Whoopie Pies: Here, There and Everywhere

Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Cookie Dough/ Marshmallow Fluff Filling
Chocolate Whoopie Pie with Cookie Dough/Marshmallow Fluff Filling

I love a good Whoopie Pie. My sister-in-law’s husband’s sister (got that?) gave me a Whoopie Pie pan a few Christmases ago and it’s been a pretty amazing tool. It ensures that all my cookies turn out the same size and I don’t have to fiddle with tablespoon measures trying to figure it out.

The recipe for these Whoopie Pies came from (of course) “The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook”. This may be the first cookbook that I bake my way through. I think I’ve done about half the recipes at this point. I would like to point out that the author states that the recipe will make 20-24 whoopie pies, but she obviously was not using the pan I used, as I was only about to get nine-and-a-half out of the recipe. No worries, I had enough ingredients on hand to double the recipe and ended up with 20.

If these whoopie pies look tasty to you, you can try the Neapolitan Whoopie Pies I will be baking next Wednesday, June 12th for the Largehearted Lit event at Word Bookstore in Greenpoint. This event will feature the debut novels of two authors: Alina Simone, whose first novel “Note to Self” was released on Tuesday, and Julie Karkissian, whose novel “Dear Lucy” was published in April.

I’m excited to give these Neapolitan Whoopie Pies a try, as I’ll be going off book. I recently attempted a Black and White Cookie version and it was okay, but I’m eager to apply the same principles (and a fresh strawberry filling!) to this new recipe! I hope to post the recipe next week!

Carrot-Ginger Cupcakes

Carrot Cake Cupcake

Last week I had another Largehearted Lit event at Word bookstore in Greenpoint. It had been awhile since I made Carrot Cake Cupcakes, so I busted out my trusty copy of “Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook” and whipped up a batch of her Carrot-Ginger Cupcakes.

This is hands down my favorite Carrot Cake recipe. I omit the raisins (I am of the opinion that raisins do not belong in cupcakes), and what’s left is just fantastic.

Carrot Cake Cupcake

I attempted to make a pretty orange and white swirled frosting, but I realized too late that I had run out of large piping bags. When I do swirls, I fill up two small piping bags with different colored frosting and then insert both of them in a much larger piping bag to create a dual piping bag of sorts. I shuffled through the mountain of piping bags I have only to discover that I was out of the large ones. So I tried to wing it and just put the two frostings in a small bag, but it didn’t *quite* work. Ah well. Lessons learned.

I’ll be back at Word on May 22nd for another Largehearted Lit event. My plan is to make Vegan Root Beer Float Cupcakes and non-vegan Creamsicle Cupcakes. Stop on by!

Baking Round-up!

Whoa, it’s been a while! I’ve been doing lots of baking lately and not enough updating, so here’s a quick and dirty round-up of some of the things I’ve made recently.

Cupcakes for Largehearted Lit

Pink Beauty (Vegan Pink Lemonade) and Brooklyn Blackout Cupcakes for a Largehearted Lit event at Word bookstore.

Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow Frosting

Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow Frosting for another Largehearted Lit event.

Vegan Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Frosting

Vegan Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Frosting for the same Largehearted Lit event.

And, of course, Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving!

Pumpkin Pie

This is, in my opinion, the BEST pumpkin pie recipe. It’s from the “Cooks Illustrated” people. There’s a whole article about it here which includes the recipe. It comes out so creamy and perfect and I wish I had more of it to eat right this second.

Pumpkin Pie

The Vegan Pumpkin cupcakes also made another appearance so my sister-in-law could have a Thanksgiving dessert.

Pumpkin Pie and Vegan Pumpkin Cupcake with Cinnamon Frosting

Upcoming Events Where You Can Find My Baked Goods

Hi everyone!
The Brooklyn Baker is at it again. This coming week, I’ll be baking for two (count ‘em, two!) literary events at Word bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Tuesday night, you can find my Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow Frosting and Vegan Pumpkin Cupcakes with Vanilla ‘Butter’cream Frosting at a Largehearted Lit event featuring authors Nathan Larson and Joshua Cody. Wednesday night, you can sample Blueberry Scones and Lemon Scones for the book release party for Leanna Hieber and her new book “Darker Still”. Leanna is bringing Earl Grey tea to go with the scones!

Both events are free and open to the public! For more information, check out the Word events page at the link above.

Doukhobor Baked Goods at Largehearted Lit

As you might remember, a couple of weeks ago I posted about my friend Alina Simone releasing both a book and an album at the same time. Another friend, David over at Largehearted Boy, hosts a monthly event at Word bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. For June’s event, he welcomed Alina Simone as well as Wesley Stace and a special performance by Amanda Palmer.

You may also remember that Alina asked me to provide refreshments for the event, in the form of Doukhobor baked goods. I selected two items from her Doukhobor cookbook and crossed my fingers. Rob and I went over to Alina’s apartment (she has a bigger kitchen than I do) and about five hours later I had created Apple, Raspberry and Apple/Raspberry Fruit Tart Pastries as well as Orange Cookies. They got good reviews from Alina and Rob and on the night of the event, there were only four Apple tarts left out of the three dozen tarts and three dozen cookies. I would say they were a hit!

It was actually pretty cool hearing Wesley Stace (AKA John Wesley Harding) tell me that my Raspberry Tarts were delicious. Yay!

Some photos of the baked goods and the event:

Doukhobor Baked Goods
Doukhobor Baked Goods

Doukhobor Orange Cookies
Orange Cookies

Doukhobor Fruit Tart Pastries
Fruit Tart Pastries

Largehearted Boy
David from Largehearted Boy

Alina Simone
Alina Simone

Alina Simone
Alina Simone

Wes Stace
Wesley Stace

Amanda Palmer
Amanda Palmer

As a side note, because we drove Alina to the event in our car, we ended up driving Alina, Amanda Palmer and Eugene Mirman home, as we all live in South Slope. It was one of the more surreal nights I’ve had in New York.

As a second side note, this post definitely wins for most links embedded in a post.