Simply irresistible chocolate whoopie pies filled with a fresh raspberry cream. Turn these into heart-shaped whoopie pies for a simple and tasty romantic dessert!
I love discovering new desserts. Believe it or not, I only discovered whoopie pies within the last couple of months. Sure, I've heard of them, but I never had the pleasure of trying one. They were phenomenal, but how can you go wrong with two little cakes with cream filling, right? Consider me a chocolate whoopie pie convert!
With Valentine's Day around the corner, I decided to try to make them a little festive by piping these chocolate whoopie pies into heart shapes. It took me a while, but I finally got the hang of it. I wish I took a few shots of my first batch - they were beyond ridiculous! The trick is to cut a wider hole in your pastry bag and keep the "V" shape relatively closed in. I tried to be clever and use one continuous line to make the "V" shape, but it ended up looking more like a "U" and the batter would never merge to form the heart. The best thing to do is work from the bottom up. So make the first line going from the bottom up to the left, then another line from the bottom to the right. Leave about an inch of space between the two lines.
My original idea was to do a champagne-raspberry cream filling, but I just could not get the consistency right. I decided to nix the champagne and try to figure that out another day because nothing I did seemed to work. The cream filling was still incredibly delicious sans alcohol as it was light, creamy and fruity. I may or may not have eaten the leftovers with a spoon. I usually like to use fresh ingredients, but frozen berries work well because all their beautiful juices come out when they thaw. I recommend using a mixture of both fresh and frozen so that the cream doesn't get too watered down.
These chocolate whoopie pies are best served fresh due to the raspberry cream. If you want to do some prep ahead, you can make the whoopie pies the night before and store in an airtight container.
- 2 cups (250 g) all purpose flour
- ½ cup (41 g) cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup (100 g) sugar
- ½ cup (100 g) packed light brown sugar, plus ¼ cup (50 g) for cream
- ½ cup (114 g) Greek yogurt (plain)
- ⅓ cup (79 mL) oil (I used avocado oil, but any will do)
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup (177 mL) heavy cream
- ½ cup (125 g) fresh raspberries
- ½ cup (125 g) frozen raspberries (optionally use 1 cup fresh raspberries)
- ⅓ cup (40 g) powdered sugar (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place parchment paper on baking sheets.
- Mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- Mix the white sugar plus the ½ cup (100 g) light brown sugar, yogurt, oil, eggs, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla in a bowl using an electric mixer for about 5 minutes.
- Add the flour half a cup at a time to the wet ingredients while the mixer is still on. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. Mix until smooth and creamy.
- Refrigerate the batter for about 30 minutes.
- Transfer the batter to a disposable pastry bag or large sandwich bag and cut out the corner, leaving a ½ inch hole.
- Create a "V" shape with the batter.
- Bake for about 8 - 10 minutes and let cool on a wire rack.
- Beat the heavy cream and ¼ cup (50 g) brown sugar on medium until it forms peaks. Add ½ teaspoon vanilla.
- While it is mixing, gently mash the raspberries.
- Fill another pastry bag with the raspberry cream filling and cream half the cakes. Sandwhich them with the remaining cakes.
- Finish with a sprinkling of powdered sugar on top.