Recipe: Red velvet whoopie pies
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
- ½ cup vegetable shortening
- ½ cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons red food coloring
- 1 cup buttermilk
1 Preheat oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2 Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and set aside.
3 In the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter, shortening, and both sugars at medium speed until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating until each egg is fully incorporated into the butter and sugar mixture. Beat in the vanilla and the red food coloring.
4 Reduce mixer speed to low; add half of the flour mixture, all of the buttermilk, and then the other half of the flour mixture.
5 Using a medium-sized ice cream scoop, drop the batter in even mounds onto the parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake one sheet at a time for 9–10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the whoopie pie comes out clean.
6 Remove from the oven, let cool for about 5 minutes, and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter at room temperature
- 12 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
- 1 pound (4 cups) confectioner’s sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 Fill a piping bag fitted with a star tip with the cream cheese frosting.
2 Flip over one of the red velvet whoopie pies so the bottom is facing up.
3 Starting from the outside, frost the whoopie pie in a circular motion, working your way in, until the entire surface is frosted. Gently press the bottom of another whoopie pie on top, creating a sandwich.
Recipes by Lauryn Cohen, the queen of sweet and founder of Bella Baker- a customized, made-to-order dessert company offering everything from cake pops to highly stylized dessert tables. Known for her uniquely creative treats, Lauryn is an authority on all things baking and designs inventive desserts for every occasion.