Whoopie pies for St Patrick’s Day

St Patrick's Day Whoopies PiesI’m not even remotely Irish, but any excuse to drink large amounts of Guinness and eat green-coloured cakes and I’m interested. Who cares about preposterous leprechaun-based stereotyping when you’ve got bright green icing? Not I. That’s why I decided to make my very first batch of Whoopie Pies, with obligatory green colouring, in celebration of St Patrick, whoever the hell he was.

St Patrick's Day Whoopie Pie

I used the basic chocolate pie recipe from the Whoopie Pies book by Sarah Billingsley and Amy Treadwell (last year’s birthday pressie from my aunt and uncle), and filled them with vanilla buttercream (coloured green, natch). It may be a tenuous link, but here’s a fantastic pic of aging Irish hellraisers Richard Harris and Peter O’Toole enjoying a sedate afternoon tea and probably trying to reminisce on a hedonistic past that neither of them can actually remember. I like to think that these green-tinged cakes would make the perfect addition to an Irish ex-boozers’ tea party. If you happen to be catering for one.¬† Cheers!

Richard Harris and Peter O'Toole taking tea

Harris and O’Toole in their hellraising prime:

Richard Harris and Peter O'Toole

6 Responses to “Whoopie pies for St Patrick’s Day”

  1. Cute; I was wondering what to do this year for St.Paddy’s day. Great idea; it’s hard to make green look edible!

  2. Four-eyed English Genius Says:

    I have now sampled some of these, but with True Blue filling and can confirm they are both delicious, very morish and very rich!

  3. Lindsey Says:

    Until last year, I had never heard of a Whoopie Pie, and now they’re a recognised cake form you can find on any high street.
    When did everyone start makin’ whoopie?!

    Not that I’m complaining…

    • Me neither – can’t believe it’s taken this long for them to travel across the pond from the US! Hummingbird Bakery does a particularly nice pumpkin whoopie pie. So far, I’ve managed not to use the “makin’ whoopie” pun on the site, but I’m not sure how much longer I can resist…

  4. […] I’m not Irish. Not even remotely. But that’s no reason not to make some garish green-tinted biscuits (or cookies, if you insist) in celebration of St Patrick’s Day on 17 March, especially when there’s Bailey’s buttercream involved (last year I made whoopie pies with bright green filling). […]

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