This Red Velvet Whoopie Pie Recipe is THE BEST! You will definitely want these for your Valentine’s Day party!
Every year, my family would take a road trip to the east coast. We would change things up by going to different spots, like Myrtle Beach, New Orleans and even Disney World, but the destination was always Hershey, PA where my great-aunt lives. The main reason we love Pennsylvania is my family, obviously, but the next reason is the food! Amish country is close by and their home cooked restaurants and their bakeries are simply amazing!
We always stop at Bird-in-Hand Bakery is Bird-in-Hand. Yep, they also have really weird town names. You’re probably familiar with another one, but this is a family-friendly blog…so anyways…this bakery makes the BEST red velvet whoopie pies. They are so soft, filled with gobs of delicious frosting and they’re gigantic. And yes, I can eat a whole one, multiple times a day because we HAVE to so they won’t go bad. I’m doing everyone a service.
My mom couldn’t ever recreate them in New Mexico because of the altitude. If you’re in high altitude, cake needs a little more flour so it’s not quite as soft. I live in Arizona, so I got pretty darn close with our family Red Velvet recipe. The secret is to let them cool, then put them in foil (not one on top of the other, or they will stick together). Leave them over-night and then add the frosting the next day. I discovered this by accident…because if you read my blog, you know I’m no baking genius. This made them really soft…that perfect texture that Bird-in-Hand Bakery pulls off.
For the heart shape, you’ll need this Heart Whoopie Pie Pan. It worked like a charm! If you want round whoopie pies, get this Whoopie Pie Pan. I used the heart pan for my Queen of Hearts Party and they were just perfect. If you haven’t seen the party yet, you need to check it out!
Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
- 1/2 c. shortening
- 1 1/2 c. sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. butter flavoring
- 1 oz. red food coloring
- 3 Tbs. cocoa powder
- 2 1/2 c. cake flour
- 1 c. buttermilk
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 Tbs. vinegar
- 1 tsp. baking soda
For the Frosting
- 3 Tbs. flour
- 1/2 tsp. slat
- 1 c. milk
- 1 c. shortening
- 3 tsp. vanilla
- 1/4 tsp. butter flavoring
- 2 c. sugar
For the cake batter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cream sugar, shortening, eggs and flavoring in a stand mixer.
- In a small bowl, make a paste of the cocoa and red food coloring, then add to stand mixer.
- Alternately add flour and buttermilk to the mixture.
- Mix soda and vinegar in a small bowl, then add to batter. Blend well.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, then let cool.
For the Frosting
- Microwave milk, flour and salt until thick. Make sure you whisk every 30 seconds or so, then let cool.
- Cream shortening and sugar for about 10 minutes.
- Add in milk mixture and flavorings, then mix until blended and frosting is light and fluffy.
You may be wondering…where is the cream cheese frosting? Don’t ever wonder that again, because this frosting was MEANT to be on Red Velvet cake! Hope you enjoy! What is your favorite Valentine Treat?
If you want to get some free printables to go with this party, check out my post on Printable Crush!
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