- 4 ounces( 1 stick) butter, softened
- 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, Dutch-process if you have it
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk, low fat is fine
- 3/4 cup evaporated milk
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 4 ounces butter (1 stick)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 large egg yolks, slightly beaten
- 1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
- 1 cup chopped pecans
In a large mixer bowl with electric mixer, cream butter with sugar until smooth and creamy. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
Add about 1/3 of the dry mixture to the creamed mixture, along with half of the buttermilk. Beat until blended. Add another 1/3 of the flour mixture to the batter, along with the remaining buttermilk. Beat until blended. Blend in the remaining 1/3 of the flour mixture until batter is smooth.
Drop batter on the prepared baking sheet or muffin top pan, about 1/4-cup at a time, leaving about 2 inches between the mounds. You should be able to bake 6 at a time. Bake for about 14 to 16 minutes, until the cakes spring back when lightly touched. Transfer cakes to a rack to cool completely.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the evaporated milk, sugars, butter, and vanilla. Bring the mixture to a full boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Quickly whisk a small amount of the hot liquid (about 1/3 to 1/2 cup) into the beaten yolks. Return yolk mixture to the hot mixture in the saucepan and blend well. Return to the heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Lower heat to medium-low and boil gently, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in the coconut and pecans. Cool until the mixture reaches spreading consistency, stirring frequently.
When the filling is thick and spreadable, spread a generous amount on the bottom (flat side) of a cake. Place another cake on the first one to make a whoopie pie.
Makes about 12 large whoopie pies.
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