July 30, 2012

Pink Whoopie Pies - what a shame they look beige!

Last week a colleague bought me a present - Marshmallow creme a sickly blend of whipped melted marshmallow in a tub which is available at Costco!

I first tried marshmallow creme shortly after I attempted my first batch of whoopie pies, it was at this stage  I thought how great would the marshmallow creme go with whoopie pies!

My first batch of  Whoopie pies were straight from a Betty Crocker box. This time I thought I would make the whoopie pies from scratch. I found a recipe on taste.com.au (see below ingredients and method).

The following ingredients are required:
  • 125g butter, at room temperature
  • 80g (1/2 cup) brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 100g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 375g (2 1/2 cups) plain flour
  • 330ml (1 1/3 cups) buttermilk

I didn't have any buttermilk so I used milk with some melted butter in it. I wanted my whoopie pies to be pink so I added red food colouring and strawberry essence. The mixture was a nice shade of pink.

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C. Line 2 baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Use an electric beater to beat the butter, sugar and vanilla in a bowl until pale and creamy. Beat in the egg.
  2. Stir in the bicarbonate of soda to combine. Use a metal spoon to fold in flour and buttermilk, in alternating batches, until just smooth. The mixture should be a little stiff.
  3. Use a 3cm-diameter ice-cream scoop to place rounds of the mixture onto prepared trays, leaving 5cm for spreading. Use your finger to smooth mixture around the edges.
  4. Bake, swapping the trays halfway through cooking, for 10 minutes or until firm. Cool slightly. Place on a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat, in 2 more batches, with remaining mixture. 
I found the whoopie pies took longer too bake, I left them in the oven for at least 15 minutes. Unfortunately the pink batter turned beige. Once they had cooled I spread the whoopies with Marshmallow creme and sandwiched them together.

The final verdict - nice, probably didn't need 15 minutes in oven, marshmallow creme isn't too sickly, chocolate is a better option!