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coweepooh Aug 4, 2007 02:36 PM

Anywhere I can find a good red velvet cake or cupcake in the DC/NOVA area?

Also--someone mentioned to me there being a st germain bakery in alexandria, va--has anyone tried this? i couldnt find it when I googled it so maybe I heard wrong or spelled it wrong--help?

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Thanks!!

I went to Heidelberg Bakery in Arlington but ended up not liking most of their cakes...I guess Im used to chinese bakery cakes and I tried Shilla Bakery but it was just okay as well....

Really a huge fan of red velvet though so if anyone does know a good place that makes it with the yummy cream cheese topping too that would be awesome, thanks!!

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    Elyssa RE: coweepooh Aug 4, 2007 04:47 PM

    There was a thread on this issue a few months ago. I'm sure if you search for "red velvet cake" you'll find it.

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      Lydia R RE: Elyssa Aug 5, 2007 05:33 AM

      Elyssa's right. While the current search function is still clunky, it produced these prior threads:

      April 2006: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/177423
      Pastries by Randolph on Lee Highway in Arlington?

      March 2007: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/385812
      In the middle of the thread it notes that this boutique cupcake chain currently in SoCal, AZ and TX has its eyes on DC – anyone have info?

      May 2007: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/395469
      OK, now I’m missing Reeve’s Bakery even more…

      June 2007: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/409244
      Any feedback on the “BakeshopDC” lead?

    2. brooke RE: coweepooh Aug 5, 2007 03:27 AM

      I love the one from Buzz. Their carrot cupcakes are great, too.

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      Buzz
      901 Slaters Ln, Alexandria, VA 22314

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        sacrilicious RE: coweepooh Aug 6, 2007 07:33 AM

        I second the Buzz Bakery recommendation for cupcakes - only $2 too.

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          ayama RE: sacrilicious Aug 6, 2007 07:58 AM

          I thought the Buzz red velvet cupcake was a little dry. I went to cakelove on U street and it was slightly better. I had cold cupcakes from the fridge at the bakery, and I would recommend going across the street and eating at the love cafe instead.

          http://lovecafe.cakelove.com/

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          Jeserf RE: coweepooh Aug 7, 2007 11:44 AM

          Try Sticky Fingers.
          It is vegan, but everything I have ever had there has been fantastic - and I'm not a vegan.

          They have a lot of choices, and it's super yummy.

          great, now I want some.

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            kelly10561 RE: coweepooh Aug 22, 2007 09:05 PM

            I'm a cupcake maniac...and after trying every bakery in washington dc and NOVA, the best cupcakes are from BakeshopDC. their cupcakes are sold at Murky Coffee shops.

            i have ordered cupcakes from them a few times and they are amazing, i also just ordered a 3 layer birthday cake from there that was to die for! red velvet cupcakes are super moist and the chocolate cupcakes are the best i've had. coconut cupcakes are amazing too! and the baker is really cool and nice.

            Highly Recommended!

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              FayeD RE: kelly10561 Aug 23, 2007 08:51 AM

              Where is BakeshopDC located or where are the Murky Coffee shops in DC? Thanks

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                mselectra RE: FayeD Aug 23, 2007 10:13 AM

                I was at Murky Coffee last week (it's by Eastern Market
                http://www.murkycoffee.com/, I guess there's also one in Arlington)

                and they had no cupcakes -- I was told the "cupcake guy" hadn't been by in a while....

                So I'm now also wondering where Bakeshop DC is (I guess that's where this "cupcake guy" comes from), so I can go straight to the source. Their website doesn't seem to be complete, or at least I can't find an address there: http://www.bakeshopdc.com/

                Oh, wait, I found they have a MySpace page which indicates they don't actually have a home....

                Any one can shine light on this?

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                  FayeD RE: mselectra Aug 23, 2007 10:27 AM

                  Well they do actually have a Website but apparently no location. I googled them and located the website. There is a phone number and an e mail address on the web-site. I was hoping to try the Red velvet cupcakes while I am here for the next week so if anyone can find anything out, please advise. Thanks.

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                    FayeD RE: mselectra Aug 25, 2007 11:23 AM

                    I left a message at the phone number listed on the web site and the baker called me back a day later which was either yesterday or Thursday. Anyway, apparently he didn't know Murky was out of cupcakes and he delivered fresh batches to both locations a day or so ago. So there was supposed to be a good variety there. Maybe one of the DC hounds can go and report back. I am currently back home outside Philadelphia and while I will be back in DC Sunday afternoon not sure if these places are open or when I could get there. Can someone provide more information on whether either Murky location is right near a Metro stop? Thanks.

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                      MakingSense RE: FayeD Aug 25, 2007 11:39 AM

                      Sigh. The place BETA is so easy to use. If you can post a link to a website, you can do this too.
                      The Murkey at Eastern Market is almost within sight of the Eastern Market Metro stop.

                      Not sure if I picked the correct addresses for the choices the site BETA offered for Sticky Fingers and Cake Love. This feature doesn't always work completely accurately but it's a great start.
                      Really easy to use. Enter the name of the restaurant and the city and the rest is done for you.

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                      Murky Coffee
                      660 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003

                      Murky Coffee
                      3211 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

                      Cake Love
                      1506 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

                      Sticky Fingers Bakery
                      1904 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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                        kelly10561 RE: FayeD Aug 25, 2007 07:35 PM

                        I go to the Murky in Arlington and they always seem to be stocked with cupcakes from Bakeshopdc. I've ordered from there a few times and gotten to know the baker. He is looking for a nice little place to open his bakery, which I think is going to be amazing based on what I've tasted.

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                  Steve RE: coweepooh Aug 25, 2007 09:01 PM

                  There is a tiny place in Georgetown. I think it's called Baked and Wired, or something like that. Specializes in cupcakes and small baked goods. Probably the best in the area for cupcakes.

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                    pleen RE: Steve Aug 26, 2007 03:47 AM

                    I agree with Steve - Baked and Wired in Georgetown has delicious cupcakes - I did a taste test of 5 different cupcake places (3 in DC and 2 in NY, including the much lauded Magnolia Bakery) and Baked and Wired won in the carrot cupcake category.

                    IMHO, Cakelove is overrated - lots of media and splash with little substance when it comes to cupcakes.

                    There's a woman who goes to the Arlington Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings whose baked items are divine - she has cupcakes...
                    http://www.shoeboxoven.com/

                    Additionally, there's a cafe in Fall's Church that carries Le Cupcakes...the cake itself is lovely...I'm not a huge fan of the amaretto-laced frosting:
                    http://www.dailycandy.com/washington_...

                    For those in Alexandria, the super-sized cupcakes at Bittersweet always seem to satisfy the craving!

                    I haven't tried the cupcakes from Bakeshopdc, but I'm a SUCKER for their amazingly delish blueberry muffins! YUM!

                     
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