Whoopie pies are really the child of cookies and cupcakes, they are a combination of the best parts of cookies and cupcakes!
I discovered this recipe for red velvet whoopie pies in 2010, and made them for a White Elephant party. I had never made whoopie pies or had even tasted one at that point. Lets just say, I was impressed!
Whoopie pies (one of my friends calls them: cupcake tops!) are the greatest things ever, a mix between a cookie and cake with a soft, gooey, sweet filling, plus the name is just so fun to say!
Red Velvet Whoopie Pies, recipe courtsey of Mowielicious:
- 1/2 cup (4 oz) butter, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1-1/4 cup plain flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1½ tsp baking soda
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 tsp red food colour paste
1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line two baking trays with baking paper or silicone mats.
2. Whisk together the butter and sugar. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, salt and baking soda. In another bowl, blend the red food colour paste with the cocoa powder
3. Whisk in the egg until completely incorporated, then add the flour mixture in three parts, alternating with the buttermilk. Mix in the red cocoa powder mixture.
4. Fill a piping bag and pipe 5cm rounds onto the lined baking trays.
5. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the cakes spring back when touched. Allow to cool before filling with cream cheese frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting:
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1 cup or 2 sticks unsalted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 Tablespoon orange zest
- 1 Tablespoon orange juice
- 4 cups confectioner’s sugar
- Combine the cream cheese, butter,in a large mixing bowl and blend for 2 minutes.
- Add salt, vanilla, orange zest and juice, blend to combine.
- Add confectioner’s sugar, one cup at a time. Once all sugar is added mix for 2 minutes.