"I have the palate of a five-year-old," says Jennifer Voories, the DC baker behind a line of desserts called Sweet Moe's. Her treats, though, are tailored to more adult tastes. A Ding Dong looks like the flat-topped Hostess cake of the same name, but it's made with chocolate cake and cinnamon-laced cream filling devoid of a chemical aftertaste.
Voories's fascination with kid-friendly food dates from her childhood. She grew up across from a Hostess outlet in Michigan and regularly shopped the day-old store for Sno Balls and Wonder Bread.
Her crowning achievement so far is a take on Archway's petal-edged Frosty Lemon cookies. She says she struggled to do justice to the lemony glaze, but her version is brightly citrusy and not too sweet. It tops a light, crisp cookie--a perfect afternoon snack for sweets lovers of all ages.
Some Sweet Moe's items are on the menu at Red Palace. Voories also takes orders on Sweet Moe's Facebook page.
This article appears in the April 2012 issue of The Washingtonian.