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.
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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