You guys! I tried yet another new recipe, and I am so happy with how it came out! I hadn't even heard of whoopie pies until last year, so I really wasn't sure what to expect when I first tried them. I had heard them be described as "pancake cookies", and now that I have tried them, I honestly can't think of a more accurate name.
They tasted exactly like pancakes to me! Which is super weird, and kind of annoying, when you consider how much easier pancakes are to make (eggs, milk and flour, pancake power), but I still had a lot of fun making - and eating - these little guys, so let's get onto the recipe!
You will need:
♡ Vanilla whoopie pie batter (I used this one as I love Dr. Oetker's products!)
♡ Pink food colour
♡ Yellow food colour
♡ Small heart cookie cutter
♡ Yellow fondant
♡ Buttercream icing
♡ Piping bag
♡ Baking paper, pencil and scissors
♡ Fondant rolling pin and angled spatula
♡ Baking tray and knife
1. If you're comfortable piping the heart shapes and cutting out the fondant "sparkles" by hand, then skip to step three. If not, bring up a photo of the sparkling heart emoji (💖) on your computer and resize it until it's the same size as the cookie cutter you'll be using. Trace the sparkles onto a scrap piece of baking paper.
2. Tear off a piece of baking paper that is the same size as your tray, then trace around your heart cookie cutter onto the paper, leaving 1-2 inches between each heart. Flip the baking paper over so the pencil side is touching the tray.
3. Make your vanilla whoopie pie batter as directed, then add a few drops of pink food colour until you reach your desired colour. Pour the mixture into a piping bag and pipe onto your heart outlines.
My piping tips don't have any letters or numbers on them so I'm not sure what size they are, but I would have preferred to use a Wilton 1A tip as that would have been a lot bigger, and wouldn't have caused my hearts to come out so "swirly". Alternatively, you can just cut the end off your piping bag until you're happy with the amount of batter that comes out!
4. Bake your whoopie pies for the recommended time - for me, that was 12-14 minutes - then take out of the oven to cool completely. Unless you're superhuman, some of your whoopie pies are bound to have come out looking better than others, so go through them all and figure out which pieces are going to be for the top, and which ones are going to be for the bottom.
5. Put your bottom pieces aside, and roll out your yellow fondant on some baking paper. Cut out the sparkle shapes that you drew on your scrap of baking paper earlier, then place them on your yellow fondant and cut around the edges with a knife. You'll need two pieces for each whoopie pie, one at the bottom left, and one at the top right. If your sparkles aren't sticking to the whoopie pies, lightly brush the back of the fondant with some water and it will become sticky.
6. Now it's time to whip up some buttercream! This is a pretty generic icing recipe so I won't go into explaining how to make it (besides, my "recipe" is usually just beating a chunk of butter and adding icing sugar and milk to it until I'm happy with the consistency). Once you're happy with your buttercream, colour it yellow with your food gel.
7. Grab your bottom whoopie pie pieces and spread the buttercream onto the flat side with your angled spatula. If you'd like a neater look, you could always pipe the buttercream on instead. Carefully press the top parts onto the buttercream, and you're done! Delicious - and gorgeous - sparkling heart emoji whoopie pies 😋
Behind the scenes...
Realistically, these whoopie pies should have taken about 30 minutes to prepare and then bake, but they actually took me quite a few hours due to some wrong turns. I tried to make red velvet whoopie pies first, thinking that I'd be able to dye them a dark pink instead of red, but the mixture went a strong and obvious brown colour very quickly, and no amount of pink food colour was going to change that.
After a brief moment of sulking, I scrapped that idea and decided to go with good ol' vanilla ones, which dyed pink very easily. Mistakes happen to everyone, and it's perfectly fine to allow yourself to feel disappointed, but eventually you've got to put those feelings aside and focus on what changes you can make so it doesn't happen next time!
Have you guys ever made or eaten whoopie pies before? If so, what would you call them? A cake? A cookie? A pie? Whatever they are, they were really fun to make, so I'm sure this won't be the last time you see them on the blog!
Until next time,