Sophie’s Halloween Pumpkin Sheet Cake Whoopie Pies With Marshmallow-Candy American Buttercream Frosting Filling

A delicious dessert that’s a spin on Ree Drummond’s chocolate devils that’s great to eat with friends on Halloween.  Enjoy.

2 Cups All Purpose Flour

1 1/3 Cups, plus 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar

1/4 tsp Salt

1 tsp Baking Soda

1 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon

a pinch Ground Nutmeg

Pumpkin Pie Spice, to taste

1 can Pumpkin Purée

4 Sticks Butter or Margarine, Softened, Divided Use

1/2 Cup Whole Milk or Half And Half or Heavy Cream

2 Whole Eggs

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1/2 Cup Water

1 Cup Confectioners’ Sugar

1 container Marshmallow Fluff

1/2 Cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (optional)

M&Ms

Oreo Cookies

Nuts Of Your Choice (optional)

Graham Crackers

Chocolate Granola

For the pumpkin sheet cake:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, 1 1/3 cups of granulated sugar, salt, baking soda, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice, and stir in pumpkin purée.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together 2 sticks of butter, whole milk, eggs, and vanilla extract, and stir it into the cake batter.

4. Pour the cake onto a well greased baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and bang it before putting it in the oven to release the air bubbles.

5. Bake for about 25 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean when the cake is done.

6. Remove from oven, and let cool.

For the sweets:

1. Place some Reese’s peanut butter cups (if using), M&Ms, Oreo cookies, nuts (if using), graham crackers, and chocolate granola in a small plastic bag, crush with a rolling pin, and set aside.

For the marshmallow-candy American buttercream frosting:

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together 1 stick of butter and Confectioners’ sugar in a bowl on low speed until everything is thoroughly combined.

2. In a saucepan, melt remaining butter, and stir in marshmallow fluff.

3. Slowly pour it into the bowl with the frosting base one spoonful at a time along with chocolate chips, crushed Reese’s peanut butter cups (if using), crushed M&Ms, crushed Oreo cookies, crushed nuts (if using), crushed graham crackers, and crushed chocolate granola, and let the mixer go until everything is incorporated.

For the simple syrup:

1. In a saucepan, dissolve remaining granulated sugar in water, and bring to a boil. Bring the simple syrup to a simmer, and set aside.

For the finished sandwiches:

1. Cut different shapes out of the cake, and brush the simple syrup on half of them. Spoon marshmallow-candy American buttercream frosting onto the ones with simple syrup, top the ones that have it on them with their matching cake shapes, and enjoy.

Yields: about 10 Halloween pumpkin sheet cake whoopie pies with marshmallow-candy American buttercream frosting filling

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