Whoopie Pies. Weird name but they are one of the latest trends in baking along with cake balls and macarons. They are cute cakey morsels that look yummo.
I have for a while admired these treats. When I first saw them on an American blog I trawled the net for recipes and ideas filing them away for a special occasion. I am forever on the lookout for new ideas for our parties and I could see these having pride of place on a dessert table sometime soon.
Well it just so happened that I was passing my local Robins Kitchen Store the other day and they had 20% off storewide. Nested in the back of the overflowing store was a mini whoopee pie/macaron pan. It has the indents already made in the pan so you can produce the perfect sized baked morsels. I had to buy it and give it a try.
Coincidentally, in Woolworths that day they had 50% off Betty Crocker Whoopie Pie kits. It must have been fate. I picked up a packet and was determined to see if these whoopie pie things were all they were cracked up to be.
Some of you may well be tsk tsk-ing at my choice to use a packet mix right now. While I love the idea of making things from scratch and can appreciate the taste homemade goods have, I don’t often have the time these days to devote to from-scratch baking. If I didn’t give the packet mix a go I would probably not know what a whoopie pie tasted like until I baked them in a tired haze hours before guest descended for a birthday or some such occasion. I have also come to learn that my kid, hubby and my friend’s teens, who would all no doubt be the main consumers, don’t care if they come from a packet.
The Betty Crocker mix was easy and straightforward. The finished mix was quite thick so I can so I can see they would be relatively easy to spoon onto a flat tray if you didn’t have a mould tray like I do.
In saying that though, the Whoopie Pie tray worked a treat. Each of the pies came out in a uniform shape and size but I did overfill the recesses – something to remember for next time. They were easily finished by sandwiching two pieces together with some frosting. Master O then rolled the pies in hundreds and thousands. Here is what they looked like when finished:We each had one for afternoon tea and it went down nicely. Certainly worth getting on this whole whoopie pie bandwagon I say! Next time I promise I will try them from scratch. I just have to since I found the recipes for these flavour combos: