Monday, November 19, 2012

Shoo-Fly Whoopie Pie

It is great to be part of the Cake Slice Bakers. This is my very first entry to this baking group of bakers as well as our very first bake from the Vintage Cakes by Julie Richardson.

To be honest, when I first learnt about the recipe they are going to bake for the month, I was like, Shoo-Fly Cake?! In my part of the world, I've never in my life heard of a Shoo-Fly Cake. Only when I googled (whoever invented internet, God bless you for that), then only I realised that it is a molasses pie that originated from the Pennsylvania Dutch who were immigrants from southwestern Germany and Switzerland and settled in Pennsylvania in the 17th and 18th centuries. Anyhow, the name 'Shoo Fly' was probably obtained as a result of the molasses that attracts flies which needed to be shooed away.

(Source: The Encyclopedia of American Food & Drink (ISBN 0-86730-784-6), by John Mariani)

Honestly, if you do a google on the different pictures of how shoofly cakes and pies look like, you would probably understand how I feel. I wasn't very enthusiastic about it, seriously.

However, since I've decided to join Cake Slice Bakers, regardless of the type of cake or bake, I feel it would be good to challenge myself to at least try - success or failure. Afterall, life can be simple or complicated, it's a matter of how we see things don't we?

To make this bake easier and more exciting for me, I've decided to bake Shoofly Whoopie Pies instead. This brilliant idea was sparked by cupcakesandotherstuff. I thought it was a good one for the main reasons that 
  • it is a shoofly cake recipe
  • I've never made a whoopie
  • it is a cake nevertheless
What a win-win situation!!

By way of introduction, whoopies are otherwise known as Big Fat Oreo which consists of two round mound-shaped pieces of chocolate cake with a sweet creamy filling sandwiched between them. 

Without further ado, let's bring on the Shoo-Fly cake recipe from Julie Richardson:

Cake ingredients:

1 cup sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup blackstrap molasses
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup warm coffee 

Crumb topping:

1/3 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into small cubes

My alterations:

  • halved the whole recipe above as I wasn't sure if anyone is keen to eat it with me :(
  • instead of cake, I made whoopie pies
  • didn't put warm coffee as I didn't have any and I'm not prepared to use unhealthy 3-in-1 coffee which is the only coffee that I have
  • totally didn't use crumb topping as I couldn't have survived all the sugar from the cake plus the sugar in the crumb topping (you might have figured out that sugar is fine with me but excessive is totally no-no)
My alterated cake ingredients (what I used exactly):

56g sugar
85g unsalted butter,melted
75g molasses
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 egg
156g all purpose flour
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

Obviously, my Shoofly cake batter looks weird from the above picture because I forgot to take a picture before it went into the refrigerator to freeze @@ oh wellz.

And there is my whoopie pie getting ready to be baked or to get a good ol' suntan ;)

As it's a weekday after work, I've decided to use vanilla n cashew nut ice cream as my filling as a quickie Shoofly whoopie pie which does fit into the Shoofly cake's theme of a hasty cake :):) 

I was in a haste to see how my shoofly whoopie pie would turn out that I piled on the ice cream when the ice cream is not totally frozen so hence the almost dripping ice-cream @@ 

Note to myself: according to hummingbirdbakery, my cracked whoopie pie probably just needs to be more uniform and more practice. More whoopie pies anyone?

I promise next bake, I'll do better. For now, this has got to do. However, do check out my fellow bakers here.

Mr G's verdict is it tastes nice with ice cream but the aftertaste of the spices and molasses don't go well with him :( As for me, I've tasted it and find it ok but I doubt I'll re-bake this anytime soon.

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Paloma said...

Good job! I am sorry you didn't enjoy it... we loved it here... Do you have your book already? the cake batter was very thin from the book but the texture of the cake was wonderful! :) Thanks for linking up! ;) Hopefully you'll enjoy our Next Cake better!

Unknown said...

yeah Paloma, I guess it's a matter of preferences in tastes :) Afterall, one man's meat can be one man's poison.

Yes, I've gotten my book already :)

Hahaha I'm already thinking that I'll love our future bakes better too :D

ImWhisper said...

Love the idea of making whoopie ice cream pies with it!

Emily said...

Great that you made this combo!

Please Do Not Feed The Animals. said...

Oh - that is fab! I think your idea to do whoopie pies is inspired. I found the cake rather dull so I wish I had livened it up a bit like you did.

Joy said...

Grace, I love that you continued on, even though you weren't very excited about it...because look how whoopie-tastic it turned out! ;) That melting ice cream picture looks soooo yummy!

Cucina49 said...

I think this is a great variation on the recipe. These pies look so fun!

LinsFood said...

Fantastic interpretation! I'm in your corner, we didn't think much of it either but that's half the fun - finding out!

Anne@FromMySweetHeart said...

What a great variation. Your shoo fly whoopie pies look great! : )

Katie said...

Great idea! Shoo-Fly pies sound amazing. Much better than cake. Welcome to the group :)

Unknown said...

I love the idea of turning it into a whoopsie pie. I've never thought about doing that.

Great job on your first cake. :)

Stacie said...

Great variation of the cake, so clever!

lena said...

pretty interesting to know how this cake got its name. i heard it before but didnt know what is it really and you've turned converted them into whoopie pies! anything with ice cream should taste good, no? hehe..

Hello said...

I like how your shoofly/ whoopie cake. I also felt a bit weary about making this cake, but glad I did. I'm also a newbie to the group, looking forward to our bake next month :-) x

Zoe said...

Hi Grace,

Totally agree that Shoo-Fly is definitely an unique name for cake. So sorry that your whoopie pie version is not so ideal. Maybe baking it into cupcakes may be good.


Unknown said...

Thank you everyone for your lovely compliments :)

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OvenDelights said...

I could have sworn I commented on your post previously! For some reason I do not know I was able to make a comment on your post with word verification. My husband did something to the computer the other day, maybe he fixed the problem! Yay!
Any who.....Love the whoopie pie idea!

Baking Addict said...

I've never heard of a Shoo-Fly cake. Great job turning it into a whoopie pie and using ice cream. Thanks for entering AlphaBakes.

All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

I love that you made this recipe into whoopie pies - very creative. I have to agree with you though that this was not my favorite either.