Saturday, March 26, 2011

Basketball Whoopie pies

Tonight we w'hoop'ed it up for March Madness with a little watch party featuring some basketball w'hoop'ie pies! The ideas comes from the March Madness Party BluPrint. I'd never made whoopie pies before, but loved the clever title for a basketball party. The Party Bluprint went with a more traditional chocolate pie, but I thought it would be super fun to attempt making them look like basketballs! After some trial and error, I finally got something that turned out ok!
Basketball Pies Recipe (adapted from Party Bluprints) Makes 12-15 pies
Ingredients:
Cake part:
Yellow cake mix
1/3 C water
3 T oil
2 eggs
orange food coloring (or in my case yellow, red, & brown coloring powder)
chocolate bark or candy melts + piping bag (or baggie)

Frosting:
8 oz. package cream cheese
1 stick butter
1t vanilla
3C powdered sugar
orange food coloring (or yellow, red, & brown mixed together)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350. If you have a convention oven, use REGULAR bake (see my kitchen chemistry lesson for why). Combine wet ingredients (including food coloring) then pour into dry mix. Mix for about 2 minutes (medium speed if using a mixer)--don't over mix! 
Put about 1 T scoops onto greased cookie sheets (I found my stoneware pans worked even better *see additional post*) about 2 inches apart (a small ice cream-type scoop works really well).
Bake for 8-15 minutes. Ok, I know that's a big time swing for something like this. Most whoopie pie recipes I've seen say 8-9 minutes, but mine just weren't done in that time span. Don't know if it's the stoneware or what, but I had to do at least 13 minutes for the cake to be done on the underneath.
Once done, carefully remove with metal spatula & place on cooling racks. While those cool, melt some chocolate candy coating & place into a piping bag (or baggie). Then, turn those little orange cakes into basketballs! :)
You can decorate all the cakes or just half (for the tops), depending on how crazy ambitious you are! Put those in the fridge to harden. Then, make your frosting. Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl until well mixed. Add food coloring until you have the desired orange color. Remove the cakes from the fridge. Put a large dollop of frosting on the flat side of one cake and place the flat side of one of the decorated cakes on top.
Then, you have a plate full of little basketball whoopie pies! :)
 
Perfect for March Madness or your kiddos' basketball team! :) 

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20 comments:

  1. The whoopie pies look so yummy, and they can be adaptable for footballs, baseballs, soccer, etc. What a cute idea!

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  2. Sara,
    Thos turned out great!! Too Cute!!

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  3. What a cute idea! These would be perfect for a party :) I know my family of basketball lovers would be all over these. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Wow, I love these. I just had a basketball birthday party for my son and just made a basketball cake. I am sure he would have loved this! Well, I can still make them, he loves basketball so he would love them anytime! Thanks for sharing, I am your newest follower!

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  5. Man this made me hungry!! Very cute!

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  6. These are adorable and was just thinking how great these would be as footballs for football season. Yum! :-)

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  7. These are so great! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. This is such a great idea! I have a boy in my house who would love these! I am a new follower and I would love if you would link this up to my Made by Little Hands Monday linky party!
    Have a great day!
    Michelle
    www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

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  9. Precious!! I love this idea!! Stopping by from Tasty Tuesday!

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  10. What a great idea and recipe. Fun and tasty! Thank you so much for sharing and have a great day!

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  11. Those are awesome!! I definitely want to make these!

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  12. Hello. I found your blog tru blog hopping.I am your new follower..I love these, I will grab your recipe and try to make mine.hope it will be wonderful just like these. Marelie@ www.cookiedropletsetcbymarelie.com

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  13. These are adorable and will be perfect for my nephews bday party coming up! He is a basketball fanatic...but I bet he never ate one! If you get a sec, pop on over to Foodie Friday and link up! Oh, and I found you on Today's Creative Blog! :)

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  14. What a great idea! My son would go crazy for these.

    I'd like to invite you to share this recipe with my linky, Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you there.
    http://alli-n-son.com/2011/03/31/toffee-snickerdoodle-cookies/

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  15. These are terrific! I'm not a huge whoopie pie fan, but I love food that looks like other stuff.

    (And of course I know who you are. Your comment on my UBP made me laugh.)

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  16. i'm scratching my head wondering how on earth i missed this post! :)gina

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