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
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).
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.
Ingredients for filling:
85g unsalted butter
150g icing sugar
80g cream cheese
100g Marshmallow fluff
And have a lovely Valentine’s Day!