Lumpy and slightly misshapen, these whoopie pies are a deceptive ugly duckling, transforming into a soft spongy swan the moment you first bite into them.
By Helena Berthon
Lumpy and slightly misshapen, these whoopie pies are a deceptive ugly duckling, transforming into a soft spongy swan the moment you first bite into them. If you can manage to get your mouth around them that is. Unintentionally enormous, they demand a tactical approach to avoid whoopie-on-face syndrome. Slightly overestimating the size of an unshelled walnut (which I think is an ambiguous size reference anyway…) they grew from dainty little morsels to saucer-sized rocks faster than you could say whoopie.
- 100g unsalted butter
- 1 large egg
- 150g caster sugar
- 125g soured cream
- 50ml milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 275g plain flour
- ¾ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 100g desiccated coconut
- 100g white marshmallows
- 25ml milk
- 125g very soft unsalted butter
- 2 tbsp raspberry jam
- Line a baking tray with non-stick paper and heat the oven to 180°C.
- Melt the butter in a saucepan and then set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat the egg until light and fluffy using an electric whisk, then gradually beat in the sugar, a third at a time, until thick and glossy. Beat in the melted butter, sour cream, half the milk and vanilla. Sift the flour and bicarb into the mixture and beat until smooth. Add in the desiccated coconut and the other half of the milk and mix until smooth.
- Pipe or spoon balls of the mixture, the size of an unshelled walnut (…), onto the baking tray, spaced 3-4 cm apart. Sprinkle over a little extra coconut and then bake for about 13-14 minutes until almost evenly golden on top. Allow to cool slightly then transfer to a wire rack to cool and bake the remaining mixture.
- Heat the marshmallow and milk in a saucepan over a low heat. When half melted, take off the heat, beat with a hand whisk until smooth then leave to cool. Beat the butter until creamy then gradually beat this into the marshmallow mixture until whipped and smooth. Mix in the raspberry jam. Sandwich two ‘cakes’ together with the marshmallow filling, then dust the cakes with icing sugar.
Helena is a huge foodie making the most of the explosive gastronomic scene in London, England. She has had her own food blog, http://hellyfillsherbelly.com, for almost two years in which she combines recipes and food styling, with witty and engaging stories. At the moment, she's working all hours in the world of food television, which although hard work, is the perfect opportunity to taste some top notch food. She loves eating, restaurants and cooking, and can't imagine a life that doesn't revolve around food.