Claire Ptak grew up in Inverness, California, and worked for three years at Chez Panisse, as a pastry cook and then a pastry chef. Her acclaimed baking company and café, Violet, sells whoopie pies, cupcakes, and other popular serving-size desserts, all crafted with a focus on organic and seasonal ingredients.
by Claire Ptak
Make way, cupcakes—it’s whoopie pie time! Everyone is falling in love with America’s classic sandwich treat—two soft cookies with a creamy filling. Now, baker extraordinaire Claire Ptak, a pastry alum of Berkeley’s famed Chez Panisse and proprietor of Violet, her … Continue reading →