Whoopie Pies

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Whoopie Pies

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:

Yum!

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