My love of baking is well documented on this blog. Food blogger I am not, however I love to cook sweet treats. We had a big family shindig on the weekend and I decided to take not one but two tasty desserts (I’m good like that – invite me to your next BBQ or dinner party and I won’t disappoint).
Betty Crocker Chocolate and Vanilla Whoopie Pies and Donna Hay Almond Macaron With Chocolate Filling. Hello, calorietown.
I was pretty confident with the whoopie pies, so I decided to make the macarons first since there was greater potential for error (i.e. if I screwed them, I would have time up my sleeve to make something else).
They were remarkably easy. Like, really easy. Donna Hay is a saint – the instructions were clear, it didn’t take long to prepare the mixture, and the only extra things I needed were water and some cream. Handy hint: I drew circles on the baking paper as a guide so that all my halves were roughly the same size to easily match them up into pairs.
If the macarons were easy, then the whoopie pies were no effort at all. It’s basically a packet cake mix, but instead of putting the mix in a pan, you plop it onto baking paper. Same deal – I drew circles in texta on the baking paper and then flipped it over (texta doesn’t taste so good) so they acted as a guide. This mix also requires an egg, veggie oil and some milk – all stuff I assume you have already? Maybe not, if you’re lactose intolerant.
Both of these get my seal of approval and will be pulled out again in future. Someone even told me they had recently read that whoopie pies are apparently the new macaron. Typical me, always ahead of the curve.
Donna Hay Almond Macaron with Chocolate Filling
Price: $7.99 – cheaper than a half dozen from Lindt
Betty Crocker Chocolate Whoopie Pie
Price: I think I bought it on special for $4, normally $5.55
Update: I made the Whoopie Pies again and added a layer of strawberry jam to the middle. Holy shit. Although I would say raspberry > strawberry.
*I just thought I would mention, while it might look like I have some sort of affiliation with Coles, it’s only because I live across the street from them and do all my shopping there.