After sweets, films hold the second biggest place in my heart. From side-stitch comedies to tear-worthy dramas, I’m more than content curling up in bed and raiding through my Netflix. So it only makes sense that my movie loving friends and I would throw a viewing party for tonight’s Academy Awards.
And what’s a party without food?! Obviously I opted to make desserts, and thought finger food was appropriate for our “classy” affair. I whipped up some chocolate covered strawberries, but wanted another option. With a little help from Sarah Billingsley and Amy Treadwell, I created my Red Carpet (Velvet) Whoppie Pies.
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
- 1/2 brown sugar, packed
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsps. vanilla extract
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 small bottle red food coloring
- 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 4 Tbsps. unsalted butter, softened
- 3 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- In separate bowl, beat together butter, shortening, sugars on low speed. When combined, increase to medium speed and whip till fluffy.
- Add one egg at a time, mixing well after each addition.
- Add vanilla and food coloring.
- Add half of the flour mixture and 1/2 cup buttermilk to bowl, and mix on low until well combined. Add the rest of the flour mixture and buttermilk, and mix on low.
- Using a tablespoon, scoop and drop mixture onto baking sheet, leaving two inches between each drop.
- Place in oven and let bake for ten minutes, or until cake springs back after gentle press.
- Beat together cream cheese and butter until well combined.
- Add sugar and mix on low speed until well combined.
- Add vanilla and mix on medium speed until creamy and smooth.
Once the cakes have cooled, spread filling on half of the cakes. Top the filled cakes with an unfilled cake to make a sandwich. Makes 48 cakes, or 24 whoopie pies. These simple, sweet treats are perfect for a party.
NOTE: The batter is very sticky, like biscuit batter. It will be impossible to roll them into perfect shapes. If you are super anal and need perfect pies, I recommend baking in a 9-inch pan and cutting circles using cookie cutters.
Hugs and Hershey Kisses,