Heart-Shaped Whoopie Pies…plus a Wilton Valentine’s Giveaway!

by Kathy Strahs on February 6, 2012 · 88 comments

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I can already hear the creak of the step stool hinge unfolding the second I tell my 4-year old daughter that I’m about to bake something that involves sprinkles. That’s her cue to drop what she’s doing and get herself propped up next to me at the kitchen island to get involved in the action.

This weekend Heart-Shaped Whoopie Pies were on the menu. We had so much fun with the Bunny Whoopie Pies we made last year at Easter that I was eager to try some for Valentine’s Day. If you’ve never tasted a whoopie pie, these pillowy cakes with marshmallow frosting sandwiched in between are a real treat. Once again, we turned to a Wilton pan (included in today’s giveaway!) to create the fun shape. We decorated them simply with Valentine’s sprinkles around the edges but you can also get really creative and pipe words and other designs on top (like these from Baking Bites).

Ready to bake some fun Valentine’s treats of your own? Wilton is sponsoring a fabulous giveaway for us today: a Valentine’s Day Baking Prize Pack, valued at $50, including the heart-shaped whoopie pie pan plus Valentine’s Day cookie cutters, a pie press, sprinkles and more. Read on for how to enter the giveaway plus the Heart-Shaped Whoopie Pies recipe! [THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED]

Valentine's Day Baking Prize Pack from Wilton

Win a Valentine’s Day Baking Prize Pack from Wilton, including:

  • Wilton Heart-Shaped Whoopie Pie Pan
  • Micro Hearts Sprinkles
  • Jumbo Hearts Sprinkles
  • You Bake Me Smile Window Bag
  • Text Message Icing Decs
  • Heart Shaped Mini Pie Press
  • Hearts a Flutter Cookie Cutter Set
  • You Bake Me Smile Combo Cupcake (baking cups & picks)
  • Valentine’s Nonpareils

Here are five ways to enter, you can do any or all of them (please leave separate comments for each entry): [THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED]

The giveaway will close on Wednesday, February 8 at noon PST. I will use random.org to select one winner and I will announce the winner in this post. I will contact the winner via e-mail – if I don’t receive a response within 5 days I will draw another name. My apologies to international readers, the prize can only be shipped to U.S. addresses.

** UPDATE 2/8/12: Congratulations to our winner, #69 Kathryn! **

Heart-Shaped Whoopie Pies


Many thanks to Wilton for sponsoring today’s giveaway.

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Julie @BananasForBourbon February 7, 2012 at 1:00 PM

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I follow you on Pinterest too! :)

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Michelle February 7, 2012 at 1:11 PM

I am looking forward to making a strawberry cheesecake.

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Michelle February 7, 2012 at 1:12 PM

I already subscribe to your blog via email.

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Michelle February 7, 2012 at 1:13 PM

I already like your facebook page

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Rosemary February 7, 2012 at 1:26 PM

I would make heart shaped whoopie pies too! :)
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T.R. February 7, 2012 at 1:55 PM

What V-Day treats and I thinking of making fudge brownies. I love brownies and they are just a great comfort/love food. Though I wouldn’t mind making these whoopie pies.

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Debby G. February 7, 2012 at 2:07 PM

A giant heart shaped cookie!

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Armindy February 7, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Wow! These look delicious. I’ll have to try and make these Valentines’ Day this year if I can. A friend of mine has a birthday the day before Valentines’ and I’m making him a car cake- my first 3D cake without help from a pan. Yikes. Then I have been ordered by my mom to make her some truffles. Maybe I’ll just sneak her some Whoopie Pies instead. ;D
Ah, I’m now following you on Pinterest. :)

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Theresa February 7, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Honestly I was thinking of just buying some chocolate covered strawberries for my husband. They’re not my thing but he really loves them. Maybe I shouldn’t wimp out and at least dip them myself? We’ll see :)

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Angela February 7, 2012 at 4:26 PM

What a cute idea! I planned to make cookies to share at work, but these look a bit more fun!

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JessFee February 7, 2012 at 6:15 PM

So like I have posted before I was going to look around on your blog and it was a treat to see your corn muffin recipe. I had everything on hand to make them. I was making chili anyways so the corn muffins where a add on and a hit with my boyfriend and I. <3 I am so happy to of found your blog.. from your new fan.. Jess :)

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Jessica F February 7, 2012 at 6:24 PM

I’m hoping to make cake pops this year!

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Jessica F February 7, 2012 at 6:25 PM

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Jessica F February 7, 2012 at 6:25 PM

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Kathryn February 7, 2012 at 6:26 PM

I’ll be making oreo cheesecake truffles.

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Kathryn February 7, 2012 at 6:27 PM

I follow you on Pinterest

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Kathryn February 7, 2012 at 6:27 PM

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Ann February 7, 2012 at 6:38 PM

I plan on making these tiny ladybugs again (lovebugs! http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=562407274376&set=a.519946840426.2027892.22501825&type=3&theater ) for Valentine’s, among other cut-out cookies!

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Victoria Schwartz February 7, 2012 at 8:25 PM

I’m thinking of making a heart-shaped meringue and filling it with raspberries. I’ll probably make some chocolate meringue cookies while I’m at it.

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Carolyn February 8, 2012 at 3:24 AM

Those whoopie pies look wonderful! This year for my daughter’s class, we’re going to make things easy on ourselves and make chocolate chip cookies with a twist. We bought some cherry flavoured M&Ms to put in them too!

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Kathy Strahs February 8, 2012 at 7:48 AM

I haven’t seen cherry M&Ms yet – how cool, I need to find those!

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Carolyn February 8, 2012 at 3:25 AM

Like you FB…I thought I already did, but apparently not!

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Jen @ Juanita's Cocina February 8, 2012 at 4:47 AM

I can’t wait to make boston cream pie cupcakes for my sweetheart!
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Amy in Austin February 8, 2012 at 7:36 AM

I’m hoping to make graham crackers and heart-shaped shortbread. Maybe even chocolate dipped.

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Amy in Austin February 8, 2012 at 7:37 AM

I followed you on Pinterest.

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Mary February 8, 2012 at 7:50 AM

I’ll be making Star Wars shaped chocolates for my bf for Valentine’s Day this year!
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Marilyn February 14, 2012 at 3:56 AM

Thank you for posting these instructions and recipes!!! I have a Wilton Heart-Shaped Whoopie Pie pan that came with no paper work. Now, thx to you, I can make Whoopie Pies for today==Valentines Day! I am going to try making the cake part from a cake mix and then make the filling recipe…wish me luck!! I’m making them for dinner tonight for my Mom and Hubby. Hubby is making Surf & Turf for dinner…I thought this would be the perfect dessert!

Have a love-filled, fun-filled Valentines Day!

Love,
Softa

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Wendy Marstaller February 8, 2013 at 6:02 AM

I made these last Sunday, the cakes were way to big so I cut down the amount of dough and that worked better, smoothing them out with a knife before baking also helped. The frosting was like soup and I have made a lot of Whoopie pies in the past. I followed the recipe and even my husband said, “what happened to the filling?” The cake tasted fine but the filling was not good at all.

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Kathy Strahs February 8, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Hi Wendy,

Sorry to hear the filling didn’t work out for you. I hope you didn’t maybe leave out an ingredient? Or perhaps melt the butter rather than soften it? Between the marshmallow cream, sugar and solid-state butter it would be pretty hard for it to turn out like soup – there’s nothing liquid in it but a small amount of vanilla. It sounds like something didn’t go quite right. Glad the cakes tasted good!

~ Kathy

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