Celebration Whoopie Pies
For the pies
- 300g plain flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 75g unsalted butter, softened
- 200g Tate & Lyle Golden Caster Sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla paste
- 175ml milk with squeeze of lemon juice
- Optional: 75g glacé cherries (chopped into small pieces)
For the filling
- 3 egg whites
- 175g Tate & Lyle Golden Caster Sugar
- 2 tbsp Lyle’s Golden Syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the Icing
- 200g Tate & Lyle Royal Icing Sugar
- Dash vanilla extract
- Colouring if wished
- Sprinkles to decorate
HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE
- Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line two baking sheets with baking paper.
- Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder into a bowl. In another bowl beat the butter and Tate & Lyle Golden Caster sugar together then beat in the egg and vanilla extract.
- Fold half of the flour into the mixture followed by half of the milk, repeat until all the ingredients are combined, adding the cherries if wished.
- Drop rounded dessert spoonful onto the trays 3-4 cm apart and bake for 10 minutes or until evenly golden on top. You will need to make two batches. Remove from the oven and cool a few minutes before transferring to a rack to cool.
- For the filling, put all the ingredients into a large bowl and set over a pan of simmering water. Using an electric whisk, whisk for 10 minutes. The ingredients will double in volume.
- Remove from the heat and continue to whisk until the mixture is very white and looks like thick meringue. Sandwich the whoopie pies together with the filling.
- For the icing, mix the Tate & Lyle Royal Icing sugar with 2-3 tablespoons cold water and vanilla extract. If preferred add a little food colouring. Spread a little on each whoopee pie and decorate with sprinkles.
A good choice of cake decorations can be found on www.thecakedecoratingcompany.co.uk
If you prefer chocolate whoopee pies, substitute 60g of the flour with cocoa powder. Traditional recipes use buttermilk in the cake batter which gives them a good lift, as this is not always easy to find, milk with a squeeze of lemon juice is a good substitute.