Imagine a creature with human characteristics that is round in shape with four legs, four arms, two faces, four ears, etc. This human-like being would be a powerful creature with mighty abilities and able to undertake great feats of strength. It would have both male and female halves, thus allowing it to accomplish anything, solve complex problems with it’s great mind and show amazing compassion with it’s sensitive and solicitous heart. Such a creature would be able to conquer the world, nay even the heavens. But this could not be allowed. This type of a creature would be too powerful, and so, would have to be split into two beings, one male and one female. Which is exactly what Zeus did. He split them into two beings and condemned them to wander the earth in search of their matching half, their “Soul Mate“.
A kindred spirit and I were discussing the topic of Soul Mates just the other day. The conversation included an examination of our lives and relationships, and the time spent together that afternoon was gratifying and pleasurable. Although no specific conclusions were drawn at the end of the afternoon, we did agree with the following quote from Richard Bach, American writer, “Our soul mate is the one who makes life come to life.” Surely, Zeus would not begrudge us this joyfulness in life. And so, the wandering search continues.
In tribute to the Soul Mate, The Chocolate Muse offers the Red Velvet Whoopie Pie. Two similar halves joined together by a creamy frosting middle. The beautiful, bright red cake symbolizing love and passion. A sinfully decadent dessert befitting the interconnection of soul mates.
Baking Notes: The goddess was tempted to try a lemon mascarpone frosting, but opted to stick with the traditional cream cheese version instead. If you are tempted (and I hope you are), let me know how it turns out. Also, don’t over mix the batter, the cakes will turn out flat. The recipes I used for the cake and frosting can be found on the ‘Featured Recipe’ page. I did double the cake recipe. Yield, approximately 20 Whoopie Pies.Historical Notes: You can read the entire Soul Mate mythology as presented by Aristophanes in “The Symposium“ by Plato. There are also many other references to soul mate theories from other historical viewpoints, e.g. the Bashert. Your comments and theories are most welcome!