The Great British Bake Off: Ep 2, Viennese Whirls!

Viennese Whirls!! Before I even said to my family that this is what I am making next, my family were texting me, telling me I need to make them next.!

So as you no, I am doing a Bake Off series. This series consists of me baking what the contestants bake in the technical challenge. Now my blog post comes out at 5 every Wednesday and I wanted to keep doing this, so,  each week I will bake something from the previous week, if that makes sense. As new episodes of the Bake Off are Wednesday’s at 8.

Last week was cookie week and I had no idea what cookie they would be making and when they said Viennese Whirls my family got excited. Now, if I’m being honest (which I always am) I’ve never had or even heard of a Viennese Whirl!!!! Is that normal?

Anyway, that didn’t put me off making it. They looked pretty easy to make and quite tasty too. I couldn’t wait to get started.

If you want to give this recipe a go you can follow along with Mary Berry’s recipe, which I used, by clicking the link below. Or by using the recipe card that I have made.


Before I head into the adventure of how I made these cookies, I will mention that you can easily double this recipe. I’m saying this because that’s what did, because I knew that 12 cookies would not be enough for my family, they like to have more that just one!!!

I probably made it harder for my self as rather than double the recipe straight off. I made one batch, put the in the fridge, while making another batch. I then cooked the first batch and while they where cooking, the second batch were in waiting in the fridge.

Now your probably wondering why in the whole did I do that!!! Two simple reasons really! One, I have a small oven, smaller than your average size oven so I can’t cook them all at the same time. Two if you put the biscuits in the fridge before cooking it allows the biscuits to hold there shape better.

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Ok, so before you actually start making your biscuits you have to make templates on a baking sheet. I did actually consider not doing this, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to pipe a circle and they would look a mess. I used the smallest cookie cutter I had to do these, but if you don’t have that you can use something else of the same shape. It doesn’t matter!!

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When I was watching the technical challenge of the Bake Off, I say that a few of them where having trouble piping as the batter looked really thick. I didn’t want this happening to me, so when Mary’s recipe said very soft unsalted butter I made sure I did this and I was glad I did. Another good idea is to mix your butter until it’s pale, soft and fluffy. This is another way of making sure your batter is soft and easy to pipe.


Now my piping skills can very. Sometimes I can do it really good and other times it just doesn’t work out. However, that these biscuits were quite easy to pipe, simply consisting of swirling the mixture from the outside in. A quick tip: As you pipe the batter can stick to the baking paper and cause it to lift up. If that happen, dap some of the mixture around the edges to keep it stuck down.

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It only takes 13 minutes for the biscuits to cook, so it’s best to keep an eye on them so you don’t burn them. When they are cooked, you have to let the biscuits cool completely before adding the filling, otherwise things would get messy. I decided to put mine in the fridge to speed up that process.

So I am going to admit I did have a problem with the filling. Now, everything was going ok, I placed the buttercream in the fridge to firm up a little so it is easy to pipe with and thought everything was going ok. That was until I pipe on the buttercream and sandwich a biscuit on top, because the biscuits are not flat they tilt on the side and the top biscuits kept sliding. I didn’t know what I was doing wrong. So in the end I put them in the fridge and this help stop them making even more of a mess.

However, this was only a small problem, probably one I made bigger than it really is because no one else cared.

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I thought these turned out really good and they tasted amazing too. It was a good thing I made double of the recipe because it seems that my family can’t stop eating them. I can’t blame them, they are super tasty.

So there you have it. Episode 2 of my Bake Off series. I hope you are enjoy the series so far and are trying out the recipes for yourself, your missing out if you don’t!!!

If you are giving the recipes a go I would love to see your creations. You can email me at or tweet or Instagram me @amybakes94

Happy Baking!

Amy Bakes.


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Rosie says:

    I just managed to watch episode 2 today, tracking episodes down when abroad is a challenge! Viennese Whirls were one of my favourite biscuits when I was little, who can resist a glorified shortbread?! Look forward to seeing how you get on with the rest of the technical bakes!


    1. amybakes says:

      They are my whole families favourite too and now they are mine, I feel like I was the only one who’s never had one 😛 and thanks, hopefully they ain’t too hard!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Rosie says:

        Now you’ve joined the Viennese Whirl fanclub 😛

        Liked by 1 person

      2. amybakes says:

        Haha, I have indeed! I have a feeling I will be constantly making these 😛

        Liked by 1 person

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