Thursday, 9 September 2010

Makin Whoopie!

I don't know how many of you have heard of Whoopie Pies but according to many across the pond in the US they're the new cupcake.

Hearing this I just couldn't help myself try them out.

Basically, for those of you who don't know, Whoopie Pies are sort of a mix between a cake and a cookie, two pieces are sandwiched together with your choice of filling. You can make them in an array of flavours (I went for chocolate) and fillings and even top them with even more icing (However they're really sweet as it is)

My first attempt wasn't the best ever as I made them quite a bit to large but they still tasted yummy.

Here they are:

With Chocolate frosting filling.

Peanut Butter Icing. (my fave)

And melted Marsh-mellow. (not the best and these ones were way to big!)

Here's how they're made:
125g butter
150g chocolate
225g sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
250g flour
30g cocoa powder
½ tsp baking powder

Pre- heat oven to 180c/ gas 3, 

Melt butter and chocolate together (best to do this in a bowl over a pan of water)
Try not to eat the yummy melted chocolate, hehehe 

Mix sugar eggs and vanilla then fold in the chocolate mix. Then sift the flour and cocoa powder together then fold into the mix. 

Place spoonfuls of the mixture on a lined baking tray and bake in the oven  - they take about 6 - 8 mins. 
This mixture should make about 24 half's (12 cakes)

Now for your filling of choice: 

Mashmellow is easiest, basically just take a marshmellow or 2 and place on one half of whoopie pie, then place in the oven for a minute or so until the mashmellow is soft, then sandwich the other half on top. Voilà!

For the peanut butter I used about 3tbs of crunchy peanut butter blended it with about 1tbs of butter and 3tbs Icing sugar. I cant remember exactly how much I used in quantities as I then just adjusted the ingredients adding a bit here and there to suit my taste. Spread on 1 half then sandwich together. 

And finally the Chocolate. 150g Icing Sugar, 50g Butter, 20g Cocoa powder, 20ml Milk 
Cream butter sugar and Cocoa powder then ad milk bit by bit but be careful not to over-mix, consistency should be thick. 
Pipe or spread onto one half of Whoopie pie then I found it better to place that half in the fridge for a little while to help icing set harder before placing the other half on top.

And that's what you get for making Whoopie!

Sorry about the terrible pictures too I'm hoping to get better at that. 


Ruzzells said...

These look amazing, I'm going to have to give them a try!

cupcakegirl said...

They're quite easy too and can be made in so many different flavour/ filling combinations