Vanilla whoopie pies

For smaller bites our Dr. Oetker Whoopie Pies are decorated with colourful sprinkles and are the perfect addition to an Easter afternoon tea.

Ingredients


  • 65 g (21/2 oz) baking margarine, softened
  • 100 g (31/2 oz) caster sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp dr. oetker natural vanilla extract
  • 200 g (7 oz) plain flour
  • 2.50 tsp dr. oetker baking powder
  • 75 ml (3 fl.oz) whole milk

To decorate
  • 200 g (7 oz) icing sugar
  • dr. oetker sugar strands
  • 65 g (21/2 oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp finely grated rind unwaxed orange

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan oven, 350°F/Gas 4). Line 2 large baking trays with baking parchment. In a mixing bowl, cream the margarine and sugar together until pale and creamy then beat in the egg yolk and 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract.
  2. Gradually sieve in the flour and baking powder, and add the milk, stirring well after each addition, to make a smooth, thick cake mixture. Spoon the mixture into a large piping bag fitted with a 1cm (1/2inch) plain nozzle.
  3. Pipe small mounds on the baking trays - you should be able to make 24. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes until risen, lightly golden and firm to the touch. Cool for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. For the icing, sift half the icing sugar into a mixing bowl and gradually mix in 10-15ml (2-3 tsp) water to make a smooth, spreadable icing. Spread thickly over the peaked side of 12 halves and sprinkle thickly with sugar strands. Leave for a few minutes to set.
  5. For the filling, put the butter in a mixing bowl and beat until soft. Gradually sieve in the remaining icing sugar, beating well after each addition, to make a smooth, spreadable icing. Add vanilla extract and spread thickly over the flat sides of the remaining pie halves. Sandwich 2 halves together to serve.




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