make Whoopie” Pies

Prep Time:

20 mins.

Cook Time:

12 mins.


12 pies

Put a smile on your sweetheart’s face with these lovely little red velvet confections on Valentine’s Day, but keep this yummy recipe around for an easy, fresh-baked treat anytime of year.



  • 2 1/4 cups sifted Swans Down® Cake Flour
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/ teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon red food coloring
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for decorating


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups marshmallow cream


  1. Make Cake: Preheat oven to 350℉ and line 2 sheet pans with parchment.
  2. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.
  3. Cream butter and sugar at medium speed in the bowl of stand mixer fitted with a paddle, until light and fluffy. Add egg and mix until incorporated. Add buttermilk and vanilla extract. (The batter will look broken.) Add flour mixture and mix on low to medium-low speed until smooth. Scrape down sides as needed.
  4. Spoon 24 dollops (each about 2 tablespoons) onto prepared sheet pans, 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until center of cakes springs back when lightly touched. Remove from oven and cool on pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks and cool completely.
  5. Make Filling: Cream butter, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla extract until smooth. Add marshmallow cream and mix until incorporated. Place in a piping bag.
  6. Assemble Pies: Pipe the filling onto the flat side of 12 cakes. Top them with the remaining cakes, flat side down. Sift confectioners’ sugar on pie tops using a heart-shaped stencil, if desired. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.