Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Chocolate Whoopie Pies


Happy 4th July to all those who are celebrating! My google reader is groaning with all sorts of red, white and blue delights so this is something different but still very American. One of my good friends was recently successful at a job interview - CONGRATULATIONS!  It's a job she has wanted for a long time and I'm so, so pleased for her. We went for a lovely celebratory dinner at Bistrot Bruno Loubet which I would recommend if you are in the area. I had the Beetroot ravioli which is in the Time Out Top 100 best dishes in London!

Doesn't it look amazing?

I wanted to bake something special for her to celebrate her success.  I remember her telling me that my Lemon Whoopie Pies were the best thing I've ever baked and she has tried a LOT of my baking! I decided to try the chocolate whoopie pies this time and use my jar of Marshmallow Fluff which I found in Asda. I used Dan Lepard's recipe again for the whoopie pies which turned out beautifully. I made a marshmallow fluff buttercream as fluff on its own is really, really sticky! 

The letter for this month's AlphaBakes is W which is perfect for Whoopie Pies!  AlphaBakes is a monthly baking/blogging challenge which is hosted this month by Caroline from Caroline Makes and on alternate months by myself.


As this is an American bake and it uses an American ingredient (Marhsmallow Fluff) I'm also entering this to United Bakes of America hosted by Gem from Cupcake Crazy Gem



I'm also entering them to Tea Time Treats which is hosted by the fabulous Karen from Lavender and Lovage and co-hosted by the fantastic Kate from What Kate Baked.  Karen chose the theme of cake stall cakes & bakes. I think these would be perfect for a cake stall and I'm sure they would be very popular. PS Karen I hope you will enjoy these even though they are very American! ;)


 I finally got a chance to use my Whoopie Pie Pan from America. 

 Melt the butter...
 Add in chocolate and continue melting. Then add in eggs, flour, sour cream and milk

  Ready to go in the oven

 Freshly baked 
My first time using Marshmallow fluff - It was too sticky to use on its own so I mixed it with a little butter and icing sugar which gives it a better spreadable consistency and still tasted fabulous.

  Spread a generous portion of marshmallow fluff buttercream on one whoopie pie

 Sandwich them together
 And roll in pretty sprinkles


This is what it looks like using pure marshmallow fluff as the filling

  Boxed and ready to be gifted



Recipe for chocolate whoopie pie was from Dan Lepard's short and sweet
Recipe for marshmallow fluff buttercream was based loosely on this recipe from BBC Good Food
 - I didn't actually weigh the ingredients but just mixed about 3/4 jar of marshmallow fluff with a small amount of butter and icing sugar until I got the consistency I wanted. 

43 comments:

  1. Wow you're quick off the mark! hehe...Happy 4th July too! These look so amazing! I haven't made traditional whoopies with a marshmallow filling yet so I definitely think I need to after seeing your pictures - that fluff filling looks so tasty!! Congrats to your friend...I'm not sure what would make me happier if I was her, getting the job or being gifted this amazing box of treats (actually I think we both know what would make me happier!!) and what a great W bake too!

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    1. I know what would make you happier :) I wasn't sure about whoopie pies to start with but this recipe is really good. The fluff frosting is brilliant! I'm so pleased the letter for AlphaBakes is W :)

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  2. My husband loves these. I had no idea Wilton made this pan. Thanks for the recipe. Great pics!

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    1. I bought the pan on sale, cant remember how much now a few dollars I think! You can make them without a pan as well :)

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  3. I've never made whoopie pies, but anything with chocolate and marshmallow fluff gets my vote. Yum!

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    1. They are fairly new kids on the block and I wasn't sure to begin with but this recipe is amazing.

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  4. I've always been a little bit suspicious of whoopie pies but these look good enough to convince me to try them again!

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    1. I'm glad I could convince you :) As mentioned above I wasn't sure to start with but Dan's recipe is the best I've tried.

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  5. Well, there you go, you have convinced me that I may need to TRY a whoopie pie now! Like London Bakes, and as you know, I have been a little suspicious of these American imports, but you have SWAYED me into whoopie pie fever with these cake stall GOODIES! Am LOVING your special tin too! Thanks for entering these into Tea Time Treats Ros!

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    1. I'm glad they can find a place on your tea time treats table :) See above re trying whoopie pies. I've got another delight for your table later this month X

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  6. Simply super!! Never made whoopie pies before. But now I want to make those..badly!!

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    1. They are really fun and easy to make and taste a bit like a cake/brownie.

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  7. i really need to get a whoopie pie pan. these look fab!

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    1. My pan was a real bargain! You can make these without a pan too.

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  8. Whoopie pies are still on my 'to bake list' these look lush!

    Nom!

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    1. Thanks Nom. If you have Dan's book, I highly recommend this recipe. The other ones I've tried didn't turn out as well.

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  9. Oh how very 4th of July! Perfect for Alpha Bakes and United Bakes of America. But always remember...they are celebrating their Independence from us!

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  10. looky loo at the pie baby!!!... I love it all looking so thick and unctuous... divine stuff and a very happy fourth of July! what a way t celebrate x

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    1. Thanks Dom! It is very indulgent as I like lots of filling and sprinkles.... a little OTT perhaps? :)

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  11. Perfect timing for Alphabakes! I just made some whoopie pies earlier this week.

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    1. Great minds think alike! Do send yours in to AlphaBakes :)

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  12. Looks delicious! I would so love to try some. What a great way to celebrate 4th July.

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    1. They were delicious - chocolatey with gooey marshmallow filling!

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  13. Looks lovely! I discovered marshmallow fluff recently and am ashamed to say my boyfriend and I ate half the jar just with a spoon!

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    1. Thanks! Fluff can be quite addictive and I've seen different flavours too!

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  14. That beetroot ravioli does indeed look tasty - congratulations to your friend! Good job on the whoopie pies too.. love the names of those :D I've never tried them myself... I bet they're delicious!

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    1. The beetroot ravioli was delicious! I can't wait to go back. The whoopie pies were delicious too but I think I prefer the lemon ones :)

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  15. Oh these look amazing! I love marshmallow fluff have done for years, I usually dollop a big bit on a mug of hot chocolate :D But these look really yummy & it means I can use up the half massive tub of fluff I have left!

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    1. Marshmallow is a traditional filling for whoopie pies which I'm sure would go well with a mug of hot chocolate and marshmallow fluff! :)

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  16. The wee laddies and lassies are going to love these. But as much as I would want to bake this for them (and myself) everyday, they cannot have too much fluff.

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    1. These are perfect for a treat but definitely not an everyday bake!

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  17. This is new to me, I have never seen a whoopie pie before. It sounds delicious and I should try it sometime. What kind of texture does it have? Cake like or biscuit like?

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    1. Whoopie pies are the new craze in town. They taste more cake like - soft and dense which is why its paired with a buttercream filling. I hope you get to try some soon :)

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  18. WOW, It looks amazing, I wish I could have a bite :p

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  19. Ooh these look good I have never tried a whoopie pie yet but they look good.

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  20. These look so, so good! Whoopie pies are definitely crawling up my 'to bake' list pretty quickly and have jumped up a few more spaces after seeing these!

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    1. Thanks! They were delicious and I do like how they look :)

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  21. I missed this, just saw it in the roundup. How could I have missed this? I love whoopie pies. Yours look fabulous with the sprinkes, I am going to try that next time I make them. Oh and I should tell you about my recipe for marshmallow fluff, it is amazing. I could eat it with a spoon!

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    1. I thought the sprinkles were great! Thanks for your recipe. Dan Lepard has a good one too which I used last time but I wanted to try the marhsmallow fluff this time.

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