Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

I really wouldn’t consider myself a Valentine’s Day person.   At all.  I’m the cynical person who goes on rants about how the entire holiday was created by Hallmark and the chocolate companies to sell stuff.  I tend to spend it with Beardy Bestie Fran (and I can’t even go into how heartbreaking it’s going to be for me to have her so far away in Wales), and the one time I allowed Beardy Fiance to tag along was the year I had tickets to Titanic in 3-D (I mean, it’s his favourite movie – I couldn’t exactly forbid him from coming.)

But the one thing I love about Valentine’s Day is that it’s basically a holiday about baked goods and chocolate.  I love both of those things.  I still have fond memories of school parties where we basically got to eat our weight in chocolate and in college, I preferred to buy the discounted delicious Marks & Spencers cupcakes the next day then actually participating in kind of romantic event.

So to kick of the season (bloggers go kind of crazy for any holiday in which food plays a part) – I’m starting with the cliche dessert of Valentine’s Day.  Nothing is more known than the red velvet whoopie pie.  So to kick Valentine’s Day off, here it is.  What do you consider the most cliched V-Day bit of deliciousness?

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies (adapted from The Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days)

Ingredients for whoopie:

200g dark brown sugar

120g unsalted butter

1 large egg

120ml buttermilk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

340g plain flour

2 tablespoons of cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

Red food colouring (as needed, I like a reddish brown tinge, but extra food colouring will make it shockingly red).

DSC_0012Cream together butter and sugar.  Mix in cocoa powder, egg and (if applicable) red food colouring.


Sift in half of the flour.  Mix in half of the buttermilk.  Sift in the rest of the flour (as well as the baking powder) and mix in the remaining buttermilk.  Mix well and place either in a whoopie pie pan (which I would really recommend, as I absolutely love them) or on a cookie sheet.

DSC_0015Bake at 170C for 15 to 20 minutes (until you can place a form in and it comes out clean.)  Let the cakes sit for several hours and cool.  In the meantime, whip up the filling.

Ingredients for filling:

85g unsalted butter

150g icing sugar

80g cream cheese

100g Marshmallow fluff

DSC_0016Mix all the ingredients together well.  I’d recommend taking the ingredients out of the fridge for an hour before mixing them all together, to let the cream cheese and butter soften.

DSC_0019Once it’s ready and the cakes are cooled, pipe the filling in between the cakes.


And have a lovely Valentine’s Day!

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  1. Mmmm they look so yummy, I don’t whether it’s because it’s cliched or by this point of the year Pauls been working without a single day off but I find the ‘but you have too’ attitude about doing something special on valentines day to prove your love for someone really annoying. Although that’s probably because there is no opportunity for myself and paul to even consider doing something special but surely you should always want to do something lovely with your other half not just on one particular day every year…..cynical?? lol

  2. You old softie 😉
    Janie x

  3. […] and you’re looking for something delicious for Valentine’s Day, you could check out my red velvet whoopie pies or the chocolate rosemary […]

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