Coconut Cherry Whoopie Pies
CD CBF N. American 40mins
8 x 7cm/3-inch whoopie pies
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100g/4oz Butter, softened
2 large Eggs
1 teasp Vanilla Extract
225g/8oz Self Raising Flour
4 tbsp Desiccated Coconut
½ teasp Salt
75g/3oz Glace Cherries, quartered
For the Filling
2 Egg Whites
225g/8oz Castor Sugar
1 tbsp Honey
For the Icing
2 tbsp Water
225g/8oz Icing Sugar (confectioners)
4 Glace Cherries, halved
1. Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas Mark 4 and lightly grease 3 or 4 large
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar then add eggs, milk,
lemon zest and lemon juice and beat until well blended.
3. Mix together the flour, coconut and salt then add to the butter mixture and
mix well to form a smooth thick mixture.
4. Stir in the quartered cherries then drop large spoonfuls of the mixture onto
the prepared baking sheets to make 16 cakes making sure you space them about
5cm/2-inch apart on all sides, then using the back of a spoon, spread each into
5. Bake for 12-15 minutes until they are firm to the touch. Remove from oven,
transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.
6. For the filling place all of the filling ingredients in a large heatproof
bowl and whisk until well mixed.
7. Place the bowl over a saucepan of rapidly boiling water, then whisk
constantly for 5-7 minutes or until the mixture is thick and creamy and stands
in peaks. Using an electric whisk is easier.
8. Remove from heat, whisk for a further minute or so then allow to cool
9. Assemble the whoopie pies by spreading the flat side of a cold cake with a
generous amount of filling. You can also pipe the filling for an extra
decorative effect. Place another cake, flat side down, on top of the filling
then press together lightly.
10. For the icing, place the icing sugar and water in a medium sized mixing bowl
and mix until well blended and smooth then thinly ice the tops of the filled
whoopie pies, pressing a cherry half in the centre (cut side down) before the
icing hardens. Leave to set for a short time before serving.
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