Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Whoopie What?

I can't believe Tuesday is done and dusted already. This week is really flying, and I have a pretty hectic line-up for the next couple of days, so was glad to have zero commitments this evening so I could relax in the confines of my kitchen. Just me and Ken...my KMix!. When I got home this evening I whipped up a delicious Mushroom & Chorizo Risotto for Molly and I. After getting my fill of savoury, I stood in front of my bookshelf seeking inspiration for a sweet treat for later. This week is one of firsts, and like Cake Pops, Whoopie Pies are something I've been meaning to try for a while. Given the success of my Red Velvet Cupcakes post, I decided that folk just like some good 'ol Red Velvet when it comes to cake. So there you have it, an idea was born and with thanks to the Hummingbird Bakery 'Cake Days' book for inspiration, I present to you the Whoopie of all Whoopie Pies.....Red Velvet Whoopie Pies!


Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Ingredients:

For the pies:
120g butter
200g dark brown sugar
1 large egg
120ml buttermilk
240g plain flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1/4 tsp salt                                            
30ml of red food colouring (or add as required)

For the filling:
85g butter
150g icing sugar
80g cream cheese
100g vanilla marshmallow fluff




Method:
1. Preheat oven to 170C and line 2 large baking trays with parchment.
2. Using a free-standing mixer (or handheld if you like!) mix together the butter and sugar, until 
    light and fluffy. Next add the egg into the mixture, and mix until well combined. In a jug mix 
    together the vanilla essence and buttermilk and add these to the mixture on a low speed.
3. Put the flour, salt, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda together, and sift into the mixture. Next add 
    the food colouring and gradually up the speed to high, mixing until the colour is evenly 
    distributed. Place the mixture in the fridge for 25minutes to cool and set.
4. Meanwhile, place the butter and icing sugar in the mixer for the filling. Blend at a low speed 
    until well combined. Then add in the cream cheese again at a slow speed until well
    combined. Finally incorporate the 'Marshmallow Fluff' and once combined, turn the speed up 
    to high for approx. 1 minute. Place mixture in the fridge 30minutes to set slightly.
5. Remove the red pie mix from the fridge and place 'balls' onto the prepared baking sheets, 
    3cm apart, and measuring 4cm in diameter. For a more even shape, you can roll mixture into 
    rounds slightly before placing them in the tray. Place in the oven and cook for 10-14minutes 
    or until springy when touched. Remove from oven and leave on trays to cool completely.
6. When the cakes have cooled completely, take 1 tablespoon of the filling and place on the flat 
    sides of the cakes and sandwich together.





E-D's Notes:
- I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with how these 'Whoopies' turned out. The sponge is 
  springy and light and the filling is absolutely delicious! Make yourself a nice cup if tea, or fill a 
  cold glass of milk and savour these sensational little sponges!
- You can always toy around with food colouring for the Whoopies....why not try orange and 
  black for Halloween, or red and with green filling for Christmas! Or alternate colour tops and 
  bottoms....What about the Irish Tricolour. Colouring can make a dramatic statement and is so 
  easy to do!



E-D's Useful Links:
Cake Days Book: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Hummingbird-Bakery-Cake-Days/dp/0007374798

9 comments:

  1. Amazing Emma! Loving your blog by the way-particularly the baking! You're inspiring me to cook/bake now which (believe me!) is no mean feat!! Keep it up dollface!xx

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    1. This is Lou W by the by ;)

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  2. Aw thanks Louise!!! Glad you're getting into it!!! Welcome aboard the baking wagon!xx

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  3. Woke up this morning with a text from a friend who must have seen ur blog! She's demanding that we make these over the weekend!! Ur spreading the baking bug!! X

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  4. I had my first Whoopie Pie when I was visiting Maine, and fell in love with them! I've only tried the chocolate and vanilla variety, but I'd imagine these must taste DIVINE!

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  5. @ Jess: They are delish......went down very well at work today!!!!They're a pretty new phenomenon on this side of the pond! Mmmm chocolate and vanilla, I'll have to give it a try!x

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  6. @ Erika....Ha ha the @Great Irish Bake In' goes viral!!!x

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