Cayla Gallagher is a food blogger and host and creator of the YouTube channel pankobunny, an online cooking show where she creates weekly tutorials, teaching her subscribers how to turn everyday recipes into “edible cuteness”—colorful, eye-catching treats! With an audience of more than 300,000 followers across her social media platforms and more than 300 million views on Facebook, she strives to bring amusement and creativity to dinner tables all over the world. She has written two cookbooks, Unicorn Food and Mermaid Food, which feature colorful recipes inspired by mythical creatures and the sparkling sea.
Whoopie pies are so much fun to make and even better when they taste like red velvet! We’re filling them with the most delicious cream cheese filling you’ll ever taste. I even make these JUST for the filling sometimes. It is so wonderfully creamy, light, and smooth—I can’t wait for you to try it!
Recipe: Crab Whoopie Pies
MAKES 10–15 WHOOPIE PIES
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ½ cup buttermilk
- 1 oz red food coloring Filling:
- 1½ cups + 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, room temperature
- 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2¼ cups confectioner’s sugar
- Red candy melts, melted
- Candy eyes
Make the batter:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
2. Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
3. In a separate bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well. Add the flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the buttermilk. Then add the red food coloring and mix until just combined.
4. Dollop tablespoon-sized pieces of batter onto your prepared sheets and bake for 5 to 8 minutes. Cool them on the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
Make the filling:
1. Beat the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and combine. Add the confectioner’s sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
1. Use the red candy melts to draw the claws and legs onto a flat tray lined with parchment paper. Place in the freezer to allow the candy melts to set.
2. Place the filling into a piping bag fitted with a large, round tip and pipe onto half of the cakes. Place another cake on top, then stick the legs and claws into the filling. Use a small amount of filling to attach candy eyes. Enjoy!
This recipe has a video tutorial! Check out my pankobunny YouTube channel to see how to make it.