Hoopie Pies

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  • March madness is upon us! As I’m sitting here, Hunter Hann and I are watching the first round of the NCAA tournament and he is scratching off the loosing teams on our brackets and circiling the winners.
    My bracket is winning! That’s neither here nor there.

    Hoopie Pies 
    I thought these little basketball whoopie pies would be perfect for this time of year. And the name, “HOOP”IE PIES! Come on, you know it’s cute!
    The Sweet Sixteen starts next weekend, then the Elite Eight, then the Final Four, then the Championship game. Surely you can come up with one excuse to make these cute little pies. :)
    A few notes before we get started. For the frosting, I made half a batch of my regular cream cheese frosting recipe. You do not have to make frosting if you are just going to serve these as little decorated cakes though. I did use a whoopie pie pan for this recipe, but this batter is THICK, so you could probably get away with out one. I got mine at Williams-Sonoma, but I have seen them at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s and Walmart. Also, the reason these hoopie pies are so pretty and orange is because there is pumpkin puree in them, as well as Wilton’s orange icing color. I got my icing color and my black sparkle gel at Walmart.
    Ok, enough information. We have hoopie pies to make…..and eat!
    Hoopie Pies
    adapted from my halloween whoopie pies
        makes 9 whoopie pies, 18 cakes 
    1 1/8 C all-purpose flour
    1/2 tsp baking powder
    1/4 tsp baking soda
    1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (homemade or store bought)
    1/8 tsp salt
    1/2 C light brown sugar
    1/4 C butter, softened (1/2 stick)
    3/4 C pumpkin puree
    1/2 an egg* or 2 T egg substitute
    1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    Wilton’s orange icing color
    Wilton’s black sparkle gel
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt.
    *In a small dish, beat egg. In a medium bowl, stir together the brown sugar and butter until smooth. Mix in pumpkin. Add half of the beaten egg; discard the rest. Mix in vanilla. Dip the end of a knife in the orange gel and add the color to the bowl. Stir. Add flour mixture to wet mixture and stir just to combine.
    Spray the whoopie pan with Baker’s Joy. Fill each well of the whoopie pie pan about 3/4th the way full, or about 1 1/2 tablespoons of batter in each. {This batter is VERY thick, so I used the back of a spoon to move it around a little so it would be smooth on top}. Bake for 9-10 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean. Cool in pans, on cooling rack for a few minutes, then turn pan over and let pies fall out. Cool completely on rack before frosting or decorating. Use black sparkle gel to make the lines like on a basketball, and to write logos or letters.
    Cream Cheese Frosting
        makes 1/2 batch of frosting
    4 oz cream cheese, softened
    1/4 C butter (1/2 stick)
    1 tsp vanilla
    1 C powdered sugar
    Cream the cream cheese and the butter together in mixer with the flat paddle attachment until smooth. Add in the vanilla and mix. Add in the powdered sugar and turn the mixer on low, then crank it up until the frosting is smooth. I used an off set spatula to frost the hoopie pies, but you could also use a piping bag. I used cream cheese frosting because I think it goes nicely with the pumpkin but you could use regular butter cream or other combinations. Store leftovers in the fridge.
    I really love the way the black sparkle gel looks on the pies for the basketball stripes! If you cannot find that product, you can always melt down some chocolate or candy discs and pipe the lines with that.
    These basketball whoopie pies are perfect for any type of basketball watch party or get together. These would also be great for a basketball or sports theme birthday party. Writing names on the pies would be a cute way to individualize them!
    So who will you be cheering for in the trournament? Well, even though my Oklahoma State Cowboys didn’t make it into the tournament this year, I am still loyal and true to my alma mater and made an OSU hoopie pie.
    And of course, my husband’s Kansas Jayhawks DID make it, so we will be rooting for them. :)
    I hope you give these hoopie pies a try! They are so fun and festive. Also, for your next football party {or to go along with your sports bdday parties}, try my football whoopie pies!
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    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04871821199110969105 Jocelyn

      Girl, these are seriously adorable! And “hoopie” pies…you are too cute:-)

      I also am loving your chevron plate…where did you find it?

      • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16973924525398266766 Cookin’ Cowgirl

        Thanks, Jocelyn! My friend gave it to me. I’ll try to figure out where she got it. I’ll let ya know!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08824632026590013284 Trace and Sarah

      Surely I can find an excuse to make these with all the upcoming games! They are adorable – I need to look for one of those pans!

      • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16973924525398266766 Cookin’ Cowgirl

        Thanks :) They are great for muffin tops too!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04443358683147144793 The Cookinglady

      Wow, these look really tasty!

      • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16973924525398266766 Cookin’ Cowgirl

        Thanks, Cookinglady! <3

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04549767399322024293 Alice

      these look awesome! seriously i think i’d make them just for the cream cheese icing :)

      • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16973924525398266766 Cookin’ Cowgirl

        I feel you on that! That’s one of the reason I LOVE to make my carrot cake. MMMMMMMM

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14273096774841662739 Jamie

      Those look so amazing! I’m totally in the spirit of March Madness right now just like you… funny thing is I never watch basketball any other time of the year!

      • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16973924525398266766 Cookin’ Cowgirl

        Ha well I do, when it’s one of our teams. I was a cheerleader a Oklahoma State so I always root for them, but they haven’t made it to the tournament for a few years. :(

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05585658349843177091 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

      The name is freaking darling. And I love how creative you were with these whoopie pies. Great job on these!

      • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16973924525398266766 Cookin’ Cowgirl

        Thank you!! And thanks for commenting! :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10326599407286877942 Cathleen

      I’m loving the name, these are hilarious! They looks great!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12371458068011998525 Tina

      This is very creative for basketball season. Also, I do not think I have ever had these in pumpkin, only chocolate. I am sure the cake part by itself is amazing and they look tasty! Great name for these too.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17228058131163517696 Parsley Sage

      GADORABLE! I’m bookmarking this for sure because two of my best friends are super basketball freaks :) So clever!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18214614246946772242 Heather – Chickabug

      These are so cute Steph!! : )

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05125259406054221208 Emily Cann

      These look amazing! Great for a March madness party. They are so good I blogged about them too! http://www.blovelyevents.com

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14375342136420635200 B

      These are so awesome!!!

    • Jennifer Holmes

      How are these when you use whole wheat four with them?