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Chocolate Viennese Whirls

Thursday 1 September 2016
When I discovered that they were baking Viennese Whirls on The Great British Bake Off this week I knew I had to give them a go. Of course I had to bake a chocolate version! Deliciously buttery and light biscuits sandwiched together with a rich dark chocolate ganache, how could I not bake them?!

I made sure my butter was very soft indeed so that the mixture was easy to pipe, and that I used a fairly big nozzle. I probably should have put the piped biscuits into the fridge for half an hour or so to ensure the piped biscuits looked more professional, but I'm not that bothered and they tasted totally scrumptious, so why faff if there's no need. I can just see the look of dismay on Paul and Mary's faces.

This batch of Chocolate Viennese Whirls cost £3.66 to make, or approximately 30p per Whirl.  Cost breakdown, exclusive of energy costs, is as follows: £1.02 butter, 25p icing sugar, 13p free range egg, 40p cocoa powder, 11p plain flour, 90p chocolate, 85p double cream.  You could serve the Whirls as plain biscuits and not sandwich them together with ganache, in which case the batch would cost £1.91 or 8p per biscuit for 24 biscuits.

Chocolate Viennese Whirls

300g very soft, but not melted, unsalted butter
1 cup icing sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 free range egg
2 1/2 cups plain flour

Chocolate Ganache
300ml double cream
400g dark chocolate, finely chopped

Beat the butter and icing sugar together until pale and flufffy, I used hand held electric beaters.  Carefully beat in the cocoa powder then the egg.  Mix in the flour by hand, using a wooden spoon, until completely combined  

Preheat your oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas Mark 4/350F.  Line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper.  Put the biscuit mixture into a large piping bag fitted with a large star nozzle.  Pipe biscuits about 2 inches in diameter onto lined baking trays, allowing a little room for the biscuits to spread.

Bake in the preheated oven for 12 - 15 minutes.  Leave to cool on the trays for at least 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the ganache
Heat the cream until almost boiling then add the chopped chocoalte.  Stir until completely combined.  Leave to cool until mixture reaches spreading consistency.  

Spread a the underside of a biscuit with a generous amount of chocolate ganache then place another biscuit on top. I managed to get 12 biscuit sandwiches from this recipe.  

I'm entering my Whirls into The Great Bloggers Bake Off, hosted by Jenny at Mummy Mishaps.

Mummy Mishaps

And also The Bake Off Bake Along co-hosted by Rhyme and Ribbons and This Particular.


  1. Oh my! These look delicious. I've never made viennese whirls before so need to give your recipe a try

  2. they look so good... i've always adored viennese whirls and chocolate ones are the best of the best!

  3. They do look rather good even though I love a traditional plain Viennese whirl with jam and butter cream probabaly my all time fav biscuit - I am more than tempted to try chocolate whirls with ganache. sound rich chocolaty and rather decadent

  4. Oh my word these do look scrumptious! were they rich to eat? i am sure even iff they were i could manage at least 2!!! yummy. thank you so much for joining in with #GBBOBloggers2016 x x

  5. They look great, so neat and tidy, the same size. I'm really impressed with your pipping.

  6. They look delicious... I think I'm going to have to try chocolate ones too

  7. I think these look really professional - your piping is great. I bet these are delicious with the chocolate ganache - a lovely twist on the traditional ones.

  8. These look so delicious, I am definitely going to have a go at making them x

  9. These look amazing. I bet they brought a fabulous chocolate hit with being sandwiched with the ganache, lovely :-)

  10. wow - they look ultra chocolatey! What a great bake. #gbbobloggers2016

  11. They look lovely, I love the idea of chocolate viennese whirls!

  12. Yum, chocolate ones! Enough said I reckon! :)

  13. Yummy I'd love one of your chocolate whirls with ganache in the middle! So,tasty

  14. Oh yummy, these look so rich and chocolatey x


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