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When we were planning a menu for our Grease Musical Sunday party, we became stumped on the appropriate dessert. We wanted something sweet, maybe apple pie? No, we wanted chocolate for sure. Maybe ice cream? Too messy. How about cupcakes? So over done. Our answer appeared not as Frankie Avalon, but in the angelic form of Roxy Rubel, founder of the Los Angeles area company, Baking Whoopie, bearing a box of the latest tinseltown treats, the Whoopie Pie.
Roxy could not have found a better group of testers than our karaoke weary, Grease viewing crew. Little did she know she was delivering her homemade desserts to a house full of Pennsylvania people with Pennsylvania Dutch backgrounds! For many years, the Whoopie Pie was a regional treat, part of an Amish tradition that flourished in two American areas – central Pennsylvania and New England. I’m thrilled to find that thanks to Baking Whoopie this childhood favorite of mine is making a splash in the mainstream (and becoming a Hollywood fave in the process). A handheld, individual sandwich dessert consisting of two pieces of chocolate cake as the bread and gobs of sweet, creamy icing as the filling? Trust me, everyone should be eating Whoopie Pies.
If you’re in the Los Angeles area, you can order online and receive a special delivery of these must-try treats from Baking Whoopie – they deliver locally to homes, studios and businesses and also offer catering for special events. (And keep your eyes peeled for retail locations to come.) Our Grease party wrapped up our festivities with a delivery of a beautifully packaged box of Whoopie Pies in a delicious and inspiring array of flavors.
My grandma, who first taught me how to bake these sweet treats when I was in second grade, would approve of New Hampshire native Rubell’s Classic Whoopie Pie (Belgian Chocolate Cake, Vanilla Marshmallow Crème). It has that perfect, almost dark chocolate taste and the firm texture required of the cake and a sweet, not overly done, creamy center. One bite and I was whisked away to a warm and cozy kitchen baking with my Grandma.
And, if this is your first taste of the Amish treat, you will soon understand where they got their name. Amish woman traditionally place this dessert in their husbands lunch pails. Legend has it, the men folk get so happy upon seeing the treat in their lunch box they shout “Whoopie!”
I was ready to shout with glee (maybe dance a jig) when I had a look at all the flavor variations offered by Baking Whoopie. With offerings like Red Velvet Mocha (Red Velvet Cake with Mocha Crème), Maple Cinnamon (Maple Cake w/cinnamon Crème), Lemon Ginger (Meyer Lemon Cake, Lemon Zest Crème) and Peanut Butter and Caramel (Peanut Butter Cake, Salted Caramel) it’s enough to make anyone start dancing with joy. The button-like chocolate drop in the center of many flavors of these cakes adds an extra sweet and unique touch to these all-American treats made with pride from Baking Whoopie.
Testers – did these little desserts have you whooping with joy?
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