I recently saw a picture of Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Macaroons on a high-end kitchen products store’s website. They are priced at $44.95 for 12. Honestly, I thought the price was way too high. But I remembered making whoopie pies and figured we could do the same thing with them. They are probably a little larger but that just gives us more surface space to paint the jack-o-lantern face on.
But how do we get the face on the pie? Then I thought about Wilton’s Food Mist, which is a food color spray “paint”. With a great stencil, we could simple spray paint the jack-o-lantern faces on the whoopie pies with the black Food Mist.
So I gave precision-happy hubby the task of creating the stencil using a transparency film and an Exacto knife. He created an awesome jack-o-lantern face stencil that made it easy to spray paint the face onto the whoopie pies.
Next I went in search of a bright orange batter to make the whoopie pies. Pillsbury Funfetti Orange was the perfect way to go. The neon orange cake mix make the whoopie pies bright and cheerful. Plus it has a coordinating icing to go with it.
Watch the video making Jack-O-Lantern Whoopie Pies.
First of all, we followed the directions on the Funfetti cake mix.
Then, we spooned the batter into the prepared whoopee pie pan. We found that the flatter the pie surface was, the easier it was to paint the face on. So by not filling the pan completely with batter but leaving some space, the pie came out more even.
Then bake them for 5 minutes – keeping an eye on them towards the end of the time. While they cool enough to handle, place a large piece of parchment down on the table to catch the over-spray as you paint. Place them, one at a time, in the center of the paper. You may want to wear a glove for this next part:) The “paint” comes off your skin easily but does take a few washing to get it all removed. Hold the stencil LIGHTLY against the pie – holding it too strongly against the pie can cause the paint to smear while holding it too far away causes a loss in definition. Spray the paint in light bursts moving from side to side. Lift stencil straight up to keep from smearing the “paint”. Most of all, allow the “paint” to dry before you start to assemble them.
Finally, ice the bottom of the pie and assemble them – choosing the best faces for the top.
So these were really easy to make and the idea can be tweaked for anything you can make a stencil for – mascots for teams, lips for valentines, initials for parties. Therefore, it’s the perfect canvas for your imagination.
Here is the recipe for Jack-O-Lantern Whoopie Pies.
- 1 Funfetti Orange cake mix
- 1 Funfetti Orange icing
- ⅔ cup water
- ¼ cup oil
- 2 egg whites
- 1 can black Color Mist
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Spray the bottom of the whoopee pie pan with a non-stick spray.
- Combine the cake mix, water, oil, and egg in a large bowl. Mix until well blended, about 2 minutes.
- Spoon batter into pan, leaving plenty of room for the batter to rise.
- Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 5 minutes.
- Allow to cool enough to be handled. Once cooled, place one pie at a time onto a large piece of parchment paper.
- Place stencil loosely on to the pie and spray with Color Mist. Lift stencil straight up to keep from smearing the "paint". Allow to dry.
- Ice the bottom of a pie and cover with a "painted" pie. Repeat until all are assembled.