The Original Whoopie Pie (Gob Cake)

Megan Todd


If you're from Pennsylvania, you will definitely know what a Whoopie Pie is! Others refer to them as "Gob Cakes." No matter what ya call it, if you love chocolate,you'll love this treat!
Every now and again, I'll walk into the grocery store and see whoopie pies for sale, I may grab some here and there, but they never taste like grandma's!
So I decided to make some yesterday! My grandma's family is from Pa., and this recipe has been passed down a few generations now. Fresh, & home made, just the way I like em!
Stick em in the freezer for a nice cold treat in the summer!

Hope you enjoy!


★★★★★ 4 votes

makes 24 Whoopie Pies
2 Hr
5 Min



  • 5 Tbsp
    all purpose flour
  • 1 c
  • 1/2 c
  • 1/2 c
    butter, softened
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1 1/2 c
    powdered sugar
  • CAKE

  • 2 c
  • 1/2 c
  • 2
  • 1 c
    sour milk
  • 1 c
    boiling water
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 c
    cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp
  • 4 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 2 tsp
    baking soda

How to Make The Original Whoopie Pie (Gob Cake)


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degree F.

    Coat cookie sheets with cooking spray. I like to line my sheets with parchment paper, but it isn't necessary. It helps save time with clean up.

    NOTE: I doubled the recipe when posting this. Just and fyi as you browse throught the photos and notice 4 eggs, etc.
  2. Start by prepping the first step of icing.

    In a saucepan, add milk and flour. Heat on low heat. Stir constantly until mixture becomes pasty. Cooking time takes approximately 10 minutes. You must stir constantly as it cooks to prevent mixture from becoming lumpy.
    When done, remove from heat & transfer to a bowl. Put in refrigerator to cool completely while you prep the cake tops and bottoms, about one hour. Do not cover, or if you must, cover lightly to prevent condensation from forming. We will finish the icing last.
  3. You will need 3 mixing bowls to make cake mixture.

    In first bowl, combine sugar, Crisco, & eggs. Cream together.
  4. In the second bowl, combine Sour Milk, Boiling water, salt, cocoa, and vanilla. Mix well until cocoa is dissolved completely into liquid.

    (To make sour milk, add 1 teaspoon lemon juice or white vinegar to 1 Cup of milk, stir and allow to sit for a few minutes.)
  5. In the third bowl combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda, mix well.
  6. Next, add the cocoa liquid mixture to sugar cream and mix well on low speed of mixer.

    gradually add flour mixture. Mix batter until all is blended well.
  7. Drop batter onto cookie sheets, approximately 1/8 of a cup. I use a cookie scoop or small cupcake batter scoop.

    Bake in preheated oven for 5-7 minutes. Toothpick inserted in middle of cake will come out clean when done.

    Remove from cookie sheet & place on cooling rack, allow to cool completely.
  8. Complete icing:
    In mixer, add Crisco, soft butter, vanilla & salt. Cream together. Add flour/milk mixture, & mix on low speed, gradually add powdered sugar until well blended.

    Place in refrigerator for about 20 minutes.
  9. Put together your Whoopie Pie!

    I like to use a pastry bag, and pipe my icing onto one cake, flat side, then top with another. It saves time and a big mess!

    Refrigerate for approximately one hour before serving. Keep refrigerated or in freezer. Makes an awesome midnight snack! :)

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