I Am Baker

Black Velvet Whoopie Pies

I have never made a whoopie pie before.  I don’t know whats wrong with me?  Its basically the most awesome perfectest invention ever.

Thank you awesome inventor of the Whoopie Pie.

I found this recipe through McCormick.  When I think about McCormick I have visions of highly organized pantry’s with shelves lined with every imaginable spice and extract flavor and food color.  Visions of happily smiling children and husband sitting around the table as I carry over the perfectly seasoned pot roast while wearing my heels and pearls.

Clearly I am fantasizing.  About spices.  And food coloring.  And its not the first time.

Black Velvet Whoopie Pies


  • 1 package (15 1/4 to 18 1/4 ounces) German chocolate cake mix with pudding
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons McCormick® Black Food Color
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • For the Filling:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Orange Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Red Food Color
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Yellow Food Color


  1. For the Cookies, preheat oven to 350°F. Beat cake mix, water, cocoa powder, oil, food color, eggs and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed just until moistened, scraping sides of bowl frequently. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes.
  2. Spoon 1 tablespoon of batter, 2 inches apart, onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. (Cookies will spread so avoid crowding them on baking sheet.)
  3. Bake 8 minutes or until cookies are puffed and spring back when touched, turning baking sheets halfway through baking. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.
  4. For the Orange Filling, beat all ingredients in medium bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. To assemble the Whoopie Pies, place 1 tablespoon filling on flat side of 1 cookie. Top with a second cookie, pressing gently to spread the filling. Repeat with remaining cookies and filling.
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 I love the simplicity of black and orange for Halloween.  I love that this treat could not be easier yet it has a big impact.  I love that I made them while most of my kids were napping so that no one knew how many there really were and I had to explain to no one why I ate 13 at once.

I now have such a deep affection for the Whoopie Pie I wrote it a little poem.

Whoopie, whoopie, in the form of pie

I love the site of you in my eye

In my belly you will soon be

Cause you are delicious.

The End.

I think I should stick to baking.


I Am Baker

It Takes a Village… and a Tablet

I want the best for my kids.  I want them to be smart and strong and generous and kind.

And while I feel blessed beyond measure to have four beautiful children, I sometimes get overwhelmed with mom guilt.

Am I doing everything I can to ensure they are the best they can be?  Shouldnt I be doing more?  Should they be eating better, learning more, playing more, reading more, studying more, praying more?

Clearly I am screwing up my children forever!

My most recent “mom guilt” issue of late is sweet sixteen-month-old Eddie.

Eddie, as the youngest of four kids, has one particular phrase said to him over and over throughout the day.

‘Eddie, no!”

“Eddie dont take my markers!”,  “Eddie get off the table!”,  “Eddie don’t throw your food”, “Mom, Eddie is in the bathroom!”


I lay in bed at night and wonder if he will grow up thinking “No” is the only word people say.

I dont remember how it came about exactly, but somehow our new Droid Xyboard Tablet ended up in front of my 16 month old.

I reached for it and started to say “No!”, but something stopped me.

He hopped right on the Toddlers Triflin’ app I had installed for my three year old, and started playing.

As I watched his face light up as he popped each balloon, I relaxed.

Without instruction and without prompting, he just sorta got it.  He popped each balloon and clapped for himself and he felt a sense of accomplishment.

And honestly, so did I.

I had a moment of sweet peace, just knowing that everything was going to be ok.  No stress, no worry about the future, just joy and peace in that precious moment.

These sweet and smart and willing to learn kids were going to be ok.

Now if I can just figure out how to install a “clean your room” app life will be perfect!

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Midwest Savvy Gourmets program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.