Kirby Whoopie Pies

Hello All! I am back after a forced hibernation of sorts (uni assignments), and ready to share more of my geeky baking/cooking experiments with you all.

Apparently there is a fashion when it comes to baked goods. Everyone remembers the cupcake craze a few years back, and last year it was all about the macaron. The latest craze taking over the blogosphere is apparently the whoopie pie. An Amish creation, it is a cross between a cookie and a cake, with either a marshmallow or buttercream frosting sandwiched between each half.

Reading about the traditional marshmallow frosting got me thinking about the Nintendo character Kirby for some reason. According to Wikipedia, Kirby is a living pink marshmallow and it was the marshmallow reference that made me wonder whether I could make a Kirby themed whoopie pie with soft and fluffy marshmallow innards.

Well I was pretty pleased with how these turned out. The whoopies pie itself is a s’more whoopie pie with both marshmallow frosting and chocolate ganache sandwiched between the halves.

Kirby Whoopie Pies

Adapted from “Whoopies” by the Murdoch Books test kitchen

For the pies:

125g softened unsalted butter

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

2 cups wholemeal flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1/2 cup of milk

1) preheat oven to 180 degrees and line 3 baking trays with baking paper

2) using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar in a medium bowl until pale and creamy. add egg and vanilla and beat well.

3) in a separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda together. turn the mixer down to low speed and alternately add the flour mixture and the milk. continue beating on low speed for 2 minutes until combined.

4) using a piping bag fitted with a 2cm plain nozzle, pipe 5cm rounds of mixture onto the trays, leaving room for spreading. bake for 12 minutes or until light golden and firm to touch.

5) cool on trays for 2 mins, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Ganache:

250g dark or milk eating chocolate, chopped

1/3 cup of pouring cream

1) place chopped chocolate and cream in a microwave safe bowl. Set microwave to medium high and microwave for 1 1/2 mins. Stir to ensure all chocolate is melted and cool to room temperature until a spreadable consistency is achieved.

marshmallow frosting:

1 tablespoon liquid glucose

1/3 cup boiling water

1 1/2 cups caster sugar

2 egg whites

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

1 1/2 cups pink marshmallows, chopped

few drops of pink food colouring

1) 1/2 fill a large saucepan with water, bring to a simmer over medium heat

2) place glucose and boiling water in a heatproof bowl that will fit snugly into the saucepan without touching the water. Wait until the glucose softens and stir to combine well.

3) add sugar, vanilla, egg whites and cream of tartar and mix well using a balloon whisk.

4) place bowl in saucepan over simmering water. using a hand held electric mixer, beat mixture for 8 minutes or until very thick, white and glossy. add marshmallows and continue beating until marshmallows have melted. Add food colouring and combine.

5) remove bowl from saucepan and continue beating until mixture has cooled slightly

To decorate:

I used pink glace icing and ready made icing pens to draw Kirby’s face onto the pies.

To assemble:

Match up similar sized pie halves. on one side, spread the warmed marshmallow frosting. on the other half spread ganache. wait a bit until the marshmallow frosting is firm but not set. Gently sandwich the 2 halves together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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