July 25, 2011

sweet as pie.

i'm so happy, i could burst. having just been presented with these photos, i couldn't wait any longer to share them with you. by now, you'll know that my personal (and most favourite) photographer is my sister katie. i may be biased but her photographs speak for themselves. an afternoon in my kitchen making whoopie pies, friands, cookies and brownie has never looked so beautiful. i will treasure these images forever. below i have included the recipe for the delicious carrot cake whoopie pies. they.were.divine. i've never been too crazy over carrot cake (i'm a banana cake fiend)..but these little beauties and their orange cream cheese filling have me converted. give them a go, no need to be too neat...just make sure you come back and show me your end result! enjoy my lovelies. ps. happiness IS cake and a warm puppy!

carrot cake whoopie.

(makes 9 large or 24 small)

250g plain flour
1 tsp bicarb soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp salt
125g unsalted butter, softened
100g castor sugar
100g light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 carrots, peeled and grated
zest of 1 orange

Preheat the oven to 180°. Line two trays with baking paper. In a bowl, sift together flour, bicarb, baking powder, cinnamon and ginger. Stir in the salt and set aside. In a seperate bowl, cream the softened butter and sugars until light and fluffy, using an electric hand whisk or freestanding mixer fitted with the flat beater (insert kitchenaid need here.) Add the egg and vanilla and mix well. Add the grated carrot and orange zest and mix well. Finally, add the dry ingredients, mixing until just incorporated. Chill for 30 mins. Drop 18 large or 48 small scoops of batter, about 5cm apart, onto the prepared baking trays. Bake in the middle of the oven for 10-12 mins for large whoopies and 8-10 for mini whoopies, until the cakes are left with a slight impression when touched with a finger. Remove from the oven to a wire rack and cool completely.

orange mascarpone cream filling

250g cream cheese
150g mascarpone cheese
100g icing sugar
zest and juice of 1/2 orange

Whisk cheeses together until smooth. Add icing sugar and orange zest & juice.

To assemble: spread or pipe a generous scoop of filling on the flat surface of a cooled whoopie. Top with another whoopie to make a sandwich. Serve and enjoy!

recipe courtesy of the wonderful whoopie pie book.


moose and bird said...

Laura, what a lucky lady you are! These photos are just gorgeous, I wish I could take photos half as good as these. Have a lovely week x

picklebug said...

Great pics! I'm more a banana cake lady myself, but if you say this carrot cake is good I'll take your word for it. The zest kinda creeps me out though! It's PEEL! Aaargh!

Rach x

Sarah-Jayne said...

You and Katie are such a talented duo. So very beautiful! Such a compliment to each other's talents too. Loving the pic of you and the puppy. He looks adorable!!

Can't wait to try a whoopie eventually.

love you xoxo

Miss E said...

Ooh yum, I'll be taste testing those soon!

Hannah, Lost in wishful thinking said...

The photographs are wonderful! I really like the one where the focus is on your hair, it just seems like a really fun photo.

The dress looks lovely, and the pups are even cuter when there are two of them!!!

VintageSweetheart said...

Such lovely photos! You have me curious about whoopie pies now.

E :)

Trish *Spring Blossom* said...

Ohh they look delicious!! Great photos - looks like you are both very talented ladies :)

I'll have to give these a try!

Michelle said...

Just gorgeous! The lighting in the photos is amazing! Very jealous I don't have a sister like that on hand! Michelle xx

Vic Bibby said...

I LOVE carrot cake - my fav, can't wait to try these, thanks for sharing. Beautiful photos, what a clever sis, and such cute little friends in the last photos. xxx

moose and bird said...

Hi Lovely,
Saw your message about the Pear. Have you had any luck tracking down some delicous boy fabrics? I really think florals should be unisex!!! x

Lizeylou said...

How amazing are these photos .... I love them all!

Kathryn said...

Gorgeous photos, what a talented sister!
Where do you do your op-shopping? I can never find anything good, maybe I just don't have the knack?

green tea and red nails said...

oh these are amazing! your sister is super talented :)

looks like a great party!
see you in a few weeks - Kel xx

Lucent Imagery said...

I just love the dog sniffing the treat! And the photo of the baking list. Isn't sitting down to write those lists and create menus one of the best things to do?!

Trudy Florence said...

Gorgeous!! they are so amazing!

Leanne Dixon said...

I love the top knot pic, it's Laura! Mitchell sisters have it going on!!!! xxx

Allana said...

Oh yummy, thanks for sharing this!! Your photo's are gorgeous as always :) xx

Bungalowgirl said...

Your sister is fantastic, how wonderful for you both to be able to share your talents. By the way those teapot cookies are absolutely going onto miss Liongirl's 3 yo party menu. melx

The Beetle Shack said...

she is good that sister!!

xo em

Trish *Spring Blossom* said...

I gave the Whoopie Pies a try..... (didn't turn out nearly as beautiful as yours)

I've blogged about it here

Thanks so much for the recipe and the inspiration to get into the kitchen :)

Florence said...

thank you for sharing the recipe for these beautifully photographed indeed whoopies. the boys and i made some chocolate ones during the holidays, but we weren't so keen about them, too sweet, so we have great hopes in yours which we will try and bake next week end once we have recovered from the holidays... they do look delicious! xx

Wardrobe Envy said...

Amazing pictures!! What kind of dogs are they? Perhaps the cutest things I have ever seen!

Tabitha x

Em said...

Oh my! These photos are fabulous, love the bright, happy feel! And LOVE your orange Kitchenaid! AND, and, and, and! I love your blog! I'm glad you found me, cause your blog is amazing! And I tasted my first whoopie the other day, a chocolate one from a cafe - I'd never heard of them before then. And I LOVED it and I love to bake, so I am SO going to have a go at these!!

Katyha said...

I have never ever tried whoopie pies, I will have to add these to my to do list for the weekend ;)