Ok, here it is, Alexandria Cupcake, the last place we stopped at on our whirlwind DC cupcake tour! And thank God it was the last one…I don’t think I could have taken much more.
But things ended on a high note because this place was AWESOME. Located in Old Town Alexandria, it was in a super tiny little space that was very basic and no frills (as you can see from the pics) with only one tiny table and two tiny chairs, but it was by far our FAVORITE place we tried out of the four. These people totally know how to do cupcakes…the cake was super moist and perfect texture and the buttercream was exactly that…BUTTERcream. It was so silky smooth and delicious…holy cow, I could have just eaten the frosting. And nothing artificial was used to flavor these cupcakes, which I could really appreciate!
We chose 3 different kinds and somehow managed to eat every last bite of them. You know a cupcake is good when after eating a dozen plus cupcakes, you somehow manage to find room for three more–thank God we were sharing!!
Well, that’s a wrap of my DC cupcake binge. HAH. Hope you all enjoyed reading and found some new cupcake places to visit next time your in the DC area. And if you know of any I didn’t get to, I’d love to hear about them!
Disclaimer (again): Pics taken with phone, at night. In two different places.
After our adventure at Sprinkles, Joelle and I headed to Georgetown Cupcakes…to wait in a really long line. If you’re not familiar, these gals have a show on TLC and therefore have lines out their door that wrap around the block! It actually wasn’t too bad when we arrived and I believe we ended up waiting about 45 minutes before we got inside.
The inside of the store was very cramped and definitely not made for crowds of people/fans. There were only a couple of tables so we knew right away we’d wouldn’t be able to stay. We picked out four different kinds of cupcakes and headed to the next bakery to eat them, hoping there would be adequate tables at the next place.
We didn’t have high hopes for this place. Joelle had tried them once before and had not been too impressed and I had heard from other people that had been there that they weren’t great. So we started trying them and the moment of truth–they weren’t bad! I was honestly surprised! The cakes were all moist and the frosting was pretty good, not the best I’ve ever had but definitely yummy.
Here are the flavors we tried and the description of each from Georgetown’s website:
Vanilla Birthday: Classic madagascar bourbon vanilla cupcake topped with a traditional sweet vanilla buttercream frosting and rainbow sprinkles.
Chocolate Mint Crunch: Valrhona chocolate cupcake baked with mint cookie pieces, topped with mint-infused whipped Callebaut chocolate frosting and mint cookie crumble.
Lemon Blossom: Light lemon cupcake with a lemon cream cheese frosting topped with a candied lemon.
Chocolate PB Chip: Valrhona chocolate cupcake baked with peanut butter chips topped with a peanut butter frosting and a chocolate ganache drizzle.
Oh I should mention these cupcakes were UNDER $3 each which was nice! And a total surprise.
Ok, so who has been to Georgetown Cupcake?? I want to hear your review!
Disclaimer: These pictures were taken with my phone. At night. Sorry.
I recently took a whirlwind trip to DC to visit one of my best friends, Joelle. I had already visited once a few years ago and got the full tourist experience–we hit up all the landmarks and historic places. It was awesome! So this time we did something a little different than most people do who visit DC: we had one HUGE girls weekend with shopping and eating 24/7. It. Was. Awesome.
One of my stated goals while I was in DC was to hit up a few cupcake shops that we didn’t have in little ‘ole Springfield, MO; namely Sprinkles and Georgetown. These two are probably a couple of the best known bakeries in the country thanks to TV and I had to see what all the hype is about. We also got around to Alexandria Cupcake and a bonus bakery that a random lady at Sprinkles told us about called Baked and Wired, but for now I’ll start with our least favorite of the four: Sprinkles.
Yes, I know. How could I?! Everyone loves Candace Nelson on Cupcake Wars. She’s the pretty judge, the cupcake queen, the “founder of the world’s first cupcake bakery”, etc, etc. But I have to be honest…I simply was not impressed with her cupcakes like I thought I would be. They weren’t horrible, just not exciting and amazing. The flavors were very reserved and honestly kind of boring (much like the small, two-table storefront!). We chose Vanilla, Chocolate Marshmallow, Chai Latte and Cinnamon Sugar.
Cinnamon Sugar was the least favorite…I guess we didn’t get the memo it was sans frosting and more close in likeness to a buttermilk cinnamon sugar muffin.
Next, Chocolate Marshmallow…the cake was a good, mild chocolate cake but it just barely had a dollop of marshmallow creme in the middle and a thick layer of chocolate over the whole cupcake. It was just ok also.
Next the Vanilla, which was pretty good. It had a nice vanilla flavor and the frosting was not too sweet, but all the sprinkles covering the top of it kind of ruined it for me. I mean, there were ALOT of sprinkles covering that thing.
Joelle and I agreed the Chai Latte was definitely the best one with a yummy chai flavor throughout the cupcake and frosting. Oh, and those little dot things on top? Definitely NOT edible.
So Sprinkles was indeed a bit disappointing but things only got better from there. I’ll have three more reviews of the other bakeries coming over the next three weeks so stay tuned! But before you go I have to ask–have you ever been to Sprinkles and if so, what was your impression?? Did you like it? The best you’ve ever had or have you had better?? I’m curious!