Whoppie what? Whoppie pies are small round cakes with a slightly chewy texture, and they are usually two flatish halves sandwiched together with a creamy filling. I suppose it is sort of like a cupcake but with the messy bit in the middle, so whoppie pies makes sense to me. Why the name – no idea – maybe because we shout “whoopie” when someone produces a plate of these cakes?
Traditionally they are chocolate cakes with cream, but since when am I traditional?! I decided to try and make some ginger and lime whoppie pies as a special treat for the grown ups. We had visitors coming and it was mid way between our birthdays so of course we needed cake. Any excuse will do in this household. The only downside of this plan, was that the kids liked them too!
Ginger and Lime Whoppie Pies
125g butter, softened
150g brown sugar
40g desiccated coconut
185g plain flour
35g self raising flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
Lime Buttercream Ingredients
100g butter, softened
1 teaspoon finely grated lime rind
160g icing sugar
*If you don’t have buttermilk you can simply add 2 teaspoons of a vinegar (apple cider, white or rice) or lemon juice to 160ml regular milk and let sit for 5 or so minutes to thicken a little.
- Preheat your oven to 180C (fan forced) and line your baking trays with baking paper.
- Beat your butter, sugar and egg until light and fluffy.
- Stir in buttermilk, coconut, sifted flours, baking soda, ginger and cloves.
- Spoon tablespoons of the mixture onto trays, keeping each blob about 5cm apart. Tap the trays lightly on the bench to spread the mixture just a bit.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Cool on trays before icing.
- To make your lime buttercream, beat the butter until white as possible. Add in the lime rind and sifted icing sugar and beat until smooth.
- Sandwich the buttercream between two pies. Gobble or nibble daintily.
Why are they called Whoppie Pies?
Do you try and bake treats just for the adults?