Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies Filled with Maple Cream

Did you know the "Whoopie pie" is the State Treat of Maine? I had no idea states had designated treats. I'm dying to know what the state treat is here...it better be candy bacon.

While making these I started thinking about why these tasty little cakes have such a silly name. I did a little research and found Whoopie pies to be a Pennsylvania Amish and New England phenomenon. I suppose this is why I never had them as a child.

Apparently the Amish women would bake up these little desserts (likely with leftover cake batter) and put them in their husband's lunches. The men would pull out these treats and yell, "whoopie". So...this is where I laughed out loud. I just don't see a bunch of guys yelling out, "whoopie" for cake. Do you?

Oh well, maybe they did. It was a different time. It just sounds funny. There are also three states that claim to be the birthplace of the Whoopie pie; Maine, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. This little dessert has quite a history!

When I saw this Whoopie pie pan...I had, had, had to have it. Is it not the cutest? Perfect for Fall! But, I also found this one, which will be perfect for gingerbread. And check out the price...it's super cheap!

You barely need to add any batter to the whoopie pie pan cavity, these guys puff right up during baking.

They come out of the pan perfectly. No sticking, no fuss. You could even serve them like this. They are really beautiful and have a very nice pumpkin flavor.

I used maple extract in my filling. If you don't like maple, you can just use vanilla extract. Some people are really picky about the look of their filling, meaning they want it to remain as white as possible. In that case, you can use a clear vanilla extract. I also used my favorite offset spatula to frost the inside of the Whoopie pies. I like it because it's small and easy to work with. It works great with cupcakes too.

Enjoy these festive little cakes! We sure did.

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Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies Filled with Maple Cream

Recipe from: Slightly adapted from Wilton | Serves: Makes about 15 Whoopie pies (30 cakes total)


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk


  • 1 package (8 ounce) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple extract (add more for a bolder flavor)


  • Sprinkles and/or nuts (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray pan with cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with pumpkin and buttermilk. Fill pan 1/2 full, spreading batter to edges of cavities.
  • Bake 7-9 minutes or until cake springs back to the touch. Remove from pan and cool completely before filling.
  • For the filling, beat cream cheese, sugar and maple extract until well combined. Spread filling on one cake and sandwich with another. Garnish with sprinkles or nuts if you like.

These will go great at any party this season.

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15 Comments and 7 Replies

  1. I have no idea what the Colorado State Treat is… I’ll have to Google. I love these little treats and I must find a pan like that. Great for Fall.

    • Cathy 2

      I know, it makes me wonder. When I Google it for Oregon all I get is treatment centers…not quite what I’m looking for.

  2. Andrea 3

    I’m definitely making these! Clicked the link and ordered the pans, even the holiday one which is now $4.51! And I discovered the Noble Pig Market. I’m in trouble now…

    • Cathy 4

      Awesome, they are really cute and it’s a steal on that pan. They even have heart shaped (nothing better than a whoopie pie in honor of Valentine’s Day), stars…etc.

  3. I LOVE that pie pan of yours. Not to say, love the pies too. :-D

    BTW do join my party this week too. I am back with the dinner extravaganza :)

  4. Barbie with a T 6

    Love the looks of the consistency of the cake on these little treats. I can only imagine the melding of all the different flavors going into these little whoopie pies. Thanks for this recipe. I don’t have the fancy pan to bake them in….I will find a pan that will do the trick, though.

  5. Ooh, these would be perfect for the bake sale for my daughters dance school! Just what I was looking for! PS: I Googled out Kansas state dessert and there is none! I suggest cheesecake :) Have a fabulous Sunday, Cathy!! xo

    • Cathy 9

      It’s funny but apparently the state dessert is different from the State treat. For instance, using Maine again as an example, their state dessert is blueberry pie while their state treat is the Whoopie pie. Maybe we need to call our government offices tomorrow to get this straightened out:).

  6. j3nn 10

    The shapes are adorable! I was actually working on something similar to this the other day and failed miserably. :) But you nailed these!

  7. Renee 11

    These are just adorable and sound so tasty!

  8. Julia 12

    Those molds are beautiful! I wish I had them. :)

  9. Erin 13

    Could you use a cupcake pan and barely fill those instead of buying special pans, do you think?

    • Cathy 14

      You could, the shape would just be off for a whoopie pie, slanted up the sides. The edges might also come out crispy in a muffin pan. But try it, let us know how it goes.

  10. Kim in MD 15

    These are so delicious and adorable baked in that pan, Cathy! I’m off to check out the pans! :-)

  11. Heidi 17

    Not sure how reputable this site is, but it does have Maine’s dessert and treat listed as you said:
    link to netstate.com
    I am loving all of your pumpkin recipes so far :)

  12. Madioochx23 18

    The pans are available at Walmart with the recipe on the package. These are delicious and get lots of raves. Roast walnuts, chop them up, and roll the edges in them. Nice addition!

  13. Jill Quaney 19


    I made these this weekend and they were great! My recipe which came with the pan didn’t have the maple extract which sounds fabulous. I will add that next time.

    I have a question: How do you get your cakes to lie flat? Mine puffed up leaving a bump. I ended up slicing the bump off to make them lay flat when sandwiched together.

    Your photo shows them laying flat on the table/counter. What is your secret?

  14. how did I miss these?? I want one right now!!!

  15. Krista 22

    I’m originally from New England, but live in the PNW now. Whoopie pies are one of my favorite treats. These sound so good I can’t wait to make them! My Whoopie pie recipe is a chocolate pie with a marshmallow cream type filling, the traditional recipe from the North East.


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