Chocolate Whoopie Pies

Whoopie!!!  It’s time again, for Baked Sunday Mornings!!!

Chocolate Whoopie Pies | From My Sweet Heart

Every other Sunday a great group of bakers dedicate themselves to baking from a wonderful book, Baked Explorations by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito.  It’s a fabulous book by the owners of Baked in NYC.  Many thanks to Sheri at Pork Cracklins and Bourbonnatrix of Bourbonnatrix Bakes for their wonderful efforts in leading Baked Sunday Mornings!  Though I came in late to this group, I’ve enjoyed getting to know my fellow bakers as we eventually bake our way through this entire book!

This Sunday, just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’re making whoopie!  Pies that is!  I love whoopie pies for the same reason that I love macarons and cupcakes.  You can play with the flavors of the cakes and fillings to suit any season or special occasion.  Here’s what I did with mine…

These were decent.  The authors of this book take classics and put an updated twist on them.  I’m not sure if I thought  the cakes weren’t chocolatey enough or if I thought the sophisticated Swiss buttercream was a little too light for these ‘clunky’, casual cakes.  I did enjoy them.  But I felt the need to add a twist of my own!

 

Chocolate Whoopie Pies | From My Sweet Heart

 

I used a pastry brush and brushed a little Chambord liqueur on the cakes before adding the buttercream.  And while I kept half of the buttercream white and vanilla, I added a few tablespoons of the Chambord to the rest with a bit of pink food coloring.  And then I dressed them up a bit for Valentine’s Day!  Also, while the book states that you should set your egg whites and sugar over a pan of simmering water until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is milky white, I found that the mixture was already milky white from whisking the sugar and egg whites together.  So I follow my own rule when making Swiss buttercream, of bringing this mixture to a temperature of 160°F, and then whisking them with an electric mixer until it comes to room temperature before adding the other ingredients.

Take a bite…..

 

Chocolate Whoopie Pies | From My Sweet Heart

 

Aren’t they good?  I’m giving this recipe 3 whisks.  There are many books dedicated to the topic of whoopie pies.  But for this particular recipe, head on over to Baked Sunday Mornings.  And put your own funky twist on this classic dessert!  And enjoy!

:-)

Comments

  1. Very cute post Anne, making Whoppie just in time for Valentine’s day. Love the touch of liqueur you’ve added and all the pink sprinkles.

  2. I love how you decorated these for Valentine’s Day! Very nicely done. I really liked these & they were easier to make than I’d expected.

    • Hi Susan and thanks! These were pretty easy to make, weren’t they? But nothing tops your Valentine’s Day dinner! Wow! : )

  3. Love these Whoopie Pies Anne!! I think they are perfect for Valentine’s Day. Hope you have a wonderful and love-filled day full of sweet treats. :) PS.. Hope you collected the award I nominated you for on my blog post dated 2-8… Enjoy. :) Happy Sunday! ~ Ramona

    • Ramona…thank you…thank you so much for the award! You are too sweet! I just left a note on your blog (your deviled onion sambal looks fabulous!) …..and I’m sending you an email shortly! Hope you’ve been having a GREAT week! : )

  4. These look so adorable Anne! Not to mention so delicious… I want a plate piled high with them and a good book and I’ll be happy

    • Thanks Janet A good book and a glass of milk……and how about a nice thick slice of your grapefruit cake! I think we’ll both be happy now! : )

  5. Your wonderful picture is telling me I need to get that book off the shelf. Sometimes a blog post can inspire me to make something while the published recipe did not! This is one of those such blog posts. Also, I really like your special twist to this recipe with the Chambord! Delicious post!

    • Tina…thanks so much! You should join the group! You are such an awesome baker! I LOVED your recent banana coffee cake with that fabulous dulce de leche! : )

  6. I wish I had one of these right now. Love following this series, Anne!

  7. So cute!

  8. The liquor and the sprinkles both sound like excellent additions to the recipe. They look adorable and so festive!

  9. I’ve never made whoopie pies but have seen alot of recipes. Your tip on brushing with Chambord has now totally convinced me to make this. And how cute your are!!

  10. Oh, this was a week I should have gotten back with the group! My family would have loved these! Yours look fabulous all decked out for Valentine’s Day!

    • Thanks Liz! I love that this group is so chill! But with your beautiful brownie cookies and those white chocolate cupcakes…..it looks like you’ve been busy!!! : )

  11. Those look and sound wonderful!! Yummy!

  12. Love, love love your decorations. And Chambord? Genius!

  13. Hi Anne! What a fun Sunday morning! Your whoopie pies look terrific and what a great baking group! Happy Valentines Day, my friend!

  14. Beautifully done! Nice writeup with good extra ideas. I thought this buttercream recipe did not complement the chocolate cake-cookie…the cookie was chocolaty, but not enough to dominate the super buttery buttercream. I’m glad I added extra flavor to mine for Valentine’s Day, and I like what you have done. Always fun to get a few good ideas through these experiences.

    • Thanks Krissy….yours were beautiful as well. And it’s always great to hear what everyone thought of the recipe and how they would change and improve it! : )

  15. Absolutely adorable! Great idea to add the chambord, and gorgeous decorations!

  16. I love whoopie pies and yours look so festive and delicious, Anne!

  17. Those look so festive! I love all the twists you did for them and the way you dressed them up.

  18. I love the way yours turned out. Thank you also for the tip on making Swiss buttercream. I plan on making it for the first time this week. Happy Valentine’s Day and I am looking forward to the next edition of Baked Sunday Mornings!

    • Sandra….thanks so much! And your Valentine’s table settings were just beautiful….as well as all of your desserts! : )

  19. These look so yummy. I love whoopie pies and how perfect for Valentine’s Day. Give your significant other a Whoopie Pie for exchange for some Whoopie! Hopefully I didn’t offend anyone with that comment.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • Ha! Thanks Vicki…..and you had a great idea here! Valentine’s Day is the perfect day for making whoopie…..pies or otherwise! Hope you had a great day! : )

  20. My favorite part of these whoopie pies are the pink nonperils! :D

  21. These are lovely–and the Chambord is an inspired addition! They are so cute with their decorations.

  22. So sweet and just the right treat for Valentine’s Day! I have the first book which I just love, and I’m secretly dreaming of visiting the bakery up in Charleston!

  23. What a great group to bake with! Those whoopie pies look fabulous dressed up in pink. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  24. WOW! You sure know how to make whoopie! :) These look SO GOOD – moist and creamy. YUM! Great way to spend a Sunday morning. Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • Thanks MJ! I remember eating these as a kid and they were more fun to bake from scratch! Hope you had a GREAT Valentine’s day! : )

  25. Pretty! Loved that you added the Chambord!!

    • Thanks Sarah! I love chambord and will try and sneak it into anything…..maybe even into that pretty freshly squeezed meyer lemonade you just made! : )

  26. Wow! Your pictures are beautiful! And I’m sure your additions made the whoopies that much better!

    • Thanks Ms. B…..but I really love the way your pies turned out. So very pretty….almost elegant! (If you can call a whoopie pie elegant!). The piping looks really lovely! : )

  27. I love the idea of whoopie pies. Hand held, take a big bite and oh so cute. Love the pink frosting too.

  28. These are magnificent – I love the red colouring combination and with such scrumptious flavours :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  29. Delicious!!! Looks so adorable to.

  30. LOVE how you’ve presented it. :)

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