Red Velvet? Whoopie!Posted: February 13, 2012
No matter how you feel about Valentine’s Day – most romantic holiday of all or, ahem, a made-up holiday to sell greeting cards – February 14th is still a good day to make someone you love a special treat. Like some whoopie pies! But not just any kind of whoopie pies. Red velvet whoopie pies! Doesn’t it sound 10x more special already?
Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
For the pies:
– 2 ½ cups of flour
– 1 cup of cocoa powder
– 1 teaspoon of baking powder
– ½ teaspoon of baking soda
– ½ teaspoon of salt
– ½ cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter, at room temperature
– ½ cup of vegetable shortening
– ½ cup of brown sugar
– 1 cup of sugar
– 2 large eggs
– 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
– ¼ fl oz bottle of red food coloring
– 1 cup of buttermilk*
For the filling:
– ¾ cup of unsalted butter, at room temperature
– 1 ½ cups of confectioners sugar
– 2 cups of Marshmallow Fluff
– 2 vanilla beans
– ¼ teaspoon of salt
Heat your oven to 350º.
In a bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugars together. Beat in the eggs one at a time and then the vanilla. Add half of the flour mixture and half of the buttermilk. Add the other half of the flour mixture and buttermilk. Next, with the mixer on low, add the red food coloring, using as little or as much as you want. (Full disclosure: I should have used more food coloring than I did. I didn’t account for the pies darkening as they baked. Oops.)
Drop tablespoons of batter onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving half an inch between each one. Bake for about 10 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
While the whoopie pies cool, make the filling. Mix together the butter, confectioners sugar, Fluff, salt and the paste from the inside of the 2 vanilla beans. To assemble, sandwich a heaping of tablespoon of filling between two halves, then repeat with the remaining whoopie pies.
*Don’t have buttermilk? No worries. Mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice into 1 cup of regular milk for a great substitute.