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

    • Anne says

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

  1. says

    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

    • Anne says

      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! : )

    • Anne says

      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! : )

  2. says

    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!

    • Anne says

      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! : )

  3. says

    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!!

  4. says

    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!

    • Anne says

      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!!! : )

  5. says

    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.

    • Anne says

      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! : )

  6. says

    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!

    • Anne says

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

  7. says

    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!

    • Anne says

      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! : )

  8. says

    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!

    • Anne says

      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! : )

    • Anne says

      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! : )

    • Anne says

      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! : )

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