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The Whoopie Pie Book: 60 Irresistible Recipes for Cake Sandwiches Classic and New [Paperback]

Claire Ptak


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  • Paperback: 145 pages
  • Publisher: Experiment; Reprint edition (11 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615190392
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615190393
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 16.5 x 22.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,385,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Originally from California, Claire Ptak worked as a pastry cook and later pastry chef for Alice Waters at Chez Panisse in Berkeley before moving to London with her husband where she started Violet which has been selling cakes at Broadway Market since late 2005. In 2010 Claire opened Violet Cakeshop in East London.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Whoopie Pie Book 22 Feb 2012
By M. Hill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Compared to my other Whoopie Pie cookbook, this one is user friendly -- at least for the first section of the book. A recipe for the cake is on one page and the suggested filling recipe follows on the next. Of course the user is free to mix-up cakes and fillings but it is nice to have the basics follow in sequential order rather than chapters filled with nothing but cakes and some filled with nothing but fillings so the user must jump from one section to the next.

The book is a paperback so it doesn't lay open flat on the countertop. The use of a cookbook holder might be helpful. The ink color for the recipes and instructions is mercifully, black, so even with the small font size it is relatively easy to read. The paper quality is good and promptly wiped-up spills did not sink in and cause permanent damage. There is a solid index in the back so locating a particular recipe is easy. The measurements are given in grams and ounces. The majority of necessary ingredients are readily available in grocery stores, but golden syrup will require a search.

I made the Carrot Cake Whoopie pie along with the recommended Orange Mascarpone Cream filling. The combination was excellent and I won't hesitate to prepare it again, although I plan to try other varieties.

Recipes included in the Simple and Sweet section of the book are Chocolate with Fluffy Marshmallow filling, Mocha-Orange with Espresso cream filling, Pumpkin with Cream Cheese filling, Strawberry with Strawberry buttercream, Chocolate Chip with Chocolate Marshmallow cream, Carrot Cake with Orange Mascarpone cream, Lemon Cream with Lemon Curd cream, Red Velvet with Old Fashioned buttercream and Salty Caramel with Caramel Swiss buttercream.

Moving into the next few sections of the book the organization starts to drift a bit between icings, glazes, whoopie pie cakes, fillings and buttercreams. Recipes include, Teacake Whoopie, Chocolate icing, Kirsch Swiss buttercream, Rose-Pistachio Whoopie, Rosewater icing, Plain icing, Vanilla Swiss buttercream, Walnut Whip Whoopie, Meringue Whoopie, Chestnut cream, Coconut Cream Whoopie, Coconut Swiss buttercream, Coconut glaze, Raspberry and Nectarine Whoopie, Vanilla Bean cream, Raspberry Sauce, Blackberry Whoopie, Blackberry cream, Blackberry-Geranium sauce, Rhubarb & Custard Whoopie, Roasted Rhubarb, Banana Cream Whoopie, Chocolate Sauce and Shavings, Salty Caramel Sauce and Vanilla Custard Cream.

Recipes for Frozen and Chilled Whoopies where ice cream is used or an accompanying noted filling include, Oatmeal Cookie Whoopie (use vanilla ice cream,) Key Lime Whoopie, frozen Key Lime cream, Chocolate Mint Whoopie and frozen Mint Chip cream. Holiday treats include Christmas Cake Whoopie, Brown Sugar Spice buttercream, Spooky Halloween Whoopie, Easter Egg Whoopie and Multicolored Buttercreams.

Completely puzzling, at this point the book abandons its subject -- Whoopie Pies --and includes recipes for S'mores (yes, basic graham cracker, chocolate bar and toasted marshmallow s'mores,) Peanut Butter sandwich cookies with peanut butter filling, Easy Chocolate Macaroons, Chocolate-Caramel Ganache, Prize Peach Cobbler, Butterscotch Blondies and finally a Brownie Sundae.

The book's organization is a bit confusing and decisions like the inclusions in the last chapter simply strange, but the recipe I prepared was delicious and I look forward to trying more.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My best whoopie book yet! 14 Jan 2012
By T. Fagan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have a handful of whoopie pie recipe books and I am certain this one will be my absolute favorite. I just got it and haven't actually started baking yet - part of the problem there is I want to make pretty much every recipe in the book!! Seriously... There is a great photo for every recipe. Instructions are broken down into steps and easy to read. Each recipe tells you how many large and mini whoopies it will make - LOVE that because I make both. I am a graphic designer and a baker - I give this book a complete thumbs up all around. Check out the "table of contents" on the "look inside" option to see all the great recipes!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Whoopie Pie book .. 20 Oct 2012
By Aussiegal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've bought a few and borrowed quite a few whoopie pie books from the library but I keep coming back to this one to being the best. Basic recipes in the beginning and I love all the different frosting recipes it contains. Every recipe has a photograph including the frosting recipes. I think it's one of the best books currently available on whoopies!!.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful on the iPad 15 Mar 2012
By DaisyJo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I borrowed this book from the library and made a few of the recipes before I committed to buying. I've made three of the recipes and have been pleased with the results of all three - lots of compliments from the kids and my coworkers. Most of the ingredients are commonplace, and the author does give alternatives in the few recipes with hard-to-find ingredients. I'm looking forward to making the oatmeal/ice cream combo. I made the chocolate cookie and paired it with the peanut butter filling - super good! Today I purchased the Kindle version for use on my iPad, and it's beautifully done; the print size is perfect.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Ingredients 20 April 2012
By April Fear - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This isn't an 'open a cake mix and doctor it up' cookbook. The lemon pies with lemon cream were wonderful! We also loved the chocolate pies with marshmallow filling. The Golden Syrup used in the marshmallow filling is very easy to make yourself, just google it, it's just sugar, water and lemon juice cooked down. These are the best Whoopie Pies we have ever tasted!
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