Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Let's make whoopie
A whoopie pie, of course. You must have just read Kristen's most recent post, too.
I was looking back at the pics I took yesterday while making my cake and realized that the pre-iced dessert resembled a whoopie pie.
According to What's Cooking America, "A whoopie pie is like a sandwich, but made with two soft cookies with a fluffy white filling. Traditional whoopie pies are made with vegetable shortening, not butter. The original and most commonly made whoopie pie is chocolate. But cooks like to experiment, and today pumpkin whoopie pies are a seasonal variation."
Well, this "uncook" likes to experiment, too. My cake, which happens to look like a whoopie pie, may be chocolate, but it doesn't contain butter or shortening. The cake itself is made of almonds, walnuts, dates, prunes, cocoa powder, vanilla, sea salt, cinnamon and cayenne (I need to spice things up a bit, it is a "whoopie" pie ... sort of).
The fluffy white filling in the middle was the whipped cream frosting leftover from my gingerbread house (still no sign of butter or shortening). It was a blend of raw cashews, coconut milk (2 parts water to 1 part coconut), agave, vanilla, sea salt, raw coconut butter, raw cocoa butter (I adore this stuff) and lecithin.
I also sprinkled in some dried cherries as a surprise in the center (I like surprises). I even added some to the top after I took this finished cake photo (it looks like a Friendly's ice cream cake), which does have raw cacao nibs on it (chocolate really does make the heart grow fonder).
I guess I can make smaller versions of this naked (I meant to say, non-iced) cake in the future to eat like the original whoopie pie. It would make a great snack on the go.