Saturday, 7 January 2012

Citruslove - Lemon Whoopie pies

January is #citruslove month! I'm excited to be co-hosting this fabulous event and I hope you will join in too. I couldn't decide what to make as I love citrus fruits and flavours. I thought about tackling macarons but I've just signed up for a macaron class so I think I'll wait till after.  It was therefore a choice between cakes, cupcakes or cookies.  I was looking through my brand new copy of Dan Lepard's Short and Sweet and when I saw the whoopie pies, the choice was made.  

I know everyone has been raving about this book.  It's the first recipe I'm trying and I have to say I'm impressed. I made whoopie pies once before and thought they were a little too 'cakey' and dense but these are really something else. It's quite light and spongy and even though I'm not a huge fan of marshmallow, I love the marshmallow filling here. I've added in quite a bit of zest and juice as I love the lemon zing. Definitely making this recipe again (Dan has provided recipes for different flavour variations) and trying other recipes from his book. The previous whoopie pie recipes I've seen use shortening but this has sour cream which I'm sure makes the sponge lighter. 

Please join in on the #citruslove fun by linking up *any citrus recipe *from the *month of January 2012*. Don't forget to link back to this post, so  that your readers know to come stop by the #citruslove event! The twitter hashtag is #citruslove. 

Here's a list of all the co-hosts for this event, please visit them if you have time and check out what they've made. 

A little bit of everything -
Astig Vegan -
Baker Street -
Big Fat Bake -
Cafe Terra Blog -
Cake Duchess -
Cakeballs, cookies and more -
Elephant Eats -
Georgieacakes -
Mis Pensamientos -
No One Likes Crumbley Cookies -
Parsley, Sage, Desserts and Line Drives -
Smart Food and Fit -
Soni's Food For Thought -
That Skinny Chick Can Bake -
The Art of Cooking Real Food -
The Wimpy Vegetarian -
Vegan Yack Attack -
You Made that? -

 adding lots of lemon zest to the batter :) 

 terrible piping! 

 making the marshmallow filling 

 oops... giant whoopie pies! 

Recipe is from Dan Lepard Short and Sweet page 201-203 


  1. WOW, They look amazing, WOW, it is my 1st time seeing how to make a whoopie pie :D LOVE IT

  2. Lemon whoppie pies! LOVE the idea! They look absolutely delicious.

  3. Yum! these look so good. I could eat one right now! x

  4. These look good, never made whoopie pies before!! Is this your new baking challenge? Will it be every month and is it always citrus???

    Good luck with the macaroons...did you sign up at C4F?

  5. I adore anything lemon... these will be on the top of the "must make" list! Drool!

  6. These looks so yummy and delicious.I'm drooling :)

  7. Oh oh oh!!! I'm so excited hehe I've never had whoopie pies before, but they're definitely getting attention in Melbourne hehe :)

    I can't wait to get back home and try this whoopie recipe and I'm sure my sister will love them too she loves citrusy things too ~

    So so so happy for you Ros :) You've finally finished WOO HOO!

  8. The glaze looks so good! I'm tempted to make a batch of just that!

  9. These look truly gorgeous! I'm a big citrus fan and haven't yet tried whoopies so they may well go on my bake list :-) have only tried one recipe from
    short and sweet so far but dying to try more, so comprehensive and love how it tells you about the science too!

  10. WHAT a great challenge, count me in as I LOVE lemon! I will be back to add my entry later.

  11. These look fab! I've never tried whoopie pies before so i'm not too sure how they should taste? Is it a cross between a cake and cookie?

  12. Yum! Whoopie pies are a total weakness for me. I must try your lemon flavored recipe!

  13. LoLY - thanks, I'm loving whoopie pies too after discovering this recipe :)

    Baker street - thanks :)

    Lucie - I had to restrain myself ;)

    Lauralovescakes - This is not the new challenge - that will be announced soon-ish I hope. This is another monthly challenge but has a different theme every month. I can send you details if you are interested in co-hosting future events? I signed up for a personalised macaron class - it was a special deal that my friend saw. Will let you know what its like.

    Georgie - Just can't go wrong with lemons :)

    Soni - thanks :)

    Daisy - Thanks for being so supportive! Sending you some virtual whoopie pies :)

    Sue - they're great, arent they? :)

    yummychunklet - the glaze was REALLY good :)

    Laura at the art of cooking real food - thanks :)

    Laura@cakeandfeminism - do give these a try. Totally loving the book!

    Caked Crusader - thanks :)

    Karen - Excellent. Cant wait to see your entry! :)

    Sylvia - Do give them a try. They taste more like a cake than a cookie but yes its supposed to be a cross between a cake and a cookie so best of both worlds :)

    Mike - thanks :)

    BigFatBaker - The lemon ones are great (better than chocolate - cant believe I said that!)

  14. These look lovely, I love citrusy flavours too. I must admit I was entirely convinced by whoopie pies either when I made them for the first time last year but I'd definitely like to try them again.

    Good luck with the macarons (although I'm sure you'll be fine!) Can't wait to hear how you get on.

  15. I never heard of this book and now really want to check it out. Nothing wrong with big whoopie cakes. These look fantastic:) Yay for #citruslove :)

  16. I've never made whoopie pies, you did a great post in detailing the process. Looks and sounds delicious!!

  17. I've never made whoopie pies, and always seen chocolate type of recipe but yours are very creative. Love the marshmallow filling too!

  18. good choice lemon whoopie pies I bet are great!

  19. What wonderful whoopie pies! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Glad to do citrus-love with you this month!

  20. I have been wanting to try my hand at whoopie pies. These sound awesome.

  21. I've never made whoppie pies before but these look great! Anything with lemon is ok in my book ;)

  22. I've never had or made whoppie pies before. This could be the time to try, thanks for the inspiration

  23. What amazing whoopie pies!!! I've only made the chocolate ones, but now need to think about branching out! So fun to join you on this citrus blog hop :)

  24. Well, there may be no sunshine out my window this morning but boy oh boy, those Lemon Whoopie Pies sure did light up my day. And, all these goodies, what a fabulous event!!!

    I'm going to share these with my Amish friend Katie. Who knows maybe she'll whip me up a batch!!!

    Thanks for sharing, Ros...

  25. These look so yummy! I'm loving the look of the mallow filling! and yours took on a really nice shape as well. For me, I can't think of baking with citrus right now - it just seems too summery! It's still all about chocolate and richness for me while it's so cold up here haha...but I have enjoyed looked at everyone's citrus goods they have made! and I will bookmark these for summer for sure!

  26. These looking lovely Roz and a lot better than the chocolate ones I made back in October from the book. Glad you're a fan, it's a brilliant book. Last month I baked loads of citrussy things, but I'm sure I can come up with something for this month too.

  27. citrus flavored whoopie pies! yummy! :) sending some #citruslove to you!

  28. Haha, I just love the name! Whoopie pie :D :D the shape reminds me a bit of macarons, but bigger - and bigger means more nom noms per bite :D

  29. I never made whoppie pies bit I love anything lemon. Love hopping with you all. Looks great!

  30. I love these whoopie pie look amazing!!!

  31. Ooh great idea making whoopie pies! I had chocolate ones but I think that lemon would lend itself so well to them! :)

  32. I always say I need to make whoopie pies, it is on my to-do list for sure:-) These sound lovely, and love the glaze! Hugs, Terra

  33. Jo - thanks. I'm a new convert to whoopie pies after this recipe. Fingers crossed for the macs! You'll definitely hear about them -success or failure! ;)

    Cake duchess - the book is great, highly recommend it! Yay for #citruslove indeed :)

    Savoringeverybite- thanks. You should give these a try :)

    Lisa - thanks! The marshmallow filling is delicious :) - thanks, they were great :)

    Cookie sleuth - thanks :)

    Elizabeth@Mango_Queen - thanks and great to join in #citruslove with you too!

    Cake - do try them :)

    Amy@elephanteats - lemon anything is definitely good :)

    Three-cookies - your welcome, do give these a try :)

    Lizzy Do - great to join in #citruslove with you too !

    Louise - I hope you and Katie enjoy these! They will definitely bring sunshine to your life :)

    Cupcake crazy gem - chocolate is good!! They do feel summery don't they? Do give them a try in the summer :)

    Choclette - I'm really pleased with how these turned out. Might have to try the chocolate ones as well to compare. Ooh can't wait to see what you come up with!

    Junia - thanks. Lots of #citruslove to you too! :)

    Charles - I still smile when I see the name :) I'm sure these are a lot easier than making macarons!!

    Shulie - thanks for joining in!

    Gloria - thanks

    Lorraine - yes these lemon ones are much better than the chocolate ones I made previously.

    Terra - thanks! Do give these a go. I'm sure you'll love it :)

  34. they look really good! I never thought about making lemon whoopie pies

  35. I've never encountered a lemon whoopie pie, but it's genius and they look fantastic! Great hosting #citruslove with you!

  36. Your Lemon Whoopie pies look soo cute! I never make one before but from what I see here, it's really tempting indeed :)

  37. beti - thanks! you should give them a try :)

    Lisa - thanks! lovely hosting #citruslove with you too :)

    lostinausten - thanks, i hope you give them a try :)

  38. those are some delcious whoopie pies.. lemony yummm!

  39. Ooooh, I've never tried whoopie pies before but these look great! I love zingy citrus too, I will have to see if I can squeeze something in before the end of Jan!

  40. Kim - look forward to seeing your citrus entry! The whoopie pies were great :)

  41. i always thought you need a woopie pie pan to make woopie pies. Thanks for breaking that myth!

  42. Roxana - Definitely don't need a whoopie pie pan to make these!


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