Alabama football is a pretty big deal. And so are Big Al’s Whoopie Pies! With only 6 ingredients, these are a fun way to celebrate your next Alabama Tailgate.
Crimson velvet cake sandwiches filled with sweet buttercream frosting are the perfect dessert treat for Saturday in the South.
SEC Tailgate Special : The University of Alabama
Football season is our FAVORITE time of year. We love the weather, the crowds, the crazy football action, and of course, the food! This year, we created a tailgate recipe for every team in the South Eastern Conference.
Our goal: to capture the spirit of each school’s team and make a fun and delicious recipe using local flavor and flair. So we put our football differences aside, and researched every school.
If you have ever been to an SEC Tailgate, you know that food is the only thing that brings opposing fans together. (Besides the fact that we all want to beat Florida.)
If you don’t follow college football or aren’t a fan of the SEC…that’s totally ok. The SEC Tailgate recipes are still awesome for your next party. Or a Tuesday. (We won’t judge.)
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Big Al’s Whoopie Pies | Alabama Tailgate
I have to be totally honest with you all…as a Tennessee fan, this recipe was hard for me to make. The recipe itself was super easy, but putting those cute little A’s all over these crimson whoopie pies was painful.
But I ate one, dang it. And it was good.
True story: when I showed these to my daughter, her mouth dropped open. She wrinkled her nose, looked at me like I had three heads. She promptly picked one up, wiped off the A…and shoved it in her mouth.
This recipe is a must try. Easily adaptable to different flavors and using only 6 ingredients, these will be a hit at your Alabama tailgate or football viewing party.
Whip up the cake mix until rich and smooth, and spoon them onto parchment paper. Parchment paper is a must have! It keeps the batter from sticking, and makes for easy clean up. Because who has time for clean up, we have football to watch!
How big you make Big Al’s Whoopie Pies is up to you. If you are taking them to an Alabama Tailgate, you will want plenty to go around. (You might want to make a double batch.)
While they are baking (which doesn’t take very long at all) whip up a sweet batch of buttercream frosting. You know, butter and powdered sugar, the two official food groups of all things delicious.
When the crimson cakes have cooled completely, it is time to assemble. This is the fun part.
You can either decorate your tops with little “A’s” first, or at the end. Totally up to you. It was pretty easy to do using disposable pastry bags with the end snipped off.
If you mess up, no worries. Just scrape it off and try again. (Tasty mistakes, let me tell ya.)
If the icing is too thick to “flow” easily, you can warm it up by holding the end of the pastry bag in your hands for a couple of minutes.
Have an artistic eye?
Make little helmets on some of them, or football stitching. Or Nick Saban’s face.
Swirl some buttercream frosting in the middle of two cakes and that’s it. Easy, beautiful and full of Alabama Team Spirit!
- 1 box red velvet cake mix
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup water
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 2 sticks butter room temperature
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, oil and water with a hand mixer. Beat for about 3 minutes until the batter is smooth and creamy.
Using a spoon or scoop, measure even amounts of batter onto the parchment paper. Place them a couple of inches apart to allow for expansion during cooking.
Bake for 7-9 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. (Repeat the process until all of the batter has been used. Use a new sheet of parchment paper with each batch.)
While the cakes are baking, make the buttercream frosting. On high speed using a hand held mixer, cream the butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add the powdered sugar. Continue to mix for 5 minutes until smooth and fluffy.
Spoon the frosting into a decorating bag. Snip the end off, and swirl a layer of icing on the inside of a cake. Place another cake on top.
Decorate the top of each whoopie pie as desired.