Go figure. If you hold a whoopie pie bake-off promising samples for community and celebrity judges alike, you’ll draw a big crowd. Oddfellows was filled to the brim Wednesday morning as 24 hopefuls competed in the first annual Whoopie Pie Bake Off.
Organizer Tallulah Anderson of Linda’s empire of bars and restaurants tells CHS that the point of the whole thing was the pie. “The goal of the Whoopie Pie Bake Off was to have a fun, free event that is open to the community and brings together both professional and home bakers (our youngest contestant is 7 years old!) over the common love of Whoopie Pies,” Anderson wrote in an e-mail.
Oddfellows’ back communal table was overflowing with entries and a large crowd waited to sample — and judge — the pillowy cake sandwiches. Celebrity judges were in charge of awarding one set of honors. The assembled celebs: Rocker John Roderick, Chamber of Commerce head Michael Wells, ice cream entrepreneur Molly Moon, the Stranger’s Christopher Frizzelle and Chelsea Lin of Seattle CitySearch. Meanwhile, community attendees were also voting for a people’s choice award whoopie victor. Prizes? Mostly honor but some other gifts and goodies including art from CakeSpy were up for grabs. Early buzz is that entry #13, a traditional style but reportedly delicious pie, was set to, um, take the cake. More details from CakeSpy on bake-off rules here.
We’re told the genesis for the event was a tweet from Babeland‘s marketer Audrey McManus regarding her whoopie pie skills. When a friend passed the boast along to Oddfellows, the battle was on.
We’ll have results from the voting later today. Please, no wagering.
Here’s the winner of the “Best Traditional” category, seven-year-old Eliza Dworkin from the team entry, Chef Eliza and Sous Chef Robin. We’ll see if we can weasel a recipe out of Team Eliza.