Chocolate Whoopie Pies are the perfect treat - two little fluffly chocolate cakes, sandwiched together with a delicious chocolate chip buttercream filling. They freeze well and when popped into your lunchbox frozen, are ready to eat for morning tea/recess.
Sarah has been experimenting with different whoppie pies and fillings, and these ones are definitely our favourite so far. She has a whoppie cake tin, but these smaller sized ones made with an ice-cream scoop are the perfect sized treat. They use the new Nestle mini chocolate bits which we only recently discovered.
Chocolate Whoopie Pies
(Makes 15-25 pies depending on size)
1 3/4 cup plain (all-purpose) flour
2/3 cup dutch cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
dash of salt
125 g (1 Stick) butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg, room temperature
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup milk
Preheat oven to 190 deg C (375 F) and line baking sheets with baking paper. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add in egg and vanilla and mix thoroughly. Add half the milk and mix. Add half the flour and mix. Add remaining milk and mix. Add remaining flour and mix lightly until combined. Using a small ice-cream scoop, place a scoop (tablespoon or two) of batter evenly spaced 2 inches apart on the baking trays. Bake for 10 minutes or until they spring back. Cool for 5 minutes and move to a wire rack. Cool completely and frost with desired filling.
Chocolate Chip Buttercream
125 g butter (1 stick), softened
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 tablespoons plain (all purpose) flour
1 1/2 cup icing (confectioners) sugar
1 – 2 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup mini chocolate bits
Beat butter and sugar together until creamy. Add vanilla, flour and half the milk and beat until creamy. Add in the additional milk until the buttercream is a spreadable consistency. Fold in the chocolate chips. Using a palette knife, spread the buttercream on a cake, and sandwich two together to make a Whoopie Pie.
Sarah was inspired by the Classic Whoopie Pies from My Fair Baking.
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