Thursday, 29 September 2011

Red Velvet Whoopies

Since I am on holidays, I thought I should be a little more adventurous with my baking, so when I saw these red velvet whoopies in the October issue of Super Food Ideas - I just had to try them.
They were really easy to make, and quite delicious.

- 125g butter, softened                            
- 1 3/4 cups plain flour
- 3/4 cup caster sugar                              
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract                                
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda                    
- 2 eggs                                                
- 1/4 tsp baking powder                        
- 3 tsp red colouring                              
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar                    
- 1/2 cup buttermilk

 Cream Cheese Filling:
75g butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups icing sugar mixture
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 200g cream cheese, softened

1. Preheat oven to 180 and line 4 baking trays with baking paper. Using an electric mixer, beat  butter, sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each. Add food colouring and beat until combined.  Meanwhile, sift flour, cocoa, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder into a large bowl.
2. Add half of the flour mixture to butter mixture and stir to combine. Add vinegar and half of buttermilk. Stir to combine. Repeat with the rest of the remaining flour mixture and milk until just combined.
3. Drop level teaspoons of mixture onto prepared trays., 5cm apart. allowing room for spreading. Bake one tray at a time, for 8 - 10 mins, or until puffed and cooked through.
Stand on trays for 2 mins, transfer to wire rack.
4. To make cream cheese filling, use an electric mixer, beat butter, icing sugar and vanilla together until pale and fluffy. Add cream cheese and beat until smooth and combined. Sandwich between cakes to make 2 whoopie pies.

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