I am about to cave and commit a common, Washington, D.C. food-crime. I am going to talk about cupcakes.
Cupcakes are all the rage in D.C. and I heartily blame their continued popularity on the multitude of cupcake/baking shows on TV.
I’m more of a crème brulee kind of gal, but I can get on board with a cupcake every once in a while. If you’re a cupcake lover, D.C. is the place to be. We have as many cupcake shops as we do monuments. So, if you’re in the mood for a sweet treat, here are the best places to visit:
In addition to their hit show on TLC, Georgetown Cupcake is deservedly well-known for its creative cupcakes. This bakery is owned by two sisters, Katherine and Sophie, who quit their corporate jobs in order to focus on their true passion, baking. Their main shop is located in the Georgetown neighborhood in D.C. It’s easy to spot — look for the line around the block.
Georgetown Cupcake has set itself apart from other bakeries with its cupcake menu that features unique batter flavors and tasty frosting. They have weekly and seasonal specials—ranging from Lemon Blossom to Hummingbird and Irish Crème to Pumpkin Spice. Of course, the classics like chocolate and vanilla are always available. Also, there are always options for those who are gluten free. I highly recommend the classic red velvet cupcake—it seems to be a D.C. favorite.
Georgetown Cupcake (Home Location–Washington, D.C.)
3301 M Street NW (corner of 33rd & M)
Washington, DC 2000
Baked & Wired
There must be something in the water in Georgetown, because just down the road is another cupcake shop worthy of a visit. But, don’t call them “cupcakes,” they are actually “cakecups” here!
Baked & Wired is tucked between busy M Street and the water. Take a jaunt down Thomas Jefferson Street and you will see this whimsical bakery after you cross the canal.
Cupcake suggestions? Where to start? The “Chocolate Cupcake of Doom” will definitely knock your socks off…as will the “Flapjack,” featuring maple brown butter cake and topped with caramel buttercream frosting. Like bacon? Feel free to order some candied bacon bits for the top! A fruit lover? Try the “Smurfette”; lemon cake, fresh blueberries, and lemon buttercream frosting. Honestly, you can’t go wrong.
Baked & Wired
1052 Thomas Jefferson Street NW
Washington, DC 20007
Just kitty-corner to Baked & Wired is Sprinkles Cupcakes—the “world’s first cupcake bakery.” Founded by Candace Nelson in 2005, this pioneering cupcake bakery has been credited with starting the “cupcake craze.” Known for its fresh ingredients and spices, Sprinkles has become the go-to bakery for A-list stars and cupcake connoisseurs alike! Oprah Winfrey, Blake Lively, and Ryan Seacrest are all Sprinkles fans.
So, when visiting the matriarch of cupcake bakeries, what should a visitor order? Well, there are classics like coconut, pumpkin, chocolate, and vanilla, but more adventurous tasters might want to try the chai latte, ginger lemon, or triple cinnamon cupcake. Sprinkles also serves up numerous options for gluten-free, vegan, and sugar-free customers. Also, don’t forget Fido! There are “doggie cupcakes” available each day of the week.
3015 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20007
Crumbs Bake Shop
If you need a variety of delicious cupcakes, then Crumbs Bakeshop is the place for you. In D.C. alone, there are five locations. Crumbs was born in Manhattan in 2003 and became widely known for its myriad of cupcake flavors. More than 50 flavors are baked fresh every day and a new cupcake flavor is offered every Monday. Also, their cupcakes come in a variety of sizes—from “Taste” (1 in) to “Colossal” (6.5 inches).” In short, there’s a size for every sweet tooth.
While you’re planning your escape to the nearest Crumbs, you should also think about how you are going to fill your 6-pack of cupcakes… Some good options? Caramel Apple, Blackout (cake filled with fudge and topped with chocolate cream cheese frosting), Cannoli (yep, it has a cannoli on top!), Tiramisu, Pumpkin, and Vanilla Coconut are all amazing options. Getting a cupcake from Crumbs is like eating candy in cupcake form–prepare yourself!
Crumbs Bakeshop (Most Convenient Location for travelers in D.C.)
40 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20002