Whoopie Pies By The Piping Gourmets
The Piping Gourmets was launched in October 2011 by co-founders Leslie Kaplan and Carolyn Shulevitz. The pair created Whoopie Pies, a line of all natural and certified gluten free desserts. The mission – to offer a variety of innovative, delicious, healthier desserts for today’s health and taste conscious consumers. Both founders are well seasoned in the food world with experience in both catering and hospitality. Carolyn Broome Shulevitz is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. Leslie Kaplan is a graduate of Florida International University’s School of Hospitality Management.So what is a Whoopie Pie? It has been called a cupcake sandwich. Legend has it that these delicacies actually originated in the Amish country. When Amish farmers found the confection in their lunchboxes, they shouted WHOOPEE! And you will too when you taste these. Each individually wrapped Piping Gourmet Whoopie Pie consists of two cake halves generously filled with richly flavored cream. They can be stored in the freezer, and defrosted in minutes. Yumm!Piping Gourmet Whoopie Pies:
Tasting Notes For The Piping Gourmets Whoopie Pies
As you can see, these are big squishy cakey pillows, sandwiching an Oreo-like icing. Each bite offers a rich, gently sweet, slightly moist chocolate cake with a soft, but somewhat thick sugary vanilla icing.
I could detect the gluten-free nature in the texture just a bit. Our sugaraholic, wheat-eating taste-tester didnt bat an eyelash as she inhaled one and then another. Tony has been gluten-free for a while, he doesnt love most store-bought gluten-free goodies. But The Piping Gourmets whoopie pies won him over.
To note, this is dessert. These whoopie pies are a straight up treat dont expect nutrition simply because they are gluten-free and dairy-free. That said, I was surprised that each sizable indulgence was only around 200 calories.
And to find them, head to the freezer. Though they look shelf-stable, The Piping Gourmets Whoopie Pies are sold in the freezer section of many natural food stores. They are best thawed in the refrigerator. They only keep at room temp for about 24 hours or so.
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Whats So Special About Powdered Peanut Butter
I love baking with powdered PB because its lower in fat and higher in protein then liquid peanut butter so it can replace some of the flour in recipes and yield a lighter fluffier cake. It also adds a ton of powerful peanut-y flavour without messing up the texture or adding moisture. I usually buy PB2 brand and I use it in a lot of baking .
Where To Find The Best Whoopie Pies Around New England
We were shocked to read that Pennsylvania takes credit for the invention of the whoopie pie. As the story goes, in the early 1920s, Amish wives put these circular confections into their husbands lunchboxes, inspiring the guys to say Whoopee! Mainers roundly dispute that theory and contend that the first official whoopie was created at a bakery called Labadies in Lewiston in 1925.
Sure, both states host a whoopie pie festival. But credit for the Worlds Largest Whoopie Pie, baked in 2011 and weighing in at 1,062 pounds goes to . . . ta dah! Maine. The Pennsylvania record is a measly 230 pounds. And it took New Englanders to create the magical ingredient, Marshmallow Fluff , that elevated the whoopie pie to classic dessert status.
Whats more, the whoopie pie was designated the Official State Treat of Maine in 2011 Ive talked to many tourists who say one of the major items on their Maine to-do list is trying a whoopie pie, says Alex Campbell of Two Fat Cats Bakery in Portland. The whoopie pie is definitely ingrained in Maine cuisine and culture. Heres a look at some worth-every-sugar-gram whoopies.
Labadies Bakery, Lewiston, Maine
Most winning whoopie: The perfection that is chocolate cake-meets-vanilla cream. They ship to all 50 U.S. states and military addresses around the world. 161 Lincoln St., Lewiston, Maine www.whoopiepies.com.
Two Fat Cats Bakery, Portland and S. Portland, Maine
Wicked Whoopies, Freeport and Farmingdale, Maine
Whoo Wagon, Topsfield
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How Do You Make Vegan Whoopie Pies
You need to start by making two things vegan buttermilk and a flax egg. Then you mix together your dry ingredients , and in another bowl, you cream together your vegan butter and brown sugar. Add in your flax egg and vanilla and mix with the dry ingredients. Then you slowly add in your vegan buttermilk that you made. I then add them to my whoopie pie mold and bake for 10 minutes.
To make the filling, I mix together some vegan cream cheese, powdered peanut butter and brown sugar. I then put some of the filling and a dollop of my homemade chia jam onto one half of the whoopie pie shells and then stick another one on top. Enjoy!
Vegan Chocolate Whoopie Pies With Pink Vanilla Cashew Cream
Vegan Chocolate Whoopie Pies- stuffed with a luxurious cashew vanilla cream thats naturally pink!
Love is in the air. Can you feel it?
If not, you will after you take a bite of one of these Vegan Chocolate Whoopie Pies. The rich chocolate flavor and soft cake-like texture paired with the smooth vanilla cashew cream is sure to bring out some of those feel-good endorphins.
In full disclosure, I have not been feeling the love for these whoopie pies. After making them about ten times over the past month, Im not sure I can eat another whoopie pie ever again.
We both know thats a big fat lie.
Even though I feel like I climbed a mountain of a million little chocolatey cakes for this recipe, the end result was worth it. In honor of the upcoming Valentines Day, theyre filled with a silky cashew cream thats dyed pink with just a touch of shredded beet. Cause you know I like to keep things natural.
In order to get a silky texture, the cashew cream does require a high speed blender but if you dont have one you can make a vegan buttercream frosting instead.
I went the cashew route for a healthier option but I mean, its dessert. As long as you dont eat them every day then, what the hell, why not? )
- 2 tablespoons raw shredded beet **
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What Is A Traditional Whoopie Pie
Traditional whoopie pies originate in the Northeast, near Maine and Pennsylvania. The original recipe calls for a marshmallow fluffy buttercream filling sandwiched between two chocolate cake-like cookies.
Where does the name Whoopie Come From?
Whoopie was a trendy term during the 1930s, when these desserts were invented. Songs bragged about Makin Whoopie and whoopie cushions were a common prank.
Its uncertain where the name comes. However, one rumor is that Amish women would make these treats using leftover cake batter. Then, when their husbands opened their lunchbox the next day, theyd shout Whoopie!!
Replacing Oil with Plant-Based Whole Foods Ingredients
Removing oil from a baking recipe can leave you with a dry, crumbly cake. To replace this lost moisture, I used whole foods, plant-based ingredients like banana, applesauce, and plant-based milk. These ingredients help create a smooth batter so that the mini chocolate cakes get plenty of rise during baking. You can use any plant-based milk for this recipe, though. Soy milk and rice milk also work.
Dates and Bananas Add Sweetness, which Means no Refined Sugar, Syrup, or Honey
To sweeten this recipe, I used a combination of dried dates and ripe bananas. Pitted deglet noor dates add deep rich sweetness, similar to brown sugar or coconut sugar. However, they are loaded with fiber, which helps prevent your blood-sugar spike.
Vegan Whoopie Pies By The Piping Gourmet
This week, we celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary. We decided to stop and pick up a treat for the family. The store didn’t have what I had in mind, but these vegan Whoopie Pies, made by The Piping Gourmets caught my eye. It was $7.50 for a box of four of them, so we decided to give them a try.
We put them on the counter for about half an hour to thaw, before giving them a try. Yum! The three of us who love chocolate really enjoyed the vegan Whoopie Pie. My son isn’t a chocolate lover so he ate half of it and didn’t want the rest. He had no problem finding a taker for the other half. These were delicious and we will certainly want to get them again when we are looking for a special treat.
Two thumbs up for the vegan Whoopie Pies. Locally, we bought them at Love Whole Foods in Port Orange, but you can probably find them at places like Whole Foods Market as well.
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Vegan Chocolate Whoopie Pies Recipe
- Servings: 6 pies / 3 sandwiched
- Difficulty: easy
- 2 tbsp of maple syrup
- ½ vanilla pod, scraped, or ½ tsp vanilla paste or extract
Foood: The Piping Gourmets Whoopie Pies
On my second day at Natural Products Expo West, I discovered that there was a third floor to the convention! I found so many great companies, but there was one whose logo stood out to me: The Piping Gourmets Whoopie Pies. I wasnt sure why but after some thinking, I remembered that our friends in the PowerToTheVeg Facebook group had a discussion about them some time last year. Ill be honest and say that I never really had whoopie pies during my childhood or pre-gan days, so it wasnt something I was looking to buy. All that changed after I tried ALL the flavors and gained a solid 34 pounds after Expo West. YEY.
So some of you are probably asking whats so special about these vegan Whoopie Pies? Well, it takes so many trial and errors before one can fulfill a perfect comfort dessert texture, let a lone a Whoopie Pie. It is meant to be soft and cushion-like and the filling needs to be soft and creamy, all while maintaining its solid form so that you dont have a sticky mess all over your hands.
After sitting in a bag for 6 hours practically in perfect condition.
So are The Piping Gourmets Whoopie Pies all that we ever wanted in a Whoopie Pie? YES. And not only are they vegan, but gluten-free as well! How do they do it? Witchcraft seems to be the only answer on my mind. But in all honesty, they were very delicious and not too sweet.
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The Facts On The Piping Gourmets Whoopie Pies
Price: $7.99 per 4-pack
Certifications: The Piping Gourmets Whoopie Pies are Certified Kosher Pareve, Certified Gluten-Free, Certified Vegan, and Non-GMO Verified.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, The Piping Gourmets Whoopie Pies are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit The Piping Gourmets website at www.thepipinggourmets.com.
Making Vegan Halloween Whoopie Pies
There are some steps involved in making these whoopie pies, but rest assured that theyre easier than both cake and cupcakes. You dont have to use a piping bag for the icing, though I sometimes find that piping is actually faster than spreading. If youd like to pipe, I like this bag , or you can use a plastic bag for a DIY approach.
The soft chocolate cookies can be made a day or two in advance of assembling the Halloween whoopie pies. You can store them at room temperature for that long. Just be sure to pop them into an airtight container in the fridge after two days for longer storage.
If you like to get even more advanced with your dessert prep, you can freeze the cookie component of the whoopie pies for up to six weeks. Simply defrost prior to making your icing and getting ready to decorate.
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Cake Vs Cookie: The Beauty Of Whoopie Pies
Why vegan whoopie pies? Because theyre the best of both worlds.
Whoopie pies are basically a cross between cake, or cupcake, and cookie. The outside of the pies is supposed to be soft and cake-like. The filling is some sort of frosting or cream.
If youre wondering, as I have been, how whoopie pies got their name, there are apparently two theories. The first is that whoopie pies were thrown out to audience members during a 1920 performance of the play Whoopee! in Boston. The second is that whoopie pies originated in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. When Amish women gave them to their families, husbands and kids were apparently so excited that they exclaimed, whoopie!
Regardless of their origins, whoopie pies are undeniably fun. Theyre also cleverly constructed gift ideas. Whoopie pies are sturdier than cupcakes, but with a similar texture and taste. You dont have to worry about piping their frosting into neat, pretty swirls . And theyre stress-free to transport because the frosting is safely nestled between the cake-like cookies.
As someone who likes cookies but finds cake more satisfying, I appreciate these neatly packaged treats so much. As far as cookies go, Ive always been a fan of soft cookies. Why not make them even more enticing with a little frosting? Pumpkin frosting, no less?