Whoopie!!! It’s time again, for Baked Sunday Mornings!!!
Every other Sunday a great group of bakers dedicate themselves to baking from a wonderful book, Baked Explorations by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito. It’s a fabulous book by the owners of Baked in NYC. Many thanks to Sheri at Pork Cracklins and Bourbonnatrix of Bourbonnatrix Bakes for their wonderful efforts in leading Baked Sunday Mornings! Though I came in late to this group, I’ve enjoyed getting to know my fellow bakers as we eventually bake our way through this entire book!
This Sunday, just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’re making whoopie! Pies that is! I love whoopie pies for the same reason that I love macarons and cupcakes. You can play with the flavors of the cakes and fillings to suit any season or special occasion. Here’s what I did with mine…
These were decent. The authors of this book take classics and put an updated twist on them. I’m not sure if I thought the cakes weren’t chocolatey enough or if I thought the sophisticated Swiss buttercream was a little too light for these ‘clunky’, casual cakes. I did enjoy them. But I felt the need to add a twist of my own!
I used a pastry brush and brushed a little Chambord liqueur on the cakes before adding the buttercream. And while I kept half of the buttercream white and vanilla, I added a few tablespoons of the Chambord to the rest with a bit of pink food coloring. And then I dressed them up a bit for Valentine’s Day! Also, while the book states that you should set your egg whites and sugar over a pan of simmering water until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is milky white, I found that the mixture was already milky white from whisking the sugar and egg whites together. So I follow my own rule when making Swiss buttercream, of bringing this mixture to a temperature of 160°F, and then whisking them with an electric mixer until it comes to room temperature before adding the other ingredients.
Take a bite…..
Aren’t they good? I’m giving this recipe 3 whisks. There are many books dedicated to the topic of whoopie pies. But for this particular recipe, head on over to Baked Sunday Mornings. And put your own funky twist on this classic dessert! And enjoy!