Monday 18 March 2013

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies for Red Nose Day

Happy Belated Red Nose Day everyone! £75 million on the night is quite an achievement in this economic climate. In our office we made £315 just from selling our baked goods and some books.

If you are not from the UK, you might wonder what the heck that entire last paragraph meant. But Red Nose Day is a fundraising day, held once every two years in the UK, in aid of Comic Relief, a charity that aims to eradicate world poverty. The tagline is ‘Do Something Funny For Money’ and folk raise money by doing madcap things. At my work we were a little more restrained and had a cake and book sale (and a raffle for a lovely cake provided by a co-workers mum, won by Charmaine below).

My particular contribution this year were Red Velvet Whoopie Pies, which I made with my able assistant Disneyboi by my side. He also helped raise money in his office too. I doubled this recipe, which usually makes about 15 pies in total.

And before we get to the recipe - a HUGE well done to Jake who baked a cake for his mum's Office Bake Off Competition in aid of Comic Relief. Jake asked Cakeyboi personally for a recipe and as he is such a good baker, Jake won! Here's a picture of Jake with his winning certificate:

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Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
  • 1 egg
  • 200 grams plain flour
  • 200 grams light brown sugar
  • 115 grams unsalted butter, softened
  • 125 ml buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 145 grams cream cheese
  • 300 ml double cream
  • 115 grams granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 small bottle red food colouring
Preheat your oven to 180oC. Line a couple of cookie sheets with greaseproof paper. Sift the flour into a bowl and whisk through the cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. In a mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until slightly thickened in consistency. Add a third of the flour mix and stir until just combined. Add one half of the buttermilk, blend, one more third of flour mix, last half of buttermilk, and finish with the last third of flour. Lastly add the food colouring. Eyeball it until you get a deep red colour, you want these to pop! Scoop tablespoon amounts onto the baking sheet, spacing them out slightly as they do spread a little. I got 12 per sheet. Pop them into the oven for 8 to 10 minutes, then remove allowing them to cool completely, removing them from the paper after 5 minutes. In a mixer, beat the cream cheese until soft, add the sugar and beat until combined. Then add the cream and vanilla and beat until the filling is very thick. Pop this mix into a piping bag and pipe on to the pies, sandwiching them together. And your pies are ready!
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 15 whoopie pies


  1. Delish! Two of the best things ever combined!

  2. They look ace! Nice photography skills too,.

    1. Thank you - quite surprised myself with how well the pic turned out!!

  3. Oh will treat my family at the weekend
    ....we all love a whoopie pie....
    thanks so much for sharing and so well done on the office fund raising....
    Daisy j

    1. Thanks Daisy, hope yours turn out just as delicious!

  4. The bake sale looks great! I had one at my work too. It's amazing how generous people get when cake is involved!

    1. Blown away by the amount we raised! Cake Relief day sounds good :)


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