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Making whoopie... pies that is, at SusieCakes

A whoopie pie from SusieCakes Bakery in Los AngelesRapidly expanding bakery SusieCakes, well known for its red velvet cupcakes -- they won first place in the traditional category at this year's Los Angeles Cupcake Challenge -- recently added another retro dessert to its lineup of snickerdoodles and frosted animal cookies: whoopie pies. Already a trend in New York, whoopie pies remain a rare and unpredictable sight in Southern California.

SusieCakes makes theirs with an inch-thick layer of vanilla butter cream socked between two soft, doughy rounds of chocolate cake. A frosting-lover's dream, they're almost unbearably rich. Introduced May 15, they come in three diameters: 3½ inches ($5), 6 inches ($50) and 9 inches ($85). If you can consume even the smallest of these whoopie pies on your own, you've got a serious sugar addiction.

You can find them at any of SusieCakes' three locations -- Brentwood, Newport Beach and Calabasas -- and starting in late July, they'll be at SusieCakes' newest outpost: 3500 N. Sepulveda Blvd. No. 150, Manhattan Beach. (310) 303-3780. Just in time for the chain's original Brentwood location to celebrate its third anniversary on July 17.

--Elina Shatkin

Photo: Courtesy of SusieCakes

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These are such a yummy treat! I would love the recipe!


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