Is it a biscuit? Is it a cake? No, it's a WHOOPIE PIE!
With dad's good looks and mum's spongy texture, these whoopie pies embody a delicious missing link between the species biscuit and cake. My first impression as I was given a sample was that it would be something like a melting moment or yo-yo biscuit - I did not expect that soft comfort of first bite into cake.
These trickster delights come in two sizes; the smaller are of a 50-cent coin size- the perfect bite-size sugar hit without guilty indulgence - the larger is close to that cupcakes. In fact, the whoopie pie strongly resembles the cupcake in its richness and dough, and the fillings are very much like those of cupcake icings. For those who lament the often soaring towers of icing nestled upon cupcakes, the whoopie pie offers a more balanced ratio.
And flavours? Again, not unfamiliar to Melbournian cupcake lovers; red velvet, cookies and cream, classic chocolate - even carrot cake is among them! In fact, it is believed that whoopie pies were originally made from leftovers of cake batter.
So why have we not heard of the whoopie pie before?
This treat actually has its roots in the US (reflected perhaps in the aesthetics of their logo?). The exact origins are disputed, but claims range from Pennsylvania to Maine to the Amish children who are said to have shouted out "whoopie!" when they were made. Regardless, the sweet sandwich eventually packed its bags and headed downunder - first a craze in Perth and now spreading its magic to Melbourne.
The Whoopie Pie Bakery in Camberwell is the first in Australia to specialise solely in Whoopie Pies.
Drop by, try a couple of different flavours in the mini size with a coffee or pot of tea - the staff are super friendly. And keep track of new flavours to come on their website.