I'm sure I'm not the only one that assumed the whoopie pie was yet another sugar/butter-laden southern creation? Alas, whoopie pies are the official state treat of Maine; and are said to be a Pennsylvania Amish tradition that possibly first came about as a solution for leftover cake batter. Wherever these treats came from, their soft chocolate exterior and fluffy frosting make whoopie pies a dessert superior to cupcakes (*gasp*).
Ok, ok...I do like cupcakes, but I kind of love the cake/frosting ratio and shape (handheld!) of whoopie pies. And all the flavor options of cupcakes are STILL possible in a way less high-maintenance fashion.