Chocolate whoopie pies with vanilla buttercream

Sunday was my lovely work buddy’s birthday, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO HER! To celebrate I decided to do a bit of a baking to help her get through her first day back at work after the glorious event. The whoopie pies that I chose went down so well that I decided to share the recipe with you lovely people. You’re all cake fiends aren’t you let’s be honest now?! I picked whoopie pies purely because I hadn’t made them for a while, plus this time I changed the colour of the icing to a lovely purple just to be different! This recipe is from The Baking Book by DK and I’ve actually blogged about it before on Cook Bake and Eat here.

What you need
For the cakes –
175g unsalted butter
150g soft light brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
225g self-raising flour
75g cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
150ml whole milk
2 tbsp Greek yogurt

For the vanilla buttercream –
100g unsalted butter
200g icing sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp milk
Food colouring – as much or as little as you want – it really depends on how deep you want the colour to be.

What you do

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C
  • Cream the butter and sugar together with a whisk until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat.
  • In a separate bowl sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder together. Then fold a spoonful of the dry ingredients into the cake batter. Follow this with a splash of milk and mix. Repeat alternating between the dry ingredients and the milk.
  • Blend in the yogurt to moisten the pies.
  • Place heaped spoons of the mixture onto lined baking trays – I actually like to spoon the mixture into muffin trays as then you can (almost) guarantee that you will have 12 equally shaped pies. As I use muffin trays I tend to get more cakes out of the batter – this time I made 17 pies.
  • If you don’t put in trays then make sure you use a teaspoon dipped in warm water to smooth the surface and shape the batter into neat circles.
  • Bake in the oven for 12 mins and cool.
  • Mix together the buttercream ingredients by hand then use a whisk until light and fluffy.
  • Spread the buttercream onto half of the cakes and then sandwich together to form a whoopie pie.
  • Now eat!


Don’t they look delicious? These were so delicious and most importantly went over very well with the birthday girl.

Lau xxx


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