Chocolate, Coconut, and Pecans
I love whoopie pies and always trying to come up with different creations and versions of them. There is something that makes me smile when I hear the word combination: chocolate, pecans, and coconut.
This german chocolate version is just like a piece of the traditional cake, loaded with the classic components of chocolate icing and gooey coconut and pecan filling. Mmmmmm.
I start with a great classic chocolate whoopie pie cookie batter. You can get the recipe here, it hails from a great Amish cookbook I found in a great Amish bakery.
The Components-Chocolate Buttercream & Coconut Pecan Filling
You can use your favorite chocolate buttercream recipe or here is a recipe that I use time and time again that is creamy and delicious.
4 T shortening
4 T unsalted butter-soft
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 TBS milk
1 tsp vanilla
Cream the butter and shortening. Add the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, milk, and vanilla and mix on low till combined. Increase your mixer to medium high and mix about 1-2 minutes till light and fluffy. Add more milk to the desired consistency if too thick.
Coconut Pecan Filling
1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
3 egg yolks
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1 TBS vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup coconut
In a saucepan, place the butter, sugars, milk, and yolks and heat on medium low stirring constantly till thickened. Be careful not to heat too high or it will scramble the yolks. It will have the look of a brown sugar paste. Remove from stove and add the vanilla, pecans, coconut. Allow to cool before using. I also put this in the refrigerator and it freezes well too!
Once your whoopie pies are cooled, find partners of the same size and good match. Line them up like this:
A piping bag works the best, add your coconut pecan filling and snip off the end to pipe a good dollop onto the bottom of each pie base.
Fill your buttercream in a piping bag, and pipe a good amount on top of the coconut pecan filling.
Place the tops on the fillings and there you have it! An awesome whoopie pie replicating the great classic cake!