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Strawberry whoopie pies

Serves 12
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes

"Are they cakes or cookies? Why are they called pies? I can’t really answer these questions, but whoopie pies are a US classic. Strawberry cake is a Southern tradition and these ‘pies’ combine two American classics seamlessly. The result is a beautiful pink sandwich that's moist and fruity."

Ingredients

Method

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 175 gm butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla essence
  • ½ tsp strawberry essence
  • Few drops of red food colouring (optional)
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup pureed strawberries
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 200 gm cream cheese
  • 125 gm butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 3 cups icing sugar
View the method
  1. Preheat oven to 170°C. Prepare baking trays by covering them with baking paper.
  2. Puree enough strawberries to make a cup, a whole punnet should be perfect.
  3. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the egg and mix well.
  5. In another bowl, mix the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder.
  6. In a third bowl, mix together the milk, vanilla essence, strawberry essence, half the pureed strawberries and food colouring if using.
  7. Add a third of the dry mixture to the butter mixture and mix until combined.
  8. Add a third of the wet mixture and mix.
  9. Alternate adding dry and wet until all ingredients are combined in the large bowl.
  10. Drop heaped tablespoons of batter 4 cm apart on the baking trays. The batter will make about 24.
  11. Bake for 8-10 minutes. When done, they will be slightly brown and a knife inserted into the middle will come out clean. Let cool completely on trays for 10 minutes, transfer to a rack until completely cool.
  12. Frosting: Cream the butter and cream cheese until well combined.
  13. Add the vanilla essence and mix.
  14. Add the icing sugar gradually while mixing.
  15. Fold in the rest of the strawberry puree.
  16. When the cakes have cooled, spread or pipe frosting on flat side, then add another to make a sandwich. Makes about 12 sandwiches.
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