Today I’d like to share with you a recipe for chocolate Woopie Pie. Woopie Pie is really a cross between a cake and a cookie. It’s firmer than a cake but softer than a cookie. These are great for birthday parties where everyone gets their own pie to eat with their hands. They are also perfect for picnics and other outdoor festivities.
The cake is assembled with really any kind of frosting or icing and I must admit that it was not an easy choice this time – the opportunities are endless. Today I decided on a marshmallow vanilla frosting, and it’s a fairly soft type of frosting so I wouldn’t recommend it if you need to transport the cakes. In case you want to take them to a picnic, you’d be better off with a vanilla, chocolate or caramel buttercream.
- 440 gr (3 1/2 cups) flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 180 gr (1 1/2 cups) good quality cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 230 gr soft butter
- 400gr (2 cups) sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 240 ml (2 cups) buttermilk
- 2 tsp vanilla
Preheat your oven at 200°C (400°F).
Cover a pair of baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon mats.
- Mix flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl and put to the side.
- Combine butter and sugar in a stand mixer and mix for 2 – 3 minutes using the beater until the mixture is light and creamy.
- Add the eggs one at a time to the butter and sugar and mix thoroughly.
- Add the buttermilk and vanilla and continue mixing.
- Now it’s time to add the dry ingredients in a few batches. Mix until everything is thoroughly combined.
- To make the pies you put part of the dough in a piping bag or a Ziplock bag with one of the corners cut off, and start piping plum sized balls of dough onto the baking sheets.
- Bake the pies for 12 minutes. Rotate the baking sheets halfway through to make sure they bake evenly
- After 12 minutes remove the pies and let them cool on the baking sheets for about 5 minutes. Then you can move them to a cooling rack where they need to cool completely.
- Repeat until you’ve baked all of the dough.
You’ll find the marshmallow frosting recipe here, except you leave out the butter. But for those of you who love butter (I don’t blame you) and do not want to leave it out, feel free to follow the recipe to the letter or just make a simple buttercream frosting using this recipe:
- 1 cup soft butter
- 3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar (add 2 tbsp cocoa powder for a chocolate buttercream)
- 1 tsp milk (add more milk if you’d like a lighter frosting)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Cream butter and icing sugar in a stand mixer. Then add the milk and the vanilla and mix for about 3 minutes or until the cream is light and fluffy. Have a nice weekend and enjoy!