Whoopie Pies and a Giveaway

I have never been a fan of whoopie pies I think its because of the whole “next big thing” label that seems to surround them. Everyone seems to be saying that they will be the next cupcake but I really doubt it. Why am I posting a recipe for them then? Well I was asked to do a baking demonstration at a charity even this weekend and I wanted something easy and quick so thought I would give them a whirl, and do you know what? They were pretty good. The event was The Great Brownie Bake Off organised by Louise Thomas the Chocolate Consultant and was to raise money for the charity Wheels For Wellbeing. Twenty-two home bakers who thought they had a great brownie submitted samples and a panel of judges including Paul A Young and Abigail Phillips of The Cake Nest (who will be using the winning recipe for a year in her business) sampled each one looking for the best. During the day, whilst the judging was happening there were demos by a really great group of people

Stacie Stewart the Masterchef finalist, Fred Ponnavoy the head chef at GU Chocolate Puds, Caroline Aherne of Sugargrain Bakery and Sasha Jenner of Hobbs House Bakery. The day was a great success and whilst I was a little nervous doing my first live demo the whole experience was a lot of fun.

Chocolate and Banana Whoopie Pies – Makes 25

280g Plain Flour

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

125g banana

115g sour cream

115g unsalted butter, softened

100g granulated sugar

100g light brown sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla

1. Preheat the oven the 350F / 175C and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a medium bowl and set aside.

3. Mash the banana and mix with the sour cream, set aside.

4. Cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, 4-5 mins. Add the egg and vanilla and beat to combine.

5. Add the flour mixture alternating with the banana mixture.

6. Using a tablespoon sized ice cream scoop portion the batter, leaving 2 inches between pies and bake for 12 mins or until golden around the edges. Let cool and fill with whatever takes your fancy, I used a simple chocolate ganache.

Divine Chocolate Giveaway


You may know that next week is National Chocolate Week so to celebrate I am giving away 5 bars or Divine Chocolate to one lucky reader. To win leave a comment letting me know your favourite chocolate recipe and I will pick a winner at random Friday 15th October (UK entries only unfortunately)

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72 Responses to Whoopie Pies and a Giveaway

  1. Jonathan says:

    My favourite chocolate recipe is Martha Stewart’s chocolate pudding. It’s so amazingly sweet and bitter and creamy and… man, I think I just put on 10 lb thinking about it.

    • Fiona says:

      Favorite chocolate recipe chocolatecovered sloes. Take the sloes out of the sloe gin I’ve made, chop them up and cover spoonfuls of them in dark chocolate, absolutely yummy and different to your usual liqueur chocolates.

  2. J says:

    This might sound a bit plain and boring but the perfect HOMEMADE chocolate mousse recipe is great! I’ll find my mums and will post it down the line or find another favourite chocolate recipe of mine.

  3. Eleri says:

    My favourite chocolate recipe at the moment is my ad-hoc brownies which I made because I needed to use up an egg to make room in the fridge. All in cups I’m afraid as I was baking lazy that day ;)
    Cut up a large cooking apple into small chunks and put in a microwavable mug, microwave 1 – 1 1/2 mins and stir with a fork until mushy, set aside. Whisk together 1/2 cup flour and 1/3 cup cocoa powder in a large bowl , add 1/2 cup light brown sugar, the cooked apple, 1 egg and 1/3 cup chocolate chips and stir to combine. Pour into 8×8 tin and bake around 10 -15 mins.

  4. Choclette says:

    So hard to give a favourite, cos there are just so many good ones. But the one I bake the most often is of course the brownie – quick, simple and so delicious.

  5. Nice meeting you today Edd. Gutted I missed your demo when I popped out – it was getting a bit too croweded, but that just goes to show what a huge success the event was! Will probably bump into you again at Cupcake Camp London on the 31st – best to show up hungry that day!

  6. Zenia says:

    At the moment it would have to be peanut butter cupcakes with a chocolate icing… soo sooo soooo good! And wildly decadent!

  7. Sally says:

    I agree with you about whoopie pies. The stubborn side of me does not want to be manipulated by a marketing-led trend for baking. How on earth did you cook with a microphone in your hand?!
    My favourite chocolate recipe is by Tamasin Day-Lewis and I can’t remember how many times I’ve made it as my family beg me to and I have friends who insist I made it for them when they are coming round. It’s called chocolate and apricot tart and above the pastry case there is a sticky sharp layer of Middle Eastern dried apricot paste that offsets a very dark, just set, slightly velvety wodge of chocolate. It’s a fabulous combination. (I live outside the UK but if you pick me I’d send the choc to me sis in Manchester as she’s having a bit of a rough time at the mo).

  8. Jordan says:

    I didn’t know it was national chocolate week!!!! I was born during the most awesome week of the year then! ;-) (Today’s my bday!)

    Right now, my favorite recipe is a mocha tart from the book “Bittersweet,” that, and the recipe that I came up with for Oreo cupcakes, turning a cookie recipe into a cupcake.

  9. Louis says:

    I’m going to have to be traditional and boring and go with the brownie, it cannot be beaten.

    I’m also going to be cheeky and post a link to a recipe on by blog which has yet to fail me – http://tuck-uk.blogspot.com/2010/02/crack-brownies.html
    Those who like their brownies dry and light need not apply!

    L

  10. Julie Davies says:

    These are absolutely yummy
    Chocolate and Pistachio truffles
    Melt the chocolate and cream together in 20-second blasts in a microwave or in a glass bowl set over a small pan of simmering water. Stir in the vanilla, then pour into a small bowl. Once cool, put in the fridge to chill for 2-3 hours.
    When firm, use a melon baller or 2 teaspoons to scoop out and form balls, then roll each truffle in cocoa powder or chopped pistachios. Keep chilled until ready to serve.

  11. Callum says:

    Great post Edd.
    For me it has to be Gizzi Erskine’s Sweet Potato and Turkish Delight Brownies. It’s a combination I would never have thought would work, but the sweet potato keeps the brownies incredibly moist and gooey and the turkish delight adds a unique sweetness. To be honest I was reluctant to try making them, but the recipe really is incredible, plus they’re much better for you than regular brownies! :)

  12. Gem says:

    Practically any baking I do always involves chocolate but my absolute favourite recipe is one for a chocolate beetroot fudge cake. Not being a beetroot fan I was hesitant to try the recipe but it gives the cake a wonderful gooey and fudgy consistency. The perfect chocolate cake recipe!

  13. Helen says:

    Theres just no thinking about this as far as I’m concerned. My absolute favourite chocolate recipe is the one that my Gran taught me from her Bero baking book and its the classice Milk Chocolate Cake, it always turns out beautifully and reminds me of how my love affair with baking begun. I love and cherish that tatty old Bero book from 1963 more than any of my other books.

  14. My favourite chocolate recipe would have to be brownie, or going back to my childhood Chocolate Rice Crispy Cakes!!

    karen s

    twannywun at hotmail dot com

  15. Harriet says:

    Looks like you’ve been having loads of fun since the show! I’m so glad you won ^-^
    My favourite chocolate recipie has to be my big sister’s chocolate truffle bars. They’re a bit like brownies but so much better!

  16. Ele says:

    I love that you’re getting in on the Woopie Pie action, Edd! Definitely my favourite baking trend of recent years, and very happy that they’re being recognized on this side of the pond.

    My favourite chocolate recipe is definitely Rose Levy Berenbaum’s Chocolate Puddle Tart, which is ridiculously moist and rich (lots of chocolate and cream cheese in there). I like to use the basic recipe and make brownies out of it, they’re almost ridiculously fudgy.

  17. Ella says:

    I’m not sure I can pick a favourite chocolate recipe. But my most recently tested recipe is for White Chocolate Chip Fudge and a tray of it is currently cooling in my kitchen as I type! I won’t post the actual recipe as I don’t if it’ll work out! Fingers crossed!

  18. Hilary says:

    Mine is a toss-up between my ‘easy’ chocolate cake and my ‘special’ chocolate cake. The easy one probably wins just because it’s easier! This is it: http://www.letherbakecake.com/2009/02/cake-for-our-times.html

  19. Jamie says:

    Very cool! You look like a born chef/performer! Good for you! And I tend to avoid all those foodie trends like the plague but there is something about whoopie pies that makes me think of my childhood and I’ll bet they are the perfect snack. Gotta make them now.

  20. Jamie says:

    Oh and this has to be my favorite chocolate recipe – in fact my whole family’s favorite and it is so simple yet so elegant: a chocolate layer cake with simple chocolate buttercream

    http://lifesafeast.blogspot.com/2008/04/here-i-slip-in-recipe-for-our-favorite.html

  21. Helen T says:

    Baking with one hand, and holding the mike in the other, you truly are multi-talented! Who knew the new skills you’d have to learn! I’ve not been convinced on these either, but will give your version a go. Sounds like a great event, sorry not to have made it.

  22. Allie says:

    My favourite is from a book my hubby gave me last Christmas, and I have only made them twice as they take a bit of time…chocolate and coconut covered lamingtons – yummy!

  23. My favorite chocolate recipe… well I have two!
    My first love: a chocolate and fleur de sel caramel brownie. Heavenly.
    My other love: a blueberry jam tart topped with dark chocolate ganache on top. Laced with guilty pleasure!

  24. Well done on ur live demo! I have never made Whoopie Pies before, may have to try! My fav choc recipe has to be a good old rich, sticky choc fudge cake – I make it every year for my mum’s and my boyfriend’s birthday and everyone loves it :)

  25. Anne says:

    My favourite chocolate baking recipe at the moment is white chocolate and raspberry cupcakes. I love the chunks of white chocolate in the sponge and the grated white chcolate over the whipped cream and raspberry puree icing. I will make them until raspberries are no longer the British crop in season. Then I will turn to Nigella Lawson’s Rocky Road bars. When I hold baking sales at work they always sell out first.

  26. Chocolate flair says:

    Oooh, I haven’t made whoopie pies yet. Like you I’m a bit sceptical. It seems like a lot of cake and only a tiny bit of filling and I’m not sure I like that unless it is really really good cake. I’ll have to try these banana ones though as I do love banana cake in general!

    As for my favourite chocolate recipe…. that would have to be a chocolate cream pie, but made with chocolate pastry. Mmmmm delicious!

  27. I did pop in on Saturday, I think you’d just finished and it was all a bit manic there wasn’t it?! Doing a demonstration whilst stood up in the air at that desk holding a microphone at the same time looks terrifying but I’m sure you did a wonderful job. To be honest with all those crowds it wasn’t my kind of place and we didn’t stay long… didn’t come and introduce myself incase you didn’t realise who I was and the 3 year old was getting cranky too. Never mind I’m sure there’ll be another occasion.

    My favourite chocolate recipe is the Nigella Lawson Chocolate Orange Storecupboard cake because you can make it all in the double boiler with barely any washing up and it’s really fudgy moist how I like a cake – virtually a brownie!

  28. I keep trying to be brave and try to make some whoopie pies, but not managed it yet!

    Today has been peanut butter & chocolate chip cookies, and maybe some lemon curd cupackes!

    As for a favourite chocolate recipe?? Not techinically chocolate, but has lots of it on top, Millionaires Shortbread!!

  29. Mukti says:

    I love Chocolate cake and have had a major success with my own take of the chocolate cake in Hummingbirds book. Mine I call the Triple layer chocolate indulge!

  30. Scalett says:

    these whoopie pies look amazing!!

  31. Susie says:

    My favourite recipe is my mum’s chocolate sponge – It’s plain and simple, rich tasting without being overly sweet or sickly, but best of all, there is no way in the world it is ever going to be dry. In fact, it is the only sponge cake recipe I’ve ever made which gets better with age (at least 3 days in an airtight box, if you can leave it that long, and it’s peferct.) Normally I don’t even bother to ice it, but if I do want to make it special, I make home made chocolate mousse and layer it with fresh rasberries.

    It’s so good, mum’s making it as our wedding cake next year, with slabs of chocolate on the side and fresh fruit on top – much nicer than any fruit cake.

    • edwardkimuk says:

      Hi Susie, sorry this is a week late but you were the winner of the chocolate, if you email meyour address I’ll pop them in the post (edwardkimuk@googlemail.com)

      • Susie says:

        I only just noticed this comment can you believe.

        I assume you’ve already sent the chocolate to some more deserving, observant reader. I did just try and email you though, to apologise, and the email address doesn’t work. Was it a temporary one just for the competition?

  32. I discovered my favorite chocolate recipe on accident: I was put in charge of coming up with a kosher dessert for Passover this past year. I made caramel and chocolate covered matzah. Homemade caramel (the easier kind, without the candy thermometer, but still delicious!), dark chocolate, flash-baked so it’s crispy and the caramel is bubbly and the chocolate’s melted.
    Simply amazing.

  33. Peter says:

    It was great to meet you there! My favourite has got to be chocolate Malteser cake (:

  34. helen says:

    i have to admit there are alot of chocolate recipes out there, but one that i came across awhile back now is such a lovely treat and it is rum truffles, just enough of a treat to make your day. Absolutly divine.

  35. gina says:

    My favourite is a chocolate pudding. I have a recipe for one that is spongy on top and then when you cut into it there’s a thick hocolate sauce at the base. Yummy with cream or ice cream.
    love and hugs Gina xxx

  36. Jane Angell says:

    So many favourite chocolate recipes to choose from… Nigella’s Brownies from How to be a Domestic Goddess were nearly number 1, but I think for reliability, combined with happiness of one’s guests and fellow eaters, it will have to be that Delia classic, Squidgy Chocolate Log.

    Thanks for the encouragement to try Whoopie Pies, which have never tempted me before … is it the name?!

  37. Martin H says:

    Has to be the marsbar slice with Milk chocolate genache, so simple but amazing and so mouth watering and very sickly and yet so mourish :)

    http://www.exclusivelyfood.com.au/2006/07/mars-bar-slice-recipe.html

  38. Margaret says:

    I love to make chocolate jaffa cake, it reminds me of those all time favourites, jaffa cakes, and that can’t be bad can it?

  39. Martin H says:

    Definitley Mars Bar slices topped with Dairy Milk genache, melt in the mouth and so sickly yet so mourish :)

  40. My favourite chocolate recipe is Beetroot Chocolate Fudge Cake! Tried it once and it was divine, and I concur to try it again. The original recipe was made from here:
    http://www.channel4.com/food/recipes/healthy/cook-yourself-thin/beetroot-chocolate-fudge-cake-recipe_p_1.html

  41. Sarah says:

    favourite chocolate recipe – take one bar of chocolate, open & eat! Seriously! Either that or melt & dip strawberries in! … or my mum’s chocolate chiffon cake recipe, or chocolate brownies, or chocolate milkshakes, or chocolate chip cookies .. you get the picture! x Love chocolate! x

  42. heather says:

    Coconut macaroons dipped in dark chocolate ganache, though the cake we’ll have at our wedding — flourless chocolate — is a close second!

    *Heather*

  43. bakingaddict says:

    Great job on the demonstration. I got to try one of your whoopie pies and it was delicious. So many chocolate recipes to choose from for a self confessed choc-a-holic like me. It will be a toss up between oreo cupcakes and dark chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting.

  44. Nina Stockill says:

    Ok So I know it’s not backing but……Chocolate Chili con Carne mmmmm

    Ingredients –

    2 tablespoons oil
    2 lbs steak beef
    2 carrots chopped
    3 onions, peeled and chopped
    1 cup beef stock
    28 oz can whole tomatoes
    3 potatoes, peeled and chopped
    1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
    1 tablespoon dried oregano
    2 oz 70% dark chocolate, chopped
    2 heaped spoonfuls cocoa powder
    1 tablespoon ground cumin
    1 dried chilli pepper, seeded and chopped
    Salt to taste
    Preparation:

    Dry the beef well with paper towels and heat a big soup pot over a medium high heat. Add the oil. When it starts to smoke, add a layer of beef. Sear the beef all over.

    You might have to do this is a few batches, depending how big your pot is. When all the beef has been browned all over, put it all in the pot.

    Add the potato, carrot, and onion. Add the tomatoes, stock, chilli, cocoa powder, and spices.

    Stir well, season with salt, and bring to the boil.

    Lower the heat and simmer for an hour and a half or until the beef is tender and the broth is thick.

    Stir in the chocolate and serve hot with rice.

    (Serves 6)

  45. amylane says:

    My favourite chocolate recipe is my chocolate peanut butter brownies http://amylane.wordpress.com/2009/08/18/chocolate-peanut-butter-brownies/ – yummy! :-)

  46. dawn says:

    My favourite recipe using chocolate at the moment is a Baileys and white chocolate cupcake with white chocolate icing. Simple but soooo tasty!!

  47. Eleonora says:

    I just love chocolate ganache, rigorously made with Co-Op dark chocolate. Luscious, and fair trade.
    And, whatever you put it on, it makes it ten times better.

  48. Nickie C says:

    I really like making white chocolate truffles with orange – so easy too, basically a creme fraiche base with some melted chocolate. Yum yum!

  49. Fiona says:

    Double Chocolate Orange cookies, very very very slightly underdone so chewy

  50. I wish I’d gone now. I’m saving myself for Cupcake Camp! I love whoopie pies. They’re like inside out cupcakes. After working an 11 hour day at the office I can whip up a batch in an hour. I can’t make cupcakes unless they’re decorated perfectly!

  51. Julie says:

    Chocolate desserts in any form are acceptable (!!!) however, for me, the very best has got to be Delia’s Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding! Absolutely gorgeous and MUST eaten with double cream! Yummy!

  52. Alex says:

    My favourite has to be Chocolate Guiness Cake! Made this for the first time for my Dad’s birthday and it was beautifully dark and moist, and just generally moreish… xxx

  53. Toni says:

    What an evil question – how can i be expected to choose just ONE….ermmmm truffles are a major fave of mine, keeping it simple adding ginger for some extra spice, why mess with something so perfect!!! Although chocolate and coffee go sooo well together, my fave thing to bake is a chocolate mocha cake with coffee mascorpone for the top!!! Afew curls of good chocolate and its heaven on a plate!!

    xXx

  54. Phil says:

    My favourite chocolate recipe is for Chocolate and Cherry Cola cake, with lots of frosting! Yum!!! :-)

  55. Mark says:

    Currently enjoying picking my autumn raspberries, so my favourite chocolate recipe is Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Ganache, which by coincidence is from Divine!

  56. Ice Maiden says:

    Favourite chocolate recipe? That’s a toughy as a real choccy addict! I think I would have to go for my own secret recipe ‘Wicked Cake’ which is my families variation on tiffin without the healthy fruit bit and with more of what’s bad for you ;)

  57. NorthcoteBeers says:

    I love a really good chocolate truffle, made from 100% cacao, sugar and cream, nothing more. They’re delicious, with that melting on tongue texture that makes you go weak at the knees.

  58. Donna says:

    It’s simple but then some of the best things in life are – I love chocolate cornflake cakes with an embarrassingly high ratio of chocolate to cornflake! If I was trying to sound more sophisticated I would say my favourite chocolate recipe is chocolate orange souffle :-)

  59. Rosa says:

    Chocolate Valentino, hands down.

  60. Rachel A says:

    Without a doubt it has to be Chocolate and Raspberry Brownies baked by my liitle sis…YUM!

  61. Polly_heck says:

    My favourite chocolate recipe isn’t the most rich, the most extravagant or indulgent, but it’s really tasty, and pretty much failsafe. Also it’s one that’s survived generations – my gran used it, my mum uses it and it’s a standby for me too. It comes out of my gran’s Be-ro book, circa 1930′s and the recipe looks pretty austere, but give it a go! It makes particularly good cupcake stylee ones (or buns as we called them where I grew up!).

    Be-ro milk chocolate cake
    7oz (200g) SR flour
    8oz (225g) caster sugar
    1/2 tsp salt
    1oz (25g) cocoa powder
    4oz (100g) butter or margerine (original recipe says marg, but I use butter)
    2 medium eggs
    5 tbsp evaporated milk
    5 tbsp water
    few drops vanilla extract

    Mix flour, sugar, salt and cocoa. Rub in butter. Beat eggs with milk. Stir egg mixture, essence and liquids into the dry ingredients and beat well. Place mixture in prepared tins or bun cases and bake until, er, done.

    I like to top the buns (or cake) with a dark chocolate icing:

    100ml double cream
    2 tsp golden caster sugar
    50g dark chocolate , very finely chopped
    1.5 tbsp boiling water

    Heat the cream with the sugar to just boiling. Remove from the heat, tip in the chocolate, then stir in the boiling water. Leave to cool and thicken a little before using.

  62. Maria says:

    My favourite chocolate recipe is Delia’s chocoalte bread and butter pudding, ooh I can almost taste it now! My two favourite foods- bread and chocolate, how wonderful and warm and moorish.

  63. Ellie says:

    Any kind of chocolate macaron does it for me….

  64. Diana says:

    After chocolate brownie & Devils’s Food Cake, I think my favourite is chocolate chestnut truffle cake, something like this one http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/1999/nov/14/foodanddrink, but with the addition of cream to the truffle mix. Would love to have entered the Brownie Bakeoff, but I was already committed to making six batches for a friend and couldn’t face making any more :-)

  65. doreen says:

    Oh, it’s tough! I like chocolate so much on its own. I think there’s nothing like a good batch of brownies, but what’s really good is when the brownies are paired with something really tasty, like peanut butter or, my favourite, coconut. These Black-Bottom Coconut Bars from my favourite cellblock crafter/CEO Martha Stewart’s website are really delicious. I especially like putting chocolate chips inside the brownie base.

  66. Abi says:

    My favourite chocolate baking recipe at the moment has to be Nigella’s Chocolate Orange cake – I made it for a friend who loves Terry’s chocolate oranges and it was very well received!

  67. dot says:

    has to be delias squidgy choc log but try using chilli choc in it for a bit of a kick

  68. Misha Kaczka says:

    Damn, awesome website. I actually came across this on Bing, and I am happy I did. I will definately be coming back here more often. Wish I could add to the posts here and bring a bit more to the table, but am just absorbing as much info as I can at the moment.

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