The first time I saw the deep crimson hue of a red velvet cake I was captivated. Show your true love how much you care by presenting them with not just one, but a whole stack of Red Velvet Whoopie Pies edged with extra big heart-shaped confetti.
|2 cups all-purpose flour||1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar|
|3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder||2/3 cup buttermilk|
|3/4 teaspoon baking soda||Several drops red food coloring|
|1/2 teaspoon salt||1/3 cup large red heart-shaped confetti|
|4 tablespoons ( stick) unsalted butter, softened||1/3 cup small red, pink, and white heart-shaped confetti|
|1/4 cup vegetable oil||8 ounces cream cheese|
|1 cup sugar||1 cup powdered sugar|
|1 large egg||1 1/2 cups heavy cream|
|1 tablespoons pure vanilla extract|
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and 1/2 salt in a large bowl.
In a second large bowl, beat butter, oil, and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until thoroughly combined, about 2 minutes. Beat in egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and vinegar. Reduce mixer speed to low and mix in flour mixture and buttermilk in three alternating additions. With mixer still on low speed, beat in food coloring 1 or 2 drops at a time to produce the desired shade.
Spoon 2-tablespoon mounds of batter 2 inches apart on lined baking sheets. Bake until rounds are puffed and set, 8 to 10 minutes. Slide parchment with rounds onto wire racks to cool completely.
Beat cream cheese, salt, sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy, about 1 minute. With the mixer still running, drizzle in heavy cream. Continue beating for about 5 minutes more, until stiff peaks form. Refrigerate until ready to use, up to 3 days.
Spread about ¼ cup filling on the flat side of half of the rounds and top with the unfrosted rounds. Place sprinkles in a shallow bowl. Roll the edges of the pies in the sprinkles to coat.
Sweet and spicy! If you want your red velvet whoopie pies to taste more like they look, add a dose of cinnamon (¼ teaspoon), and if you are really brave, a touch of ground cayenne pepper (about ¹⁄8 teaspoon will do).
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