Saturday 3 October 2020

Apple Cider Donut Whoopie Pies

This is the time of year that we all start wanting to enjoy everything apple, spiced and yes, even pumpkin.  These Apple Cider Donut Whoopie Pies are a real favourite around here! 

No surprise there.  The cakes are lovely and light and moist with beautiful spicy flavours. Cinnamon and nutmeg for the most part, but a touch of cloves and ground ginger.

Apple Cider Donut Whoopie Pies

 Once baked they are coated with melted butter. They are then rolled in a spiced sugar to give them a lovely crunchy coating.

Again the spices are nutmeg and cinnamon.  Very nice I have to say.

Apple Cider Donut Whoopie Pies


I chose to fill them with a cream cheese frosting.  You don't need a filling that is overly sweet when you have all that sugar on the outsides.

You want something which is rich and luxurious, but not too sugary. This fits the bill perfectly.

Apple Cider Donut Whoopie Pies


I used my whoopie pie pan to bake these.  I have to say I am not always very happy with the way they come out using this pan.

I always end up having to trim the edges. They look alright, but not quite as they would just baked on parchment paper on a baking sheet.

Apple Cider Donut Whoopie Pies


I ended up having to bake these twice.  I was much happier with my first set of photos. I thought I had taken them off the camera onto my photo editing program.

I am pretty sure I had, because I then deleted them from off my camera card. So today when I went to edit them, uh oh  . . .  no photos.

Apple Cider Donut Whoopie Pies



And so I had to bake them all over again today! Not a hardship really. These are so good. In fact they are amazingly delicious! 

And so today I now have more to give them away. I don't think my next door neighbour will mind.  She is usually the recipient of my baked things.

She doesn't mind one bit.  Happy to say. She has been very good to us over this lockdown.  Always bringing us over bread and milk and she would bring us anything else we needed as well.  I try not to ask her for anything because I don't like putting her out. 

But I do share my baked goodies with her as a thank you. She is always very happy when I sent a plate of something over.  She will get these today.  My friend Tina got them yesterday.

Apple Cider Donut Whoopie Pies


I can tell you nobody has ever complained! They are always very happy when I bring them a treat.

They say joy shared is doubled.  I have to say that baking shared is joy shared. Its a simple thing and means a lot to people to know you care enough to share with them little treats like these.

Apple Cider Donut Whoopie Pies

Back in the 1990's when my kids were growing up I used to make them Chocolate Whoopie Pies. They loved them.

One year I entered them in the county fair where I lived.  My sister also entered the same recipe in her local county fair.

Apple Cider Donut Whoopie Pies

Believe it or not, we both won blue Ribbons.  Mine in Meaford, Ontario. My sister in West Lorne. We were both quite proud of our ribbons I have to say.

And the best part was that we had won them the same year at the same time with the same recipe.  I just love it when my sister and I have a shared experience like that. Like I said a joy shared is a joy doubled!

Apple Cider Donut Whoopie Pies

Anyways, I do hope that you will bake these and then enjoy them.  They really are very good. Scrumdiddlyumptious I have to say.

Scrumpdiddlyumptious and incredibly moreish!  Trust me. Have I ever lied before? 👍👍👍

Apple Cider Donut Whoopie Pies

Apple Cider Donut Whoopie Pies
Yield: 12 Pies
Author: Marie Rayner
prep time: 15 Mincook time: 25 Mintotal time: 40 Min
Tis the season for all things apple and spice! These are truly lush despite my poor photography!


For the cakes:
  • 2 cups (480ml) sweet apple cider or cloudy apple juice
  • 2 cups (280g) all purpose (plain) flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • pinch each powdered cloves and ginger
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup (120g) butter
  • 1 cup (200g) soft light brown sugar packed
  • 1 large free range egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) buttermilk
For the cream cheese filling:
  • 2 1/2 TBS butter, at room temperature
  • 4 TBS full fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  • few drops vanilla
  • 1 cup (130g)  sifted icing sugar to give you the right consistency
You will also need:
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1 TBS ground cinnamon
  • 1 TBS ground nutmeg
  • 4 TBS melted butter


  1. You will need to reduce the apple juice before beginning.  Put it into a very large beaker and cook it on high in the microwave for 15 minutes until it reduces to 1/2 cup (120ml). (Alternately you can do this in a saucepan on the stove, boiling it for abou 10 minutes.)  Set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/gas mark 4. Line two baking sheets with baking paper, or spray two non-stick whoopie pie pans really well with baking spray.  Set aside.
  3. Sift the flour, soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and salt together in a bowl.
  4. Cream the butter and brown sugar together in another bowl until light and well combined.  Beat in the egg ad vanilla.  Mix on low speed with an eletric mixer while alternately adding the buttermilk, flour and reduced apple juice. Stop and scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.
  5. Spoon heaping dessert-spoonfuls (about 1/4 cup) of the batter into the holes of your whoopie pie tins or roughly 3 inches apart on your lined baking sheets.
  6. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. A toothpick inserted in the centre of one should come out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Mix the granulated sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg together in a bowl. Brush the top of each whoopie pie cake with some melted butter and then roll it in the sugar mixture to coat. Set aside until all are done.
  8. Beat all of the icing ingredients together until smooth and creamy.  Sandwich two sugar coated cakes together with some of the icing, spreading it on the flat side of one and topping with the flat side of the other.
  9. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.  You can wrap each one individually in plastic cling film if you wish.
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  1. I made your Quarter cup Cookies yesterday ....oh my nice ! We love them ! I will be making these Whoopie Pies just as soon as I can get hold of some buttermilk :) x

    1. I am so pleased they were enjoyed! That makes me happy! I hope you enjoy these likewise! Happy Conference weekend! xoxo

  2. You and Cindy both winning Blue Ribbons for the same Whoppie Pie recipe at different fall fairs in Ontario must have been very exciting. What a lovely memory to recall this time of year. I love fall fairs but there just aren't too many around this year. I must get some apple cider. Love and hugs, Elaine

    1. It was very exciting and there were prizes as well from Fry's Cocoa! We both got aprons and oven mitts. Good times! Love and hugs, xoxo PS - I hope eventually things get back to normal. County fall fairs are the best!

  3. Hi Marie, could I bake the batter in a cake pan, omit the butter-sugar-spice topping and simply use the cream cheese icing? If so, what size cake pan would you suggest and also, how long to bake it?

    1. You could probably do it in two eight-inch layer tins. If I was doing that I would still do the butter-sugar-spice topping and fill the layers with cream cheese icing. This would take maybe 35 minutes to bake. Let me know how you get on Judy! xo


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