Whoopie pies

I made a batch of whoopie pies ages ago when they were briefly fashionable (it’s more about the macarons now, which I’m determined to master in vegan form soon!). Little S has been asking for whoopie pies for ages. I think she just heard the name and thought they sounded like they would be nice. What with everything else, I haven’t got round to making them until now. I hope they live up to her expectations…. They’ve come out quite rough and ready looking but sometimes I think that’s good. Whoopie pies are essentially a sort of soft cookie / cake sandwich with American origins – it is yet another foodstuff where there is  controversy over where exactly in America they originated. Not something I lose sleep over. They go by several other names, my favourite being the BFO, or Big Fat Oreo.

Whoopie Pies (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)


Makes about 10

1 2/3 cups plain flour
2/3 cup cocoa
1 tbsp corn flour
1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup dairy-free spread
1 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup soya yogurt (i used chocolate)
2/3 cup oat milk

– preheat the oven to 190 degrees Centigrade/gas mark 5
– lined two cookie sheets with baking parchment
– sift together the flour, cocoa, corn flour, bicarbonate and salt. Set aside.
– beat together the sugar spread and vanilla until light and fluffy
– beat in the soya yogurt.
– gradually stir in the flour mix and oat milk in alternate batches
– make sure the mix is well combined and no raw flour remains
– place tbsp amounts on the lined baking sheets (spaced well apart)
– bake for 10-12 minutes, until springy and cooked through
– cool briefly on the baking sheet before moving to a wire rack.
– sandwich together with velvety vanilla buttercream


Birthday Cakes (always a challenge with no butter and no eggs)

I’ve just downloaded masses of photos from my phone and come across a few birthday cake photos. If you have a child with a dairy/egg/nut allergy then a shop bought birthday cake is simply not an option. All their friends seem to have a pretty little Princess palace from Waitrose or a cake they’ve been admiring in the supermarket aisle. The cake seems like a big deal, so I’ve always tried my best to make an ‘oooh worthy’ cake!

Here’s a little gallery of a few dairy/egg/nut-free birthday cakes I’ve made – it might give you some ideas (and I’m pretty proud of them!!) 🙂

Fluffy Chick Cake for a 4 yr old

Cake for a budding ballerina

Tinkerbell Cake for the fairy-fanatic!

More fairies for a 5th Birthday.

Winter wonderland.

Birthday Cupcake for a family celebration