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Which Whoopie Wins?

Lots of places are serving whoopie pies. But which ones are worth the calories? We tried nearly 20 to find the best.

Whoopie pies, cake-like rounds sandwiching creamy filling, are showing up all over. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Whoopie pies, the puck-size sandwich cakes that look like the offspring of an Oreo and a cupcake, are the handheld dessert of the moment, showing up at restaurants, bakeries, and supermarkets. We tried nearly 20 to find the best.

Whoopie pies, cake-like rounds sandwiching creamy filling, are showing up all over. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Eat Wonky. We give the gold medal to this food truck, which sells a changing cast of flavors (all $3) made at Sweet Ladies Bakery in Springfield. Our favorites were the moist chocolate cakes bookending vanilla and peanut-butter fillings. Locations at twitter.com/eatwonky.

Red Hook Lobster Pound. A close second is the Brooklyn-made pie ($3.50)—chocolate with marshmallowy filling—from this lobster-roll truck. Locations at twitter.com/lobstertruckdc.

Corner Bakery. Although this chain cafe uses cloyingly sweet icing—the vanilla is better than the peanut butter—the cakes ($1.75) had a nostalgic appeal and reminded us of Hostess Suzy Q’s. Multiple area locations.

Chris’s Cookies. Sure, they’re unconventional—purists might balk at the flat cakes and sparse filling—but the two-bite lemon renditions ($4.99 a dozen) from the New Jersey–based maker are tasty. Available at Whole Foods (multiple area locations).

This article appears in the March 2011 issue of The Washingtonian.

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