Here's the thing.
Sometimes? Sometimes you don't want to mess with a good thing, right?
Like, why mess with a perfectly delicious vanilla whoopie pie recipe when it doesn't really need to be messed with?
When my husband requested that I, for the love of all things holy, finally follow through with making the whoopie pies I'd been promising since December after receiving a whoopie pie pan from my mother-in-law for Christmas, I figured I should probably go ahead and make the things without trying to healthify them too much.
Okay, so the truth?
The truth is that I totally did try to healthify the recipe a wee bit, but it was a dis.as.ter.
Well, not really a complete fail because the end result was totally delicious and will be posted on this site next week, but it was a disaster in the sense that it did not work AT ALL as a whoopie pie recipe.
After many months of having the still packaged whoopie pie pan constantly staring at me from the kitchen cabinet, I finally got the initiative to make the dang things. I took a stick of butter out of the fridge to let it soften, and then I saw something shiny and procrastinated in making these delicious little snack cakes for yet another week.
And yes, the butter stayed on the counter the entire time and yes I used it.
No, we didn't get sick.
From my experience, when wrapped, butter will be totally fine if left out on the counter, out of the sun and away from heat for several days.
These sugarly little snack cakes are light and heavenly and are a fantastic dessert...or breakfast 😉
I'm not a huge fan of any sort of icing or sickeningly sweet frostings of any kind, so I created a super simple, super fruity cream cheese filling for these cakes that is absolutely spoon worthy.
The lightness of the filling contrasted with the fluffy vanilla cake makes these whoopie pies one of the most delicious summer time treats I've ever made and, if you go for a quick 20 minute walk at some point during the day, you won't have to feel guilty about eating one either.
Oh, and you don't even have to have a whoopie pie pan to make them!