I was in a baking mood today, and had an urge to bake up something boozy. After looking in my liquor cabinet, I found that I had a bottle of Kahlua and a bottle of Grand Marnier. I thought the chocolate and orange flavors would compliment each other well, and after mulling over some ideas for a while, I landed on these Kahlua Whoopie Pies with Grand Marnier Infused Filling.
Whoopie pies are a staple here in Maine, but this is actually the first time I have ever made them myself! I think they turned out pretty great. The cake part is a little bit firm on the outside and soft in the middle, and the filling is light and airy, with just a hint of orange flavor from the Grand Marnier.
The combination of these two flavors does work really well, and these whoopie pies just sort of melt in your mouth. Yum!
Adapted from The Galley Gourmet
Preheat the oven to 375º F. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon Grand Marnier
1 cup confectioners’ sugar or glazing sugar
2 tablespoons milk
Cream the shortening until fluffy. Beat in the salt and Grand Marnier. Add the confectioners’ sugar, milk, and beat well.
Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. Adjust the consistency of the frosting as needed by adding more confectioners’ sugar or milk. If you’re not going to use the frosting right away, keep it at room temperature, covered, to prevent it from developing a dry crust.
Fill your cakes, and enjoy!