We almost always have baked goods at my house. If, when you walk in, there isn't a Tupperware container on the kitchen bench filled with the latest baked treat, it's only because we're waiting for the two bananas in our fruit bowl to ripen so a banana cake can be made. Because, you know, two bananas can go to much better use in a cake than in any other form.
Naturally, then, the other day when the blueberry muffins were running low and the baked good situation was becoming progressively dire, it was time to replenish the Lennox kitchen. What to make... cupcakes? cookies? I settled on the whoopie pie - an explosive combination of both.
What on earth is a whoopie pie? They are a yummy fusion of cake, cookie slash pie with a sweet filling in the middle - usually some kind of cream or butter based mixture. Basically, everything that is good in the name of baking in one.
200g caster sugar
1 large egg, beaten
400g plain flour (all-purpose)
1 tsp baking soda/bicarb soda
1/2 tsp salt
250ml buttermilk (totally buy a 600ml container and use the rest for buttermilk pancakes!)
9 tim tams, crumbled (11 in a packet, snack on the other two while you're beating the mixture :D)
And for the filling...
50g butter, softened
1 cup of icing sugar, sifted
1/4 cup cocoa, sifted
1 tbsp milk
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line a couple of trays with baking paper.
Beat the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy then, add the beaten egg gradually until everything is blended.
Sift and stir in the flour, bicarb soda and salt. Slowly add the buttermilk into the mixture and kneed in your tim tams.
Put spoonfuls of the mixture on your baking trays (I did about 9 per tray) and then bake them for 10-15 minutes.
Allow the sponge halves to cool on a wire rack before attempting to create your little whoopie pie sandwiches with cream filling.
For the filling, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add in the cocoa powder and icing sugar a little at a time (don't be alarmed by the clumpy, dry texture (I totally was!) at this point!!) and then, add the milk so that it returns to a light and fluffy consistency.
Spread the filling delicately each of the sponge halves, place another on top and press together to create your whoopie pies.
NB. Do not consume too many of these beauties in one sitting because you WILL feel sick and want to lie down for ages. I'm writing this warning because it is likely that the inability to get one's mouth around the entirety of any whoopie pie may not be enough to stop you from further consumption of these. In fact, it won't be.