Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Strawberry Milk Whoopie Pies


This week I'm hoping to finally finish up my book manuscript.  It's been almost a year and 75 pounds of sugar, but I think I'm finally there.  It has taken longer than expected, but I've never wanted anything to be so perfect.  In truth, I don't think it could ever be perfect enough.

With that said, I hope you'll forgive this short post.  Even with all the details I have to hem up, I could not let this week pass without sharing a recipe that I've recently developed and have fallen head over heels for.

Strawberry milk - I love you.  

I re-wrote this recipe no less than 10 times before getting it right.  With each fail, I came closer and closer to letting my strawberry milk whoopie pie dream slip away.  But with each fail I learned something new.  Perseverance does pay off,  friends.  Batch #10 (ok, 11) produced the softest, most delicious little strawberry sandwich cakes you can find.

Make them, and be joyful.
May cause spontaneous bursts of happiness and confetti throwing.
I'm just speaking from experience.

8/17/11 Edit: The strawberry milk powder content was changed from 1 cup to 3/4 cup.  The pie shells are softer and fluffier with slightly less milk powder.

Strawberry Milk Whoopie Pies               [ printable version ]



Yield: 30-40 whoopie pie shells

Make the shells:                                        
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
8 tbsp. white vegetable shortening
3/4 cup powdered strawberry milk mix - such as Nesquick brand.
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 whole egg
1 egg white
1 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp white vinegar

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper

3. In a bowl whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder, set aside.

4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, combine vegetable shortening, strawberry milk powder and brown sugar.  Mix until crumbly.

5. Add the egg and egg white, to the mixture and beat well, then add the heavy cream; mix until smooth.

6. In a small condiment cup, combine milk, baking soda and vinegar. Stir well, mixture will foam.

7. Pour baking soda mixture into the batter first and then pour flour mixture in on top.  Mix on low speed until thick and combined.  Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl and mix again until well combined.

8. Transfer mixture to a piping bag or a large zip-top sandwich bag with the corner snipped off.

9.  Pipe batter into heaped 2" rounds widely spaced on the baking sheet - about 6 cakes to a pan.

10. Bake for 7-10 minutes.  Be careful not to over bake.  Cakes are done when they just start to turn golden around the edges.

Fill the shells:
3 cups confectioners' sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla extract.

1. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
2. Beat on low speed until just combined, then whip at high speed until light and fluffy.

Note: Sweetened whipped cream is also a very good filling for these pies.

Decorate the shells :
2 tbsp. milk
Confectioner's sugar
Sprinkles

1. Pour milk into a small bowl.
2. Add confectioners' sugar a tablespoon at a time while whisking constantly until thickened to piping consistency.
3. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a plain piping tip.  I used Wilton #4.
4. Pour sprinkles on a plate and dip decorated cake top in the sprinkles, brushing the excess away - or sprinkle nonpareils over tops of cakes, letting the excess fall in the plate.

110 comments:

Yaneri said...

Oh my gosh Heather, you ALWAYS make heavenly sweet creations!!! These are sooooo pretty and look so yummy!!! Thank you for sharing the recipe! Love to see you make more videos of how you make them!!

Yaneri

foodiesonthefly.com said...

OMGoodness this looks so delicious! Love whoopee pies!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

So cute! That is a flavor I would love to try.

Cheers,

Rosa

Ashlae said...

These sound so delicious. I always loved strawberry milk as a kid - and these would make the perfect summer treat!

...Noêmia! said...

Lindos! E feitos com Nesquick de morango devem ser tão gostosos!!!
:o)

Shannon said...

I love these!! I have whoopie pie madness right now and I love seeing different variations. These are just absolutely beautiful, as usual!! Great job and I can't wait to try them.

Cocoa and Quinoa said...

Beautiful piping and use of sprinkles! The most cheerful and colorful photos ever, I will definitely give these a try!

Jenny said...

this looks great, but I have to comment on the decorating alone. I am going to do these spirals and zigzags with the nonpareils on the next cookie I do -- very festive and kids will love it.

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga said...

These are totally awesome looking. Your pictures are, as usual, gorgeous!

Lauren Hairston said...

These are adorable! Subscribing to your blog is so dangerous--I have to stop myself from baking enough for an army!

FlyingRoo said...

Exquisite as always, lovely and dainty, you really spoil us.

I'll so buy your book when published!

Tiffany @ MakesMeBlush said...

I don't like whoopies pies, but I *do* think they're adorable to look at!

Sue said...

After all of your hard work and diligence, I would be remiss if I didn't make these:) Thanks for figuring out the recipe to the point of perfection. I've never made whoopie pies before and yours are a good place to start! I think I will even add the spiral:) So cute!
Heather, I can't wait for your book to come out!!! XOXO Sue

vanillasugar said...

and we love you....

cookies and cups said...

ok, you made gorgeous food with Strawberry syrup. I LOVE it :)

Butter Hearts Sugar said...

They are the prettiest whoopies I have ever seen! Your book is going to be fantastic.

Leah said...

I have always wanted to try making whoopie pies. These look so cute in pink! plus i love the sprinkle swirl :)

Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

When I was a kid I LOVED strawberry Nesquik! These are so pretty and I bet they taste wonderful.

Kathleen said...

Heather! These look FAB-U-LOUS!

Jenn said...

Yum - I love strawberry milk and I love whoopie pies!

linda said...

all is forgiven…these whoopies are so creative!
cannot wait for your book…cannot wait!

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello,

Congrats on your new book! Your photography is awesome!


~ Gabriela ~

Karyn said...

Well, there goes my diet! These are Wonderful! So glad you kept tweaking this for all of us!

Sarah (Snippets of Thyme) said...

O.K., Heather...I made the mistake of opening your post in front of my son. He declared that your whoopie pies would be my next baked choice! This blogging business has my persnickety teens thumbing through food choices and lining them up for me. BTW, I see your ads for Williams-Sonoma. So Cool!! I'm rather shackled to that store!

Meghan said...

Yum! I am so excited to make these!!

Rituparna said...

Those look delicious. When is that book expected to release. I definitely have to get myself a copy.

warmvanillasugar said...

Oh goodness, these are just the cutest!

Lili said...

Whoopie pies are my weakness, so I already know your strawberry version will be irresistable! Mmmm Mmmmm Mmmmm! Oh Heather I cannot wait to see your book in print! Congrats on nearing completion on it. xo ~Lili

Stefania said...

Molto belli questi tuoi biscotti, ciao

Amanda said...

I love strawberry-flavoured anything! Especially when paired with oreos. Thank you for the recipe!

The Café Sucré Farine said...

How beautiful and fun! The pictures are just fabulous! They sound quite delicious, I think my girls would love these as they are drawn to anything with sprinkles, thanks, Chris

Swee San @ The Sweet Spot said...

I always find the cutest thing there !!

Jodi said...

Oh.my.gawd. Can you ship these to me :-)? They look absolutely delicious!

I am definitely going to have to try and create these! Thanks for the wonderful idea!

Erin said...

These are so pretty! I love how you put the spinkles on top with the swirl of frosting

sherri lynn said...

These are SO pretty! definitely the pretties whoopie pies I've seen :)

The Vanilla Bean Baker said...

Love these. You certainly know how to dress up a whoopie pie. So cute!

chefpandita.com said...

OMG Heather, didn't know you were working on a book?? Congratulations! Love all your creations and its always so inspiring to have a blogger friend having a book published. Of course I'll buy it and I know for sure I'll LOVE it. These whoopie pies are gorgeous, love the fun sprinkles on top :)

colleen said...

First off, Strawberry Milk was my all time favorite when I was a kid,I am going to go to the grocery store today to get everything to make these. this is a diet killer, I love you and hate you at the same time :O)

Erika Beth, the Messy Chef said...

One of my friends LOVES strawberry milk. This would be the perfect gift for him. Thanks for perfecting it!

Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy. said...

YUM! These look gorgeous! Love the spiral of sprinkles on the top, so fun!

Mel said...

Hi, I sent you an email about using one of your images. It may have bounced to your junk folder, would you mind emailing me at: mel@inthepowderroom.com, Thanks! Also, to echo everyone else, these do look amazing! Mel

Clare said...

Delicious! Amazing! I love everything you do..... Though my waist may hate you right now :)

Kehceub said...

Woooow they look amazing.. Definitely have to try them.. :D

A qué huele mi cocina ... said...

Heather, unas preciosas y deliciosas galletas!! Bss

kaceyt @ om&nom said...

i love the sprinkle swirls on top! so cute!

Helana Brigman said...

I am so excited about your new book! When is it coming out? AND, what publisher are you using? I've been reading Sprinkle Bakes for about 6 months now and your blog has quickly climbed to the top of my food blogging favorites. I love that each post is so beautifully put together--like an art project--and now that I know it's 75 lbs of sugar / a manuscript, it all makes sense. I have a cookbook in the works and a food memoir, but my food stuffs aren't nearly as whimsical and playful as yours. I just love it. Can't wait to buy the book!
-Helana

Kristan said...

Everything you make is just so magical :)

Can't WAIT for your cookbook!! I know it will be my favorite!!

Lora said...

Best Whoopie pie I've seen. Hands down. I love the swirl. I could eat the pictures.

Angela Rosoff said...

Super cute color and presentation. Lovely work!

Baking Serendipity said...

These look amazing! So glad you kept trying to reach batch #10. Strawberry milk reminds me of childhood and I love the look of the sprinkled swirl on each of these. Perfect! Good luck finishing your manuscript...how exciting :)

megan @ whatmegansmaking said...

so pretty and I'm guessing so good! Good luck finishing up!! :)

Closet Fat Chick said...

These are the cutest things ever! They look so delicious and pretty at the same time. Plus I love, love, LOVE sprinkles. Thanks for the post, I plan on trying these this weekend :) I am new at this whole blogging thing but check out my blog if you are interested!

http://closetfatchick.blogspot.com/

Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking said...

SO excited for your book, Heather!
I loved strawberry milk when I was little, coffee milk, too. The pies are beautiful with the sprinkles.

Eileen @ Passions to Pastry said...

Such great photos!

adozeneggs said...

I'm so trying these! Pink and swirly...and strawberry! what more could a girl want?

Sanna said...

That looks so good. I want to have them!!! :)

Cinnaberries said...

Oh my goodness, these look amazing. I wouldn't mind just eating the sprinkles by themselves...

Lay the table said...

I need these in my life! No two ways about it!

heatherk said...

Thanks for your inspiration. I made these last night as a late night Father's Day treat for my husband. They turned out pretty well! Not as pretty as yours but worthy of taking a picture anyway!

Anonymous said...

Hi.Im eli.Im from iran.I love your website.Its so beautiful and very useful.Thanks so much.I love your food image.thanks.thanks.I cant buy english cookbook in iran,because its so expensive but i can use your site for english cooking.

hat methi said...

Such great photos!

clémence said...

So beautiful!!
Love it!

Chia said...

Has anyone made these? How do these keep? I'm thinking of making these for a weekend get away with friends. Thoughts?

SprinkleBakes said...

Hi Chia!

They are best fresh, but just make sure you keep them in an airtight container. The iced cakes should be fine for about 3 days.

Anna L. said...

wow when i first saw this, i fell in love with theses. today i tried making them, and they turned out amazingggggg, so fluffly and exceptionally de-lish! however, i have a quick question, how did yours come out so pink? mine became brown.
i think it might have been that i left them in the oven a little to long, but they didnt seem overbaked when i ate them.

SprinkleBakes said...

Hi Anna!
Maybe they baked a little quickly in your oven. You may reduce your oven temp by 25 degrees see if that helps. The strawberry milk mix has milk powder in it, so it tends to brown easily.

I hope this helps!

Evan @swEEts said...

What beautiful whoopie pies! And I love that you used strawberry milk mix :)

We Are Not Martha said...

These are stunningly beautiful!! And delicious, too, I'm sure :) Congrats on almost finishing the book :)

Sues

Marla said...

Hi friend...OMG I have missed you so. Thanks for putting a BIG grin on my face with these beautiful whoopie pies. Please let me know when I can help you promote your book. I can't wait for it!!

sarah @ pao e queijo said...

YUM. Period.

bridget {bake at 350} said...

Oh, these are the sweetest whoopie pies EVER!!!

Lorraine said...

This sounds incredible. What kind of book are you writing - a compilation of your recipes? I am a new fan to your site so am curious. Congratulations and I will be looking for it when it comes out. Best of luck. Lorraine

Clarice said...

I know everybody must say this, but your site is absolutely beautiful and elegant and all the color coordinated posts make me want to eat my computer screen. But at the same time all this beauty sets me weary because I know when I bake this stuff it'll look like shit in comparison. So excuse me, and not to be rude, but this site is too good for me. I think I'd rather leave.

Kara said...

These look so delicious!! Can't wait to try them - thank you for sharing your recipe - I LOVE your SprinkeBakes Sprinkle cake, too!!

Allison said...

A little girls dream dessert. Yeah on finishing up on the book!

valentina said...

Oh my gosh, these are perfect! Not only do they sound delicious, they look so.freaking.adorable. I wonder if the recipe would work with chocolate flavor Nesquik too? Either way, fabulous idea.

Holly Loves Art said...

I'm happy to be following you now. Your blog is gorgeous!!
Cheers!
Holly

anna said...

Sooo cute! You know, when I started my job at the restaurant I originally wanted to do a strawberry milk cake, but it didn't turn out right so I ended up just using my trusty Chardonnay cake. But these look wonderful! Strawberry milk is the shiz.

Maureen said...

These look beautiful!! I've always been a die hard chocolate whoopie pie person but I could be convinced to give these a go. These look fantastic.

Hannah@ Bake Five said...

Have you ever thought of having your own bakery?

Kristina said...

Can't believe I *just* found your blog. It is beautiful!

Jen @EatSwimShop said...

These are absolutely gorgeous and look scrumptious. I love the swirls of rainbow sprinkles - genius.

Heather Ozee said...

We miss you already! and the cupcakes were amazing.
Love,
Heather ad the family

Gabby A said...

These look amazing!

momwhats4dinner said...

OH MY! Those look lovely! I love how you decorated them!

Anonymous said...

hey joy! i have been looking for a recipe for strawberry cupcakes made with nesquick< was wondering if i can use the cake batter to make cupcakes instead?

sparkedillusion said...

yuppyupp can they be tweaked to be cupcakes?? ((:

blog said...

Oh my, super yummy! I got inspired and posted about it on my blog: http://blog.joyhey.com/2011/10/08/inspiration-sweet-life/ Hope you like it! Hugs, Krista

Nishka said...

Hi

I stumbled upon this heavenly treat while looking for a way to use the strawberry nesquick that my daughter refused to drink.....its lovely. soft and tasty. but there was one problem.....the shells were not pink:( they tased fab but the colour was brown. the only thing i did different was use butter (11tbsps) instead of veg shortening.
could you please tell e how to get that lovely pink color next time....Nishka

SprinkleBakes said...

The butter has milk solids in it that brown more quickly than shortening. Try the shortening next time, and you can also reduce the heat to 350 and bake a little longer. Just watch them closely so they don't over brown.

Thanks!

Jennifer said...

I have just tried making these. After converting all the measurements to ounces and grams (I'm from the UK) I think something has gone wrong. Mine seem awful flat :(. They are also not pink, but I guess that could be due to the difference with American milkshake powder and British. Anyway, they'll be getting put in a sealed box until Boxing day when I'll be filling them with whipped cream and serving them to family that are visiting for the holidays.
I look forward to your book being published, and I have many more recipies of yours I want to try, and I'll re-try these and see if i can figure out what went wrong. Hope you have a good Christmas!! Jennifer

Danika said...

All I can ever find is Nesquik strawberry milk syrup, any ideas on how I could tweak the recipe to make that work?

Joi said...

Hi! Can I make these the night before I need them, or should I make the shells and assemble the day of?

thanks!

Ann said...

I was extremely excited to make these as a Valentine's Day treat! I followed the recipe extactly, except for adding three drops of red food coloring to ensure a nice "strawberry" color. However, the end result was non-exsistent strawberry flavor. The pies shells were soft and fluffy, but lacking in taste. I think next time around, I'd try adding strawberry extract to make them tasty.

l.vanderkirk said...

These are adorable! Love the sprinkle swirls! I followed a trail from this sweet collection to your blog, and I'm so glad I did! Thanks for sharing!

molly said...

These look absolutely delicious! Thanks for the idea...and the Sugar Rush!

Anonymous said...

I have been dying to make these since I saw your post! I however mistakingly forgot that we dont have any eggs and i dont think we have vegetable shortening! help!

Saturn Cooks said...

Heather, this recipe is a hit!! I followed the recipe exactly and it came out great!! I did however use marshmallow fluff in addition to the butter and powdered sugar for the filling. I love your site and you continue to inspire me!

Annette L said...

I think I love you. I think my office will really love you. Thank you for persevering on this recipe.

Christa Delgado Design Inc said...

Can't wait to make these!!!

Felicia said...

I made these last week for a meeting and they were a hit! All 18 were gone in less than 5 minutes, and I received tons of compliments. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

PS- I featured the recipe here: http://dimplesinthekitchen.blogspot.com/2012/05/strawberry-milk-whoopie-pies.html

Monica said...

So going to try these! I think vanilla ice cream as the filling would be perfect for a nice hot summer night!

crottinger said...

What purpose does the bit of vinegar serve?

The Mommy said...

I do love whoopie pies! Found this particular recipe through LHJ - September issue. Congrats! I just recently made red velvet whoopie pies, cuz, you know, you can never have enough whoopie!

Jodi said...

Hi there - I just made these Friday for my baby's first birthday party in honor of how much she loves strawberries! They were better than I even imagined and my family said they tasted like something they would buy in a bakery. Thanks for this fun recipe!

Anonymous said...

hi

i love ur work...sooo pretty..how long will it stay fresh once made??

Anonymous said...

Hi Heather this looks fantastic and pure joy! I am very new to baking so this is probably a question that has an obvious answer sorry.... but how are the sprinkles fixed on the pies please? I see that there is some semi-transparent paste acting like glue between the sprinkles and pies. What is it and how to make it please? Thank you.

Chrsitina said...

We made these for a Valentine's Day giveaway over at our blog this week (www.cautiouslydomestic.com). They came out great, beautiful (not quite as perfect as yours) and delicious! We linked back to your recipe. Yummers!

Reds Creations said...

I am going to make these next Tues 3/25 for a mtg I'm in charge of and give all the attendees an amazing treat! You are so awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful creations! I can't wait to get your book!

Chryso said...

Can I substitute strawberry milk mix with banana milk mix?

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