Hello loyal readers,
Today, whoopie pie aficionado Jeremy Woodward—along with a panel of his esteemed colleagues—chimes in on three pies sampled in the state of Maine. This guy is one of my favorite fiddle dads of all time, has his own IMDB page, and perhaps most saliently, he is the world’s first licensed Whoopie Pie Sommelier, an award bestowed right now by the Academy of Me. Congratulations, Jeremy.
I hope you enjoy his perceptive reviews as much as I did. Take heed, brave souls.
Sara’s Whoopie Pie
We picked up this pie at Amato’s, the ubiquitous Maine Italian sandwich joint. High hopes that this pie would prove to be both delicious and readily available.
Tasters found this to be not the case. Despite picking through the selection in the basket at the register, we couldn’t find one with sufficient filling. The most filled we managed to find was still a little short. (get it? short?)
The filling was sweet, shortening heavy, with little distinctive flavor. The cake was dry, with an ok crumb, but the cakes were far too tall and the filling too short (get it? short?)
Kudos to Amato’s for bringing the whoopie pie to every busy traffic intersection in the state of Maine, but this pie is an easy pass.
still searching, JDub
Waldo’s Whoopie Pie
Spoiler alert: this one’s a winner.
This pie came highly recommended by a extremely discerning Maine family, who find them on route 1 in Falmouth. As a measure of their confidence and impatience, the pie was delivered to your tasters before breakfast.
The cake was exceptional. Moist, dense, intensely chocolatey, with chocolate chips in the cake which give the cakes a great bite.
The tasters found the filling a little gritty with sugar. There was some disagreement whether this was desirable. Some enjoy the texture of a sugary filling, others prefer a perfectly smooth creme.
That said, this pie was enjoyed by all, and all readers are recommended to enjoy them wherever they are found.
still searching, JDub
(editor’s note: although the writer at The Big Whoop has recently ruled that she will only post positive reviews of WPs, she must agree in the sordid case of the Cape Whoopie)
Not actually made in the cape! What’s the deal? This poser failed to deliver.
The cake had a case of brownie dysmorphia. If it just accepted itself and came out as a brownie, it would be happy, welcome, loved by all. But trying to pass itself off as a whoopie pie cake, it’s a little awkward for everyone, and no-one is buying it,
The filling was pasty, and little bland. Inspection of the ingredient list reveals that it includes cream cheese. I want to give credit for the bold play, but sadly, it didn’t pan out well.
In fairness, I have to register the firm conviction of one taster that the brownie-style cake with a cream cheese filling makes a fantastic whoopie pie that she very much enjoyed. I cling to my narrow, definitional outlook, and hold firm that this is no whoopie pie for me.