Tuesday, September 28, 2010

DC Cupcake tastings

We recently spent a day in DC tasting cupcakes, helping our friends choose a vendor for their wedding. I love cupcakes at weddings! Since I am a bit of a cupcake expert, they asked me to lend my opinion. We tried 4 places: Hello Cupcake, Red Velvet, Georgetown Cupcakes, and Buzz. We sampled 4 different flavors from each, took them all back to the house, and had everyone dig in.

We came up with a clear winner, but first, the contenders:

Hello Cupcake was super cute in the shop, very bright and cheery.

They had some great flavor selections, although they don't offer a red velvet, because they don't use artificial ingredients, such as red food dye. That was a bit disappointing, as the bride and groom specifically wanted red velvet. There are other ways to achieve the red tint, by using red cocoa or beet juice. The cupcakes were tasty though, especially the lemon.

Next up was Red Velvet, a small storefront. No room to eat, just a counter and cupcakes. Although they do have a deal with the place next door so their customers can sit somewhere if they want.

I liked that they had customized cupcake wrappers, a nice touch.

They also had a good selection of flavors, including a special daily flavor of honey-mascarpone. yum! We got red velvet, Carrot, Mocha, and the daily flavor. Ironically enough, their red velvet cupcake wasn't great.

Of course we had to go to Georgetown Cupcakes. We were all skeptical, because of the hype, the line outside, and the "reality" TV show. After waiting only a few minutes, we got inside and ordered. There was a bouncer at the door letting people in, and handing out menus to those in line to keep things flowing and organized.

Also a very cute shop, not much room for eating, but a few tables. Although with the amount of people in there trying to order, it's not a very relaxing place to enjoy a cupcake. We got caramel apple, red velvet, lemon, and chocolate hazelnut. Their cupcakes looked the cutest and came with little decorations, such as heart toppers on the red velvets.

Last was Buzz, a cafe that serves cupcakes. Sorry, no pics of the shop.

Our friends like this place for the mocha cupcake specifically, so we got that, caramel apple, red velvet, and a cute flower cupcake.

This looked like a fun place to hang out on a Sunday, read the paper, have a coffee. It's not a cupcakery specifically.

Now, the verdict. The hands down winner was.... Georgetown Cupcakes!

The hype is justified, these were great!

Best red velvet of the bunch, the only let down was the chocolate hazelnut. They were the cutest, tastiest, and cheapest of all that we tried. They also offer bulk discounts.

We had a fun day driving around buying cupcakes, and even more fun trying them all. I can't wait to see which flavors our friends choose for their wedding!


jfstegel said...

You forgot to mention how awesome the caramel apple was from Georgetown cupcake. It might be making a showing in November.

Thanks again for all your expertise.

Tania said...

John- they were all awesome i think! Although I'm a bit fuzzy on the details, sugar overload. Can't wait to try them again.