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by Abby Dodge on January 14, 2013

Over the past 18 months or so, our monthly Baketogether sessions have brought many of us from around the globe together under the umbrella of friendship, food and community. For me, it’s always a wonderful surprise to see who shows up in our virtual kitchen and to see how these creative folks have spun the recipe. The recipes are always impressive, creative and, most of all, inspiring. Each version of every recipe inspires me to push forward with new variations, renovated techniques, unique flavor pairings. In a sentence, your baketogether recipes have inspired me to be a better baker.

Of course, we Baketogether folks are always looking for new company in our kitchen. As I like to say .. “the more the merrier’! I bet you can imagine my absolute delight when my  friend, the venerable GREG PATENT himself reached out about BakeTogether! Along with being an incredibly warm, giving colleague, Greg is a brilliant writer, an American baking icon and one of my all-time baking heros. He’s written many books with these two as my personal faves – Baking in America and A Baker’s Odyssey. They hold a special place on my bookshelf as they should on yours. He is a baking genius hence his aptly named website: The Baking Wizard ! Grab a cup of tea or coffee and check out his site.. so much valuable, valuable info and recipes. Greg is also on Twitter. Follow @GregPatent – I do!

Greg and I had been emailing about Baketogether and I bravely and humbly asked if he’d like a copy of my Mini Treats & Handheld Sweets. He said yes. I mailed the book. And.. he liked it. So much so that he asked for permission  to do a BakeTogether version of one of the recipes in the book. (really? Greg Patent wants to spin one of MY recipes? I giggled like a school girl.) Specifically, he inquired about the Orange Whoopie Pies with Orange-Honey Buttercream (page 112). To say I was and am honored, would be the world’s biggest understatement. We agreed that I would do a spin-off recipe as well and we would co-post in January. TODAY.

Here’s Greg’s recipe.

I’ll admit that I cheated a bit with my version of, well, my recipe. While I’ve switched up the flavoring of the Whoopie and filled them with a devilish, chocolaty velvet filling, I have only given you the recipe for the Whoops and not the filling. OK.. OK.. I can hear the name-calling from my office. Yes, I confess to being more than a little bit of a tease but, in my own defense, a girl has to at least try to make a living. Forgive me? I hope so.. You can find the filling recipe on page 118 of Mini Treats.

While this isn’t a “regulation” Baketogether, Let me know if you’d like to join me and Greg in spinning this Whoopie YOUR way. If so, I’ll add a linky thing so we can share. In the meantime, checkout Greg’s recipe.. It’s brilliant.

And, stay tuned for February’s Baketogether — there’s a BIG, sweet prize involved!

I’ll close this post as Greg and I have taken to closing our emails…