Red Velvet Madness

Although the Philippines was under the colony of America for a mere 48 years, colonial mentality is prevalent here. In my case for example, I much prefer watching American TV series, American soaps operas and American made films, I just find their plot much interesting although not all the time, especially in soap operas sometimes they can be a bit cheesy to just like local soap operas here. What I find most interesting about America is their food! They have all kinds of food, though not all are healthy some are literally quite deadly but I would love to move to the United States just to be able to try their food one day at a time.
For now, I have to be satisfied with creating American sort of treats in the comforts of my kitchen. One of the American treat that I find intriguing is the Whoopie Pie, maybe because it kind of resembles Mallomars (locally known as Mallows), remember those marshmallow with biscuit based treats that’s smothered with chocolate. When I was a kid I remember saving my allowance to buy a piece for snack. I always had whoopee pie recipe as one of my should bake pile, however what gave me the pushed was when I saw the Red Velvet Whoopie Pie with a Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting, who could say no to that? I definitely couldn’t and would be absolutely crazy if I try to resist it.
Whoopie pie is a cross between a cake and a cookie. Imagine cake and cookie getting married and had a baby, you’d get whoopie pie! It’s been said that whoopie started in the 1920s, made by the Pennsylvania Amish famer’s wives from left over cake batter as a lunch treat for their husbands. Cake legend has it that when the farmers got the cake, they’d shout “whoopie!” – hence the name.
Whoopie pies are such an easy thing to whip up, you know those lazy Sunday afternoons when you want something sweet and done really fast? Whoopie pie is the answer. Just be sure that you have all the ingredients at hand. I almost ran out of AP flour, was thinking of not doing this but then I really wanted to try it and I know if I didn’t do it I would be thinking about making it for the whole week! Yeah am weird that way.  Throwing caution to the wind, I ended up using a mixture of AP flour and bread flour. Thankfully it turned out okay. Didn’t have buttermilk either but I have buttermilk powder so I use that instead around 2 teaspoon for the half a cup of milk the recipe called for. Did it make any difference? To be honest I haven’t got a faintest idea, haven’t tried this recipe using plain milk. When it isn’t broke why fix it, right?
With my current obsession with red velvet cakes, whenever I go to supermarket I always pick up a bottle or two of red food coloring. The recipe also said use 2 tablespoons of red food coloring but a bottle of mc cormick’s red color is less than that but the batter already has this wonderful red color so it seems a bit silly to open a new bottle when 1 is enough. It turn out great both in looks and in taste, I absolutely cannot fathom why it took me so long to make these! They will definitely be in my favorite pile, though that pile is growing like a weed! I need to buy another binder just to keep them all organized.


I'm a nine to five pencil pusher who loves to play with flour and paper during my free time. Dreams of going to Europe and eat croissants and make pastries all day long!

1 comment:

  1. I have yet to try to make a whoppie pie. yours looks great.