While I am a total advocate for all things made entirely from scratch, sometimes there is nothing like playing around with a boxed cake and turning it into something totally delicious. One of my favorite things to make with a boring box of Devil’s Food Cake is some good old fashion Whoopie Pies!
You will need:
1 box Devil’s Food Cake (or any cake mix, really!)
1 3-ounce package of instant chocolate pudding (adjust flavor based on your cake mix of choice)
Eggs and vegetable oil, in the amount listed on the box
And for the filling:
1 cup solid vegetable shortening (you can replace this with 1 cup butter—but traditionally, Whoopie Pies use shortening)
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
2 cups marshmallow fluff
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
Prepare the cake mix as described on the box, but only using ¾ of a cup of water instead of the listed amount. Beat for 1 minute. Add in instant pudding, and beat for an additional minute. Your batter is going to be super sticky! Drop the batter on a greased or parchment paper lined cookie sheet, about ¼ of a cup of batter each. With the back of a greased spoon, spread batter into 4 inch circles, leaving approximately 1 inch between each cake (I skipped this step, so my Whoopie Pies aren’t the PRETTIEST, but still totally tasty!). Bake for about 15 minutes, or until cakes are firm to the touch. Remove from oven and let them cool completely on a wire rack.
For the filling, throw all the ingredients in a bowl and whip ‘em together, until completely combined. Once your cakes have COMPLETELY cooled (if they are even a little warm, expect your filling to melt!), spread the flat side of the cake with a generous amount of filling, distributing evenly. Press another cake down on top. Repeat with all your cakes—this recipe makes about 9 Whoopie Pies.
When you are storing them (if they make it past the first night!), make sure to wrap them separately, or place them on a tray without stacking them on top of each other, as they tend to stick. Super easy, and really, really delicious!