I got this recipe from another one of my Everyday Food cookbooks by Martha Stewart. I had never made whoopie pies before so this recipe was really fun to make for me. They turned out great, they tasted like soft cupcake sandwich or one of thoose new Oreo cakesters. The chocolate cookies were very soft and moist resembling a cake like texture and the filling in the middle had a great vanilla frosting taste.
I've been eyeing this recipe for a while and have been dying to make it eversince I found it. Since I'm just a beginner baker I still don't have a springform pan and wanted to make a smaller cake anyway because it was only for a small thanksgiving. I found a pumpkin spice cake recipe in my Better Homes and Garden cookbook that sounded very flavorful and worthy to make. The recipe called for baking it in two 8in pans or one 13*9in pan but I didn't need
I used the same recipe for the second trial that I used for the first trial but didn't change much to the recipe this time. I think the cookies turned out better by using butter rather than shortening, they weren't as soft on the tops and flattened out more like a cookie should. I also decided to use the frosting this time which added great flavor to the cookies but decided to only drizzle it over the cookies slightly rather than cover the whole cookie because I didn't want the frosting to overpower the cookie. I also added 1/4 tsp of pumpkin spice to the cookie batter and added 2 Tbsp of maple syrup to the frosting which gave a little extra sweetness
This recipe was not one of my favorites but my co-workers seemed to really enjoy it! I thought the middle nectarine layer tasted the best, it was a good combination of sugar and sweet fruit. I found the cake to be a tad on the dry side but it still had great flavor and worked well with the gooey fruit middle. The crumble on top also didn't turn out how I would have preferred but you can change that easily and add different flavor components. I think I would have prefered a crumble topping with brown sugar like this recipe or this recipe to help give it a bit more