Whoopie pies are the new cupcakes

a vegan whoopie pie

And Whoopie Limited, who have popularised these little spherical cakes across Auckland, make a couple of vegan varieties! The one pictured above is chocolate & coconut, and there is a ‘hummingbird’-style flavour I’ve yet to try.

Whoopie pies are a little bigger than an average cupcake, and are made of two half-spherical cakes, glued together with icing. The story goes that they were invented in 1920s Maine by Amish women. Farmers, finding these cakes in their lunch box, would shout “Whoopie!” – hence the name.

You can find whoopie pies at La Cigale French Market on Saturdays, or from their shop in Grey Lynn, at 2A Hakanoa Street.

If a whole pie is too much dessert for you, little vegan cake pops are also available, and Whoopie told me on their Facebook page that they are “hoping to introduce more vegan flavours very soon.”

 

Vegan Month of Food 2012

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