Friday, December 4, 2009

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies


Happy Holidays!
The tree is up and I'm playing annoyingly great jingly tunes. So what's next? Time to get into some serious Christmas baking. I'm still eating cranberry bread, its so nice this time of year and I'm hoping to squeeze in a lot of other festive treats on here before I fly to Edinburgh for Christmas.

I've pretty much been waiting all year to make these and I couldn't wait any longer! These little cakes just scream Christmas, they're so festive.

The cake is extremely moist and tender with a subtle cocoa flavor and the vanilla filling is very creamy and delicious. I know the majority of whoopie pies either have a cream cheese or marshmallow filling but this frosting definitely plays its part as a perfect creamy center.

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies:
(makes 15 whoopie pies)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8th teaspoon salt
  • 2-3 teaspoons red food coloring
Filling:
(makes 1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch salt

Pre-heat oven to 375F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

In a large bowl cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla extract.

Whisk in the egg and salt until smooth and then mix in the buttermilk.

Sift in the flour, cocoa powder and baking soda.

Then add the red food coloring and mix to combine evenly.



Evenly scoop out teaspoons of the mixture on to the lined baking tray separating each at least an inch apart (for 2 inch whoopie pies).

Bake in the middle of the oven at 375F for 7-9 minutes (you will have to do this in batches).

Allow the little cakes to cool on a rack.


To make the filling, whisk together the butter, milk, vanilla and salt then slowly add the confectioners sugar while whisking until you have a smooth frosting.

Place a heaped teaspoon of the filling on the underside of 1/2 the cake circles and place the other 1/2 of the cakes on top to sandwich.




33 comments:

  1. woooooow! I am so gonna make these with xmas! they look really impressive :-D

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  2. Juuuuummmm :D
    They look yummy!
    Can't wait till you come an we can make them on xmas eve :)
    xxx

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  3. Those look delicious! I was going to have a red velvet cake for my birthday, but when I saw that the only thing that made it red was the food colouring, I just couldn't do it. :( Why do they have to make those look so good? You're whoopie pies look delicious though!

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  4. oh wow these rock, great job and have lots of fun back in Scotland

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  5. Oh, aren't you marvelous?? I nearly bought some just last night and figured I could just make some. Thanks for the recipe!

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  6. oh how I love thee (and these) lol

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  7. They are GORGEOUS!!! Any chance you could deliver a plate of these...right now?!?!?

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  8. I've never seen red ones before!! How cute!! I can't believe you only need to put 2 teaspoons red food coloring in it; amazing!

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  9. These are gorgeous! I love your photo with the branch of berries. Pretty!

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  10. yum yum! those look so good... i wish i had one right now! beautiful.

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  11. ooooohhh. Lovely. The color is so beautiful.

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  12. oh red velvet i adore you! these are so christmassy and cute. :) i want one!

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  13. Oooh they are fabulous! And I've been putting off making whoopie pies forever and now you've got me begging for them! Delish!

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  14. These are too cute! Your cranberry bread is gorgeous, btw.

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  15. They are so yummy looking,perfect Cutie pies will try them for XMAS for sure

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  16. i have this theory that whoppie pies are the new cupcakes... in terms of trendy desserts...

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  17. yum! i love anything red velvet and i'm a big fan of whoopie pies!

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  18. I can't wait to try this out on Saturday - they look gorgeous! Thank you for making my day!

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  19. They look amazing with that popping red color! Couldn't think of anything more fitting for the christmas season!

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  20. Wow! Those are so cute!

    I just made Pumpkin Whoopie pies and they were amazing!

    I think I'm going to need to try these next.

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  21. They do look festive, and delicious! I still have that cranberry bread on my list of things to make, too - I'm thinking about making it as part of our homemade Christmas gifts this year!

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  22. They are adorable!!! The contrast in colours is superb.

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  23. wow! Those are lovely! I never thought to make whoopie pies with red velvet cake. You're a genius!

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  24. Wow I love these cookies but I have never thought that it's possible to make them at home! Thanks for the recipe!

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  25. what lovely little red clouds! very festive and pretty.

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  26. Thanks for commenting my blog. Red Velvet cake is one of my favorites. I'll be following you.

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  27. Love the recipe. How much baking soda is used please?

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  28. Made these for my daughter as a surprise for Valentine's Day. She was delighted. The taste is similar to that of the old Devil Dogs that Hostess made years ago but fresher of course.
    Fun recipe. Easy to follow. Will make this again.

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  29. Your photos are gorgeous. But why are my red velvet whoopie pies not? They came out very flat instead of lovely and puffy like yours. I have no idea why but am willing to try again. Any guesses as to what I did wrong?

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  30. Oh my gosh!! I just bought the things to make these :D I've seen these things all over tumblr and i got sooo excited when i saw this! Tonight: Ratatouille and Whoopie Pies.. Perfect combination xD<3

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