Whoopie Pies

Persons: For 8 servings

Intro

These whoopie pies are soft and light chocolate licorice cakes, filled with a rich hazelnut and chocolate spread, chopped hazelnuts and finished with delicious Guylian Seafood chocolates. Enjoy with a mug of hot chocolate for the perfect treat on a cold fall day!

Ingredients

For the dough:
300g self-raising flour
50g cocoa powder
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
175g light soft brown sugar
1 large free-range egg
75ml vegetable oil
150ml buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla extract
75ml boiling water
For the hazelnut chocolate butter cream:
88g unsalted butter (softened)
88g icing sugar
175g hazelnut spread
175g hazelnut spread
For the Finishing Touch:
8 Guylian Sea Shell chocolates (to decorate)

Remarks

  1. For the drop cakes:

  2. Preheat the oven to 180C, line a couple of baking trays with parchment and set aside. In a large bowl, sieve the cocoa powder and self-raising flour, bicarbonate of soda, then stir in the sugar.

  3. In a separate jug, whisk the egg, oil, buttermilk and vanilla extract together, stirring into the dry ingredients. It will look dry, then add in the boiling water carefully. The mixture will magically turn to a thick, airy batter.

  4. Using a tablespoon, drop a spoonful of the batter onto the prepared baking trays. Keep them well spread out as will spread in the oven. Bake for 12 minutes or until firm to touch. Peel off the paper and transfer to a cooling rack. Cool completely.

  5. For the filling:

  6. Whisk the butter until light and creamy, slowly add the icing sugar spoonful at a time until it is all added. Whisk in the hazelnut spread until combined. Transfer to a piping bag with a star nozzle and chill for an hour to firm up.

  7. Whisk the butter until light and creamy, slowly add the icing sugar spoonful at a time until it is all added. Whisk in the hazelnut spread until combined. Transfer to a piping bag with a star nozzle and chill for an hour to firm up.

  8. For the Finishing Touch:

  9. Dab a small amount of the frosting on the top of each whoopie pie then finish with a Guylian Sea Shell chocolate.

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