Friday, August 27, 2010

Sweet Potato Whoopie Pies with Maple Marshmallow Creme


This may be a tiny bit early but I figure, school's in and the weather is changing... it's time.  I've already started Autumnal baking.  This means cinnamon scents and pumpkin flavored treats are well underway.  Though I'm saving my pumpkin stash for goodies like this, I'll gladly take sweet potatoes as a very Southern stand-in. 

This was my first batch of Whoopie pies ever.  After mixing and piping the batter, the mounds looked suspect to run or spread out of shape while baking.  I was afraid my sweet potato substitution for pumpkin had failed.  I certainly didn't expect to get the perfect disks of cake that resulted. With the maple marshmallow filling,  they are like Little Debbie cakes on steroids.  Or maybe better.  They are extra soft and pillowy, and my first batch of assembled cakes were the size of Big Macs!  I scaled down the next batch by half.


With all the baking I've been doing lately for the book, there's always a bit of extra fondant or nonpareils hanging around here and there.  I decided to make jeweled flowers out of fondant and sanding sugar.  Just brush the surface of the fondant with water before you dip it in the sugar.  Glue them to the surface of the pies with a dot of icing.





Sweet Potato Whoopie Pies with Maple Marshmallow Creme        
Adapted recipe from Two Fat Cats Bakery and Bon Appetit

Yield: 20 pies                                                                                [click for printable recipe]

Cakes:                                                                                                        

3 cups all purpose flour

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

1 ½ teaspoons baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

3/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar

3/4 cup sugar

½ cup vegetable oil

3 large eggs

1 ¼ cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes
 ½ cup milk

Nonstick vegetable oil spray


Sift first 5 ingredients into large bowl. Using electric mixer, beat butter and both sugars in another large bowl until blended. Gradually beat in oil. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating to blend between additions. Beat in mashed sweet potato. Add dry ingredients in 2 additions alternately with milk in 1 addition, beating to blend between additions and occasionally scraping down sides of bowl. Cover and chill batter 1 hour.  Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a large round tip.

Arrange 1 rack in bottom third of oven and 1 rack in top third of oven; preheat to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment; spray lightly with nonstick spray.  Pipe batter onto baking sheets (about 3 tbsp. per cake) spacing apart. Let stand 10 minutes.

Bake for 10 minutes.  Rotate pans and bake for another 10 minutes. Cool cakes completely on baking sheets on rack. Using spatula, remove cakes from parchment.

Line cooled baking sheets with clean parchment; spray with nonstick spray, and repeat baking with remaining batter.

Spoon or pipe about 2 tablespoons filling on flat side of 1 cake. Top with another cake.

 Filling:

1 cup powdered sugar, sifted

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 7-ounce jar marshmallow crème

2 teaspoons maple extract


      Using electric mixer, beat sugar and butter in large bowl until fluffy, about 2 minutes.
     Add marshmallow crème and maple extract; beat until blended and smooth.


***Note:  I used fresh sweet potatoes, not canned.  Instead of boiling, I baked two medium sweet potatoes at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Very easy to peel and mash.

54 comments:

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

Beautiful!
And they sound delicious too.

Amy H. said...

OH MY WORD. I am over the moon for the pumpkin baking sessions to begin. And these is the perfect entry into that MOST specular season!

YIPPE, thanks for sharing.

Jennifurla said...

What a great idea for embellishment, please send some my way as they are just gorgeous

Megan said...

OOH yum! I'm glad you made these! Do you know I have recipes I've been dying to make since last year!? Now I feel at liberty to get my fall baking on. Pumpkin is my absolute favorite.

Heather Ozee said...

This is on my to bake list and will be perfect to take to my bible study friends!
P.S. I want your camera!!!!!!!

cookies and cups said...

Beautiful photos, as usual!
The maple filling sounds amazing ~ I wonder if you could use real maple syrup instead of the extract?

SprinkleBakes said...

I'd say you could Shelly, it may take a bit more syrup than 2 tsp. to get a good maple flavor, but I'm sure you could make up the consistency by increasing the powdered sugar. Good idea!

taylor said...

those look amazing! there's nothing better than fall baking smells--pumpkin, cinnamon, apples, yum!

NicoleD said...

Beautiful! I'm ready, but not ready for fall :)

KatS said...

Oooh, I will have to try these! I am literally making my first batch of whoopie pies *right now* (chocolate!) and mine look....horrible. I didn't think to pipe the batter onto the pans, so I have lumpy unequally-sized blobs. Oops.

Bonnie said...

oh my goodness! these look great! I love whoopie pies but have never made them. I will definately give these a try! that filling sounds to die for!

Candy Girl said...

Those look beautiful and delicious! I love the jeweled flowers.

Sue said...

Oh Heather, these look SO good(and they even have a healthy component)! I love fall and these whoopie pies scream FALL! Beautiful! I love how pretty your filling looks:) I've been in Texas for 10 days, so now to get back to baking and blogging!
P.S. I can't wait for your book to come out!

linda said...

looks very pretty!
i have never baked whoopie pies but will give these a try…
can you give us status update on your cookbook? !!

Baking Barrister said...

those are beautiful! I absolutely love fall baking so I dont blame you for starting early. Cinnamon & pumpkin should really be eaten year round.

My Green Mouth said...

They look stupendous! I love the detail with the sparkling fondant flowers, too.

Kim said...

Can you send me one?????

Mon said...

Yum Heather! In NZ we call these kisses - usually made with ginger and a vanilla creme centre. Yours look so divine and I love the orange flower on top.
Hope the book is going well?

Mika said...

They looks amazing...Usually I don't like cake with pumpkin, zucchini, potato and thinks like these, but yours seems to delicious...I can give them a chance ^_^

Paula said...

what a beautiful little autumn cookies!

oneordinaryday said...

Gorgeous shots! I love how you piped the marshmallow cream between the cookies - it looks like little marshmallows. Looking forward to more autumn baking!

Julie said...

So can we say they are a little bit healthy? I'll bet they are a whole lot delicious!

Charley C. said...

The flavor combination sounds magnificent, and the photography makes it more mouthwatering. First time to your blog and I'll be back. Adding you to my reader.

Mindy said...

What a great idea for the sweet potatoes. I'm not a fan of sweet potatoes in savory dishes, so I'm always keeping my eyes peeled for sweet ones!

Maria said...

They look absolutely adorable! I can imagine sweet potato would give these a lovely flavour!

Angela - Thrifty Homemaker said...

These look delicious and such a great fall treat.

Angela

CJ Stylish said...

Girl, you are bad! Might have to take an afternoon off to make these.

the southern hostess said...

These are the cutest and they encompass all of the best fall flavors. Yum!

Kelsey Siemens said...

These are the perfect way to start autumn off with! I'll definitely be giving this recipe a try.

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Mmmm, using sweet potato for this recipe sounds delicious. Everything you do also looks so pretty, Heather!
Best,
Gloria

Ingrid said...

They are almost to pretty to eat with the little jeweled fondant flower on top! Pump up the filling a bit and there'd be no question of not digging in! :)
~ingrid

Sherry G said...

These look incredible. And I love your pictures!

Ali Winter said...

Just curious...If I were to make these with pumpkin instead of sweet potatoe, would the measurements be the same?
Thanks!
Love EVERYTHING you make!!

SprinkleBakes said...

Hey Ali!

Yes the measurements are the same. The recipe originally called for a 15 oz. can of pumpkin. If you are roasting your own pumpkin it's 1 1/4 cups. The same. :)

Thank you!

Ali Winter said...

WOW! That was fast! Thank you, and I meant to say last time, Good luck with your book. You have a guaranteed purchase, right here!

Megan said...

I'm ready for Fall and these are the perfect treat. Love the flowers!

delishliving.com said...

My first time to your blog, and the first thing I noticed? Your photography is stunning! I too am excited about pumpkin/sweet potato/cinammon/maple and everything else that is fall-season! It's my favorite time of the year for cooking and baking.

Indie.Tea said...

It sounds and looks delicious. And the fondant flower is too beautiful for words...
You have a lovely blog :)

Heather (Heather's Dish) said...

gorgeous, as usual! i love these...so great for fall and beautiful to boot :)

Joyce said...

Hi!

I love sweet potatoes and your first batch of WHOOPPEEEE pies look beautiful! Ps congrats on your soon to be book!

Joyce

Karen @ Mignardise said...

Maple marshmallow cream! Genius!
And lucky me - I live near Two Fat Cats Bakery. I can attest to their talent and deliciousness.

Cody said...

Theses sound amazing. I actually just had my first ever sweet potato pie a few weeks ago. I can't believe I've been missing out all these years.

sabriena said...

Wow those are gorgeous. I might have to put this in my "to try" folder!

Kathryn said...

Whoopie pies really seem to be the next big trend- I keep seeing them everywhere! Do you serve them with anything in particular?

Anna said...

Yum! This is a good substitute for people who can't find canned pumpkin and are jonesing for a pumpkin whoopie pie. Now I want whoopie pies!

Pretty. Good. Food. said...

Oh my gosh, this sounds delicious!!!!

jennifer said...

ommmyyygoodness! seriously, you're my new hero. i can't believe that i JUST found your blog! now i'm going to have to go through the whole thing and bookmark lots of goodness to make! thank you sooooo much!

marla said...

Wow! Just found these via one of your other posts. Such pretty colors & my favorite flavors of the season.

Amanda said...

I just found this and I'm bummed I didn't see it this fall!! But I featured it over at Today's Top 20! I'd love if you stopped by!

Amanda
www.todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com

Brieanna said...

Oh my goodness, these look absolutely amazing!!! My mom looooves whoopie pies, but I've never seen any that incorporated sweet potatoes. I am determined to make them for her now. Love your website!

please visit me: goingbrienanas.blogspot.com

Amanda said...

yummmmmmmmmmmmmyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!

Amanda
softandstiffpeaks.blogspot.com

callmelucky said...

Such a creative way to make this treat. I've never made whoopies- and to be honest, not the best cook, but I'm def trying this reciepe out for tomorrow (thanksgiving!) Thanks so much Heather!

ps- how do you suggest making the flower decor? is it also sweet potato...or just fondant?

SprinkleBakes said...

Hi callmelucky!

The flower decor is purely fondant. It has been brushed with a damp artists' brush and dipped in sanding sugar.

You can use a mini cookie cutter to make the flowers, or fondant cutters are sold at craft stores in the cake section.

Thanks for asking!

Melissa said...

These were amazing! The frosting was my favorite part. My boyfriend doesn't like pumpkin so these were a great alternative yet perfect for fall.

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