Red Velvet – SF

Posted on September 13, 2011

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I have a confession to make.  I love box mixes.  Whenever they’re on sale, I stockpile yellow butter cake or fudge brownie mixes.

Let’s be honest, when it comes to instant gratification, it doesn’t get much better than:

1) open box

2) mix in eggs/butter/water

3) bake for 20 minutes or so

4) eat immediately with Strauss Creamery ice cream while watching reruns of Freaks and Geeks

So if you’re having a tough week, break out that Red Velvet box mix and self-medicate with semi-homemade whoopie pies.

Shortcut Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Makes about 14 whoopie pies.

Whoopie pies:

– 1 box of Red Velvet cake mix (I used Mam Papaul’s brand)

– 2 large eggs

– 1 stick of butter, melted

– 3/4 cup of water

Frosting:

– 1 package of Philadelphia cream cheese (8 oz)

– 1 stick of butter, softened

– 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

– pinch of salt

– 16 heaping tablespoons of powdered sugar (to taste or desired consistency)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, mix melted butter, eggs, water and cake mix until smooth.

3. Using two spoons, drop large spoonfuls of batter onto baking sheets, approximately 2 inches apart (they will spread when baking).

4. Bake for 10-12 minutes until just done (cakey but not golden or browned around the edges).  Remove with spatula and place cakes on cooling racks.

5. For frosting: cream together 1 stick of butter (softened), cream cheese, salt and vanilla (using a mixer is easier than hand-mixing).  Gradually, blend in powdered sugar until smooth.

6. Once cakes are completely cool, take two equal size cakes and place about 2 tablespoons of frosting in between the cakes to create a sandwich.  Stack in a single layer, cover tightly and refrigerate if not eaten immediately.  Enjoy with a scoop of ice cream, fresh berries or a tall glass of milk.

These were fluffy and moist and everything I could’ve wanted out of a whoopie pie.  The frosting is rich and delicious without being too heavy on the cream cheese flavor.  For fall, I’m going to try pumpkin spice whoopie pies from a box mix.  I almost can’t wait that long!

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