Sunday, August 26, 2012

Bake Along #31 - Orange Chocolate Whoopie Pies

This is the second whoopie pies I made, in conjunction with Bake Along event hosted by Zoe, Lena and Joyce

Recipe is from Sweet Pea's Kitchen - lemon whoopie pies
I used oranges instead, and I used dark chocolate ganache for the filling

I used two different method in shaping the cookies
The first picture below used baking sheet and I dropped 1 1/2 tbsp of the batter
It turned out to be flatter and wide

The second one I used muffin tray with cupcake liners, I dropped 1 tbsp for each cookie
It turned out to be fatter and smaller in size
The patterns at the sides of each cookie from the liners were obvious, and then I remembered when I did my first whoopie pies, I used muffin tray without liners, only lightly greased them, which gave me better shape cookies

A never fails me combination - orange and chocolate, yum!

What you need:
(I reduced the sugar usage, increase the orange juice a little and replaced buttermilk with plain low fat yoghurt)

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
6 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp grated orange zest
1 large egg
1 1/2 tbsp fresh orange juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup minus 1/2 tbsp plain yoghurt

Dark chocolate ganache:
enough dark chocolate buttons, melted in a double boiler with a dollop of unsalted butter
Let cool and keep in the fridge to firm up

  1. Preheat oven to 175degC. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, set aside
  3. Beat butter, sugar and orange zest on medium speed til smooth, about 3 minutes
  4. Add in egg, orange juice and vanilla extract, mix til blended, about 1 minute
  5. Reduce mixer to low speed and add half of flour mixture, mix til just combined. Mix in yoghurt. Mix in the remaining flour mixture til just combined
  6. Drop 1 1/2 tbsp of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, about 3 inches apart
  7. Bake for 15 minutes, til the tops feel firm and tester skewer comes out clean
  8. Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes, remove to cooling rack and cool completely
  9. Turn 1 cookies upside down, flat side facing up. Drop a large dollop of chocolate ganache onto the flat side of the cookie, leaving a 1/4 inch plain edge
  10. Place another cookie, flat side down, on top of the filling
  11. Press down slightly so that filling spreads to the edges of the cookie
  12. Repeat til all cookies are used. Place whoopie pies into the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up before serving. Serve cold

Below are many yummy whoopie pies baked by Bake Along friends, do check it out :)


  1. Your combination of flavors sound good too! which one is nicer, the flatter one or the thicker version! Mine's really huge and thick and taste more like cake.

    1. hi Jeannie, it is supposed to taste like a cake actually :)
      i like the flatter one :)

  2. Chocolate and orange are always a set of best partners.

    I like the flatter one better :D

    1. yes, i agree about chocolate and orange go well together :)
      i like the flatter one too :)

  3. I like the orange and choc combination. Eating it with fresh orange looks delicious! Thank you for another wonderful submission! Have a great week, Alice!

    1. thks Joyce, orange and chocolate is one of my favorite combo :)

  4. wow... this really looks good ... ;)

  5. great cookies ! yummy :) Chocolate and orange.... mmm....
    Greetings :)

  6. Yumm!! Jaffa flavour is awesome! I shall do that next time :D Great mind think alike too for picking a citrus flavour. Also good tip for using a cupcake/muffin tray.

  7. Yes, good tip about the muffin tray. Gonna try that next time ;)

  8. Hi Alice, love the chocolate and orange combination! And I love the way you decorated the Whoopie Pie, so pretty!

    1. thks Mich, tried my best to beautify my cakes cos I really bad in cake deco LOL

  9. I love the combination of orange and chocolate too... Zesty and sweet, yum~~

    I like your recipe which does not require buttermilk because it's quite hard to find it here.

    1. actually the recipe used buttermilk but i replaced with yoghurt, yvonne :)

  10. Eileen, Hundred Eighty DegreesAugust 27, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Hi Alice, very pretty!

  11. Another perfect combo , orange and chocolate ! Your pies look so pretty delicious ! Mine's so thick and huge and don't forget craggy ! lol Thanks for that muffin pan tip ! ;D

  12. It is ok for me to replace the chocolate filling with nutella? i am so lazy to try things in more simple way.

    1. hi Yan, of course! i often do that too, nutella is the perfect replacement :)

  13. Wow!
    You made making Orange Chocolate Whoopie Pies seem so simple!
    Would you join us in our food community and let us know how you worked on the Orange Chocolate Whoopie Pies perfectly ?

    1. hi Hillary, thks for the invitation, i will join definitely
      i will make time to share in the community and hope i can learn from other members too :)

  14. Looks delicious! I would love to try some. I reckon I could eat about 100 of them!

  15. hi alice, thanks for another submission and another yummy flavour! i think the ones that you baked in muffins look rather cute and kinda of bite sized whoopie pies!

  16. Great combo & what a great idea using cupcake liners! Very nice presentation with oranges! Awesome! :)



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