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Pumpkin Pie Whoopie Pies

These Pumpkin Pie Whoopie Pies are packed with pumpkin & autumn spices but they also have the most amazing marshmallow buttercream centre. Plain Delicious.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Baking
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin pie, pumpkin pie whoopie pie, pumpkin spice, pumpkin whoopie pie, whoopie pie
Servings: 8 -10
Author: Jane Saunders


Spice Mix (see notes)

  • 3 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp Ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Ground mace
  • 1/2 tsp Ground nutmeg


  • 250 g/ 2 cups Plain flour
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 2-3 tsp Spice mix (depending on personal taste (I use 2 1/2 tsp))
  • 120 ml/ 1/2 cup Groundnut oil (sunflower is a good alternative)
  • 200 g/ 1 cup Soft light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 Large egg
  • 100 g/ 1/2 cup Fresh pumpkin puree** (see notes)

Posh Buttercream

  • 40 g/ 3 tbsp softened butter
  • 80 g/ 3/4 cup icing sugar (plus extra for dusting)
  • 40 g/ 3 tbsp cream cheese (half fat is fine)
  • 1/2 vanilla pod
  • 50 g/ 7 tbsp vanilla marshmallow fluff (near the peanut butter in most supermarkets)


  • Pre-heat the oven to 170ºC/ 325ºF/ GM 3
  • Mix all the spice blend ingredients together and store in an airtight jar (keeps for around 3 months)
  • Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, spice mix and salt together into a bowl
  • Put the oil, sugar and vanilla extract into a large bowl and mix with electric beaters until well combined and beginning to lighten in colour (3-4 minutes). Add the pumpkin puree, mix again, then add the egg, followed by a final beat
  • Add half of the flour mixture and blend well on a medium speed, scraping the edges of the bowl to incorporate all dry ingredients. Add the remaining flour and mix again, being careful to not over beat once all dry ingredients have been incorporated
  • Using a dessert spoon place neat blobs of the cake batter onto baking sheets - aim for circles around 3cm in diameter and spaced at least 3cm apart as the mixture spreads significantly in the oven. Aim for around 8 blobs per sheet. You should easily get 2 full baking sheets and the cooking time is quick, so any left over batter can be used up in the same way when you have finished baking the first lot
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes, until very slightly golden and springy to the touch. Cool on the baking sheet for a minute then transfer to a wire cooling rack
  • Make the filling by beating together the butter and icing sugar. Next beat in the cream cheese and the seeds scraped from the half vanilla pod. Finally mix in the marshmallow fluff
  • Once the cake domes are completely cool, pair up similar shapes & sizes then use the buttercream to sandwich them together. Finally, dust the tops with icing sugar


1.The ingredients for the spice mix will give you enough to make this recipe about 3 times. 2.To make the pumpkin puree remove the seeds from the pumpkin, then scoop the flesh out. Wrap in baking parchment and roast at 180ºC/ 350ºF/ GM 4 for 30 minutes. Allow to cool then blitz in a blender until smooth.