Bakery Desserts

Sugar Rush

Edited by Suzanne Loudermilk Haughey - February 2014

Our Favorite Bakery Desserts

Sugar Rush

Edited by Suzanne Loudermilk Haughey - February 2014

Whoopie Pies, Aunt Erma's -Photography by Christopher Myers

Aunt Erma's

Pennsylvania Dutch Market, 11121 York Rd., Cockeysville, 410-316-1534.

The pies, cakes, and cookies at this busy spot in a corner of the market look and taste like they're fresh from a home kitchen. There are whoopie pies filled with peanut butter, mint, or chocolate-chip cream; classic apple, shoofly, and chocolate-chiffon pies; rice-cereal treats; pistachio cupcakes; and pumpkin cake rolls with cream-cheese frosting.

Editor's pick: The chocolate-peanut-butter cookie with a peanut-butter cup embedded in the center.

Atwaters

Several locations including 429 E. Belvedere Ave., 410-323-2396.

The bakery/cafe may be more known for its inventive soups and rustic breads that are also crafted into assorted sandwiches, but plenty of sweet stuff also comes out of its kitchens.

Editor's pick: The Pimlico cake—a Baltimore classic with yellow chiffon cake with Bavarian cream between the layers and a chocolate-ganache frosting dotted with walnuts.

Dangerously Delicious Pies

Several locations including 2839 O'Donnell St., 410-522-7437.

Owner Rodney Henry has made a lucrative career out of rolling dough. His concoctions—from the sweet chocolate-ganache chess pie to the savory steak pie—have drawn attention for their tender, flaky crusts and fresh ingredients.

Editor's pick: The Elvis pie—peanut buttercream with Swiss chocolate topped with bacon.

Patisserie Poupon

Two locations including 820 E. Baltimore St., 410-332-0390.

Owner/baker Joseph Poupon's confections are known not only for their taste, but also for their artistic presentations. For example, the Fraisier has a marzipan finish decorated with a white-chocolate-dipped strawberry and is cut to expose sliced strawberries within.

Editor's pick: The Royale—a dense chocolate-mousse cake topped with chocolate petals cupping whole hazelnuts in the center.

Piedigrotta Bakery

1300 Bank St., 410-522-6900.

The counters are piled high with all sorts of treats—cheesecake, pannetone, and lush fruit pies. But proprietor/baker Carminantonio Iannaccone also turns out one of the most delicious tiramisus in town, which makes sense. He claims to have invented the treat laden with ladyfingers, mascarpone, and Marsala wine in his native Italy.

Editor's pick: Tiramisu, of course.

Makin' Whoopie! Fun Fact

According to food historians, Amish women baked whoopie pies and packed them in farmers' lunches. When the farmers would find the treats in their lunch pails, they would shout “Whoopie!"

Local Legacy

Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Maine have all laid claim to the prestigious title of 'Birthplace of the Whoopie Pie'





You May Also Like


On The Town

These Fall Drinks Will Warm Your Soul This Season

Local bars, breweries, and coffee shops are taking full advantage of fall.

Food & Drink

Radical Growth

As Red Emma’s turns 15, it has become a model for a number of worker co-ops in the city.

In Good Taste

Open & Shut: Pekara; Cōl Bōl Pop-Up; Melody Cafe

The latest restaurant openings, closings, and recent news.


The Chatter

New Club Brings Together Baltimoreans With Shared Dining Interests

As it develops, the Baltimore Supper Club hopes to bridge neighborhood gaps.

In Good Taste

Open & Shut: Crust by Mack; Le Comptoir du Vin; The Haute Dog Carte

The latest restaurant openings, closings, and recent news.

Food & Drink

Eat Global

From Afghanistan to Vietnam, take a culinary journey around the world without ever leaving Baltimore.

Whoopie Pies, Aunt Erma's -Photography by Christopher Myers

Connect With Us

Most Read


History of Baltimore's Bygone Synagogues Captured in New Plein Air Art Exhibit: Collection of oil paintings on view at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation through October 28.

The Mare Projects Connects Communities in the African Diaspora: Works from their first-ever residency program will be on display at Gallery CA.

The Book Thing Starts Next Chapter Under New Management: Here’s what to know when planning a visit to Baltimore’s free-to-all bookshop.

Cardinal Art Walks Explore Works Outside of the Gallery's Bolton Hill Walls: The ongoing fall exhibition is meant to make participants see the city in a new way.

A New Production of 'The Phantom of the Opera' Is Headed to the Hippodrome: Go behind the mask with the tour's Phantom, Derrick Davis.