Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
For the pies:
200g dark brown sugar
1 large egg
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:
150g icing sugar
80g cream cheese
100g vanilla marshmallow fluff
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.
- 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!
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