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So there's a new cupcake place opening just off M Street in Georgetown, on Potomac St. Their sign says they're "opening soon." Should be interesting.

In other M Street food news, they opened a new Qdoba to compete with the Chipotle, as well as a second Starbucks outpost.

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  1. ^^Between Booyemonger and Dean & Deluca?

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    1. re: beauxgoris

      Yes, in the spot where there used to be a little boutique.

    2. That is so exciting! I've been hoping DC would join in the cupcake craze!!

      1. This place is five years late. The cupcake crazy came and gone--in every city but here (we never had too many options)-- for a good reason. Hopefully this place with be more like a bakery with a wide range of sweets.I think cupcakes are too trendy and overrated. Now if they opened a place exclusively devoted to brownies that would be another story...

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        1. re: Jacey

          I don't really care about the timliness of the trend as much as if they offer red velvet cupcakes. Then I will be their best customer. I full-heartedly support the cupcake trend. Plus it allows me to indulge without having to buy an entire cake myself. :)

          1. re: Elyssa

            So when are they due to open?

            1. re: Elyssa

              If you love red velvet cupcakes, you have to try the one from Buzz Bakery and Cafe in Alexandria. Across the street from their sister restaurant Rustico. I tried it at the Del Ray Arts Festival this past year. The cashier commented that "Oh, she spotted the red velvet cupcakes" when she saw my face light up.

              Lots of cream cheese frosting.

              1. re: Elyssa

                there's a great red velvet cupcake at baked & wired in gtown. right off of M street on thomas jefferson.
                try it :)

                1. re: bella00

                  I had their red velvet cupcake a week ago and it was perfect. Moist cake and delicious frosting. I'm totally sold on Baked and Wired now and not really loving Georgetown Cupcake. I took my sister-in-law to B & W this weekend so she could get the red velvet (her wedding cake flavor). I got the delicious coconut cupcake. Mmmmm!

              2. re: Jacey

                I disagree...slightly...Jacey. The problem isn't that cupcakes are trendy and overrated. The problem is that people try to charge too much for them. Long after the trendiness is gone, people will still be looking for a good cupcake (whether its from one of these hoidy-toidy places, or Giant Food). If you go to NYC or Chicago...or any big city with a foodie culture, you'll find places that have served great cupcakes for eons...and reasonable prices.

                1. re: Sean D

                  Disagree--they are a trend. The new trend is rice pudding. DC will get that in about 7 years.

                  1. re: Jacey

                    I think there is a slight difference, Jacey. I don't think that rice pudding is going to be the type of item that will inspire people to open up gourmet pudding shops, or to write cover stories on food magazines. You're right that they are a trend, in terms of this. But, I've never seen a time in my 40+ years when cupcakes weren't a typical takeaway item in grocery stores, bakeries, or bake sales.

                    1. re: Sean D

                      "gourmet (rice) pudding shops"
                      http://www.ricetoriches.com/frameset....

                      I wish they had a branch here in DC.

                      1. re: bogart

                        Exactly, Bogart.

                        Sean D: If I were you, I'd research how food trends develop. Cupcakes used to be for little kids to pass out on their birthdays at school, now look at them. Look how sun dried tomatoes, miso-everything, tangy yogurt, etc came to be popular. Tangy yogurt started off in Korean markets years ago. Look at it now. I work in the food/marketing industry, and understand what has potential. Rice pudding is an upcoming trend, as was bubble tea a few years ago, and tangy yogurt now (all these have an Asian influence).

                        1. re: Jacey

                          this is a great reply, hope that it isn't moderated.

                          1. re: WestIndianArchie

                            Thanks, I think a lot of people who think they are foodies know very little about food and food trends. Often their opinions get intertwined...

                          2. re: Jacey

                            Thanks for the advice, Jacey. I too have been in business for over 20 years and I have degrees in communications, marketing, and a recent MBA. (I'm also Asian.)

                            With all due respect to you and Bogart, it's a very, very desperate stretch to equate a multi-faceted, takeaway food like a cupcake with a developing fad like rice pudding. Sure, they are both fad-driven, but do they both subscribe to the same range of business models? Can they both appeal to the same type of vertical markets? Do they both appeal to the same target market? If you can reconcile these (and other) business factors, you have a vivid imagination.

                            Yes, many food fads have an Asian influence. However, this does not really determine how those fads will manifest themselves in the marketplace. To say that rice pudding is going to be the type of product that will be classified as a "disruptive innovation" to cupcakes is farfetched.

                            BTW - Your quasi-elitist foodie attitude is a bit pathetic.

                          3. re: bogart

                            I've been to that rice pudding place. It's good. I remember when I saw it a few years ago I was shocked that there was a rice-pudding only shop....only in NYC :)

                            It's a fun concept, but I don't think a city really needs more then one.

                            1. re: bogart

                              if we get a branch here, do we also get an illegal cockfighting ring?

                              http://gothamist.com/2005/02/03/rice_...

                        2. re: Sean D

                          Sean D: Could you please list one or two of those places in NYC or Chicago that sell great cupcakes for reasonable prices? Do you mean supermarkets? Ignoring supermarkets, other than Baltimore and Philly, I have not found simple, good cupcakes in the 60 cent range. (Of course, I have visited only a few cities.)

                          1. re: bmorecupcake

                            Honestly, I can't name any places in NYC or Chi, bmorecupcake because they are so common. I've been to plenty of them over the years. If you can find a place that sells homemade black and white cookies, hamentashen (sp?), cannolis, baklava, etc in NYC or Chi, its not unusual for them to have killer cupcakes. I don't include supermarket cupcakes and I was thinking of cupcakes that are between $1.50 and $2.50. I've even found such stuff in little news stands type food places in train and bus stations in those cities. I think that one of the problems is that we tend to see cupcakes mostly in their trendy dimension, as opposed to something that has always been around.

                            1. re: bmorecupcake

                              Bmorecupcake/Sean D: Most delis that have cupcakes are either overly processed or shipped in. Often they get them from places like Sysco and sell them. This is very common at a lot of places I believe Sean is referring to. By my old apt in NYC, I went to a couple of delis on a regular basis and I used to chat with the guys who worked there. Some things like cakes and cupcakes were too messy and time consuming/messy to make on the grounds, so they would outsource them from the same place all 400 delis would. There are some delis that do make their own, but they're usually not using high quality ingredients.

                              Bmorecupcakes, if you are ever on the UWS in NYC, stop by Fairways (or one of their other locations). They make their own sweets and are quite good and reasonable. Then again, just about everything at Fairways is great.

                        3. Georgetown Cupcakes opens on Valentine's Day and I was in there Sunday evening ordering cupcakes for a Tarts & Vicars party - which has been postponed but the cupcakes are soooo beautiful! They had Red Velvet, Chocolate chocolate, key lime, mocha, lemon, etc. They will have Illy coffee. It will be so cute and convenient too - three doors off of Wisc. just past Subway. So I will have the Jerrod veggie delite and then go for a cupcake. I still love Booeys and D&D. But this is so Bridget Jones. Anyone joining me on 2/14/08??

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                          1. re: Principessa Overboard

                            So they DO have Red Velvet!!! That's great news. Do you know if it had cream cheese frosting? Did you get to taste the cupcakes or just see them?

                            1. re: Elyssa

                              Will be going today to pick up some cupcakes! If you're going there, might as well do a taste test between Georgetown Cupcakes and Baked&Wired, just a few blocks down:
                              http://www.bakedandwired.com/baked.htm#

                          2. All I wanted for Valentine's Day was a cupcake from Georgetown Cupcake. Some co-workers attempted to visit around lunchtime and they were ALREADY sold out! Hoping they'd bake a few more batches up I started calling around 2pm and 4pm and 6pm and finally at 7:30 someone finally answered, as I was walking into Georgetown to try my luck. No cupcakes! But, they assured me, they'd be open tomorrow from 11am-7pm. Which is awesome, because I don't live and work anywhere near them.

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                            1. re: togflx

                              I will be going next friday, and may try to get the whole "Georgetown Cupcake vs Baked and Wired" thing going, since I've been to neither but could handle the challenge.

                            2. Buzz's cupcakes are also sold at DC On The Fly in the Farragut North Metro station as well as ACKC at 1529 14th Street, NW. They offer various flavors, including red velvet with cream cheese frosting.

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                              1. re: megmurray_99

                                DC on the fly?
                                what is this of which you speak?

                                1. re: megmurray_99

                                  I just tried the red velvet ones today because they were giving them out for free this AM at the Farragut N. Metro stop... at that new mart in the metro... it was REALLY good. Cannot, however, say the same about the selection of food in the mart... it's kind of random/overpriced. I wish they just had good bagels!! DC is sorely lacking a place with good bagels.

                                  1. re: epicuriousgal

                                    What kind of junk is that? I'd have walked from 12th and K over there for a free cupcake!

                                    Wait, probably not, because of the walk of shame back to work.

                                    heh

                                2. http://www.dconthefly.com/profile.php...

                                  1. My friends and I did an impromptu "cupcake crawl", and went to Georgetown Cupcake, Dean & Deluca, and Baked & Wired for a sampling from each place. Hands down favorite (texture, taste, size, etc) was Georgetown Cupcake. I can't wait to go back soon!!

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                                    1. re: gyozagirl

                                      Oooo details!!?? I'm hopefully going to try it this weekend. Their website doesn't offer much up in terms of flavors. What did you have and what was the offering like? Your basic chocolate, vanilla etc. or any kooky flavors?

                                      1. re: Elyssa

                                        Well, judging from your previous posts Elyssa, I'm assuming the one you care about the most would be the Red Velvet cupcake :o)

                                        I had it, and it was AWESOME. A light cream cheese-based (I think) frosting that went really well with the cake. Very moist, and the cupcakes aren't refrigerated like in other places, which I liked. On the board were roughly 10 or so flavors, including Key Lime, Coconut, Chocolate and Vanilla, and a few other flavors- sorry, I can't remember them all! We sampled 3 of them (Red Velvet, Coconut, and chocolate with vanilla frosting) but will definitely be going back to try out some others.

                                        1. re: gyozagirl

                                          For anyone that hasn't seen it yet, the website seems a bit more complete now- here's the menut they have posted:

                                          http://georgetowncupcake.com/menu.pdf

                                        2. re: Elyssa

                                          I'm going on Friday, and might compare theirs and Baked and Wired. I don't think the baked goods at Dean and Deluca are anything special, just expensive.

                                        3. re: gyozagirl

                                          DC is sorely lacking in good bakeries so the fact that it is even possible to do a cupcake crawl in Georgetown is a positive development!

                                          To add one more possibility - Furin's sometimes has cupcakes too. Nothing fancy, but cheap and unpretentious, and reminds me of the neighborhood bakeries in the northeast where I grew up. Last time I was there, they only had vanilla cake/vanilla frosting, but it was sweet and moist and fed my cupcake craving.

                                          1. re: sacrilicious

                                            oh see i'm a big fan of furin's cupcakes and baked goods in general. i think georgetown is definitely the sweet spot of dc. i wish there were better options in my neighborhood (woodley park). georgetown is a long walk for a cupcake!

                                        4. Those of you who have been to Georgetown Cupcake...Do you think the cupcakes would last until the following day?

                                          I want to bring some with me to Quantico on saturday, so I was thinking of pre-ordering them, picking them up tomorrow night, and then taking them with me.

                                          Or, would they get all hard and gross and I should avoid that?

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                                          1. re: Jeserf

                                            I just tried Georgetown Cupcakes last weekend -- quite good! The "Chocolate Cubed" (choc cake, choc. icing, and choc. shavings) was decadent.

                                            In response to Jeserf's question: The cupcakes are probably best when eaten the day they're made, but they'd still be good the following day. You could always ask the proprietors about optimal storage, etc...

                                            1. re: NYDCTransplant

                                              Do they have a coconut cupcake?

                                              1. re: beauxgoris

                                                They did when I went yesterday afternoon. I get the feeling that the menu will be changed every so often.

                                                Cupcakes tasted about the same after refrigeration today, but of course, the frosting wasn't as airy as when it was "fresh."

                                                My 1st time was yesterday, and although I really like their frosting and the little tidbits they put on top of each cupcake (with exception of the coconut one, since they have coconut on them), I still prefer the taste and texture of those at Baked & Wired.

                                                The Lemon Blossom cupcake was a bit too sweet in the cake, while the Choc. Ganuche was a bit too dry. But the frosting was yummy.

                                              2. re: NYDCTransplant

                                                hm...I will ask them, if they aren't sold out.

                                                I park my car in a relatively cool garage under my building, so I get the sense that if I keep them in the box, and maybe wrap it in plastic, and just leave it in the car...they might stay moist.

                                                Then again, he was psyched to have a donut from Dunks as soon as he got off base, so a day old cupcake couldn't be THAT terrible! I'll ask them, though, and I will report back on both their response AND the taste test!

                                            2. I tried a "chocolate-cubed" yesterday and found it quite ordinary. The frosting was not at all airy, and the cake was not particularly moist or tasty. I wouldn't say this cupcake was particularly high-quality at all. Does not even compare to another so-called high-end cupcake that I sampled recently in San Francisco at Kara's Cupcakes.

                                              1. Went to GTown Cupcake tonight.

                                                got there around 5:15 and there was a line. it moved slowly.

                                                finally got to order - got 4 to go to take to virginia tomorrow (can report on how they travel!) and one to go - chocolate hazelnut.

                                                first off, i ordered 5 cupcakes - 4 in a box, one to eat. while i know it's a business, they should have said "just order a half dozen it'll be cheaper". obviously i should have also done the math, but i wanted to get in and out. i'm not irked, just thought it'd be...decent.

                                                the place is cute. it smelled good.

                                                the cupcake i ate was very tasty, but i must admit that i have a cold and couldn't 110% taste everything. the texture was good. my friend had a coconut cupcake and said it was good but messy.

                                                when i left, the line was twice as long as when i got there.

                                                verdict: I'd eat their cupcakes again. the price is decent, the variety good, etc. i wouldn't wait in line for them again, though. it's a cupcake. But it was good.

                                                didn't try baked and wired, but my favorite cupcake ever came from Eleni's in chelsea market. hard to beat that!

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                                                1. re: Jeserf

                                                  Went this morning, and I have to agree pretty much 100% with Jeserf's review.

                                                  Super cute store, friendly staff (if a bit scattered / overwhelmed), nice boxes and packaging, and very pretty cupcakes.

                                                  Keeping it simple, I chose the chocolate with vanilla icing (which is actually vanilla cream cheese icing). The cake was on the smaller size (which is good, as large tends to mean dry), moist and pretty tasty. $2.75 isn't bad, price wise, given what the competition is charging. (Although the same exact cupcake would have been $1.25 at the late lamented Reeves.) The one I had probably wouldn't last until the next day, as the top was already getting a bit chewy and stale.

                                                  But. The line stretched down the block. They move verrrry slowly in getting these things out the door. They don't need to take an individual piece of tissue paper, fold it in thirds, then use it to encircle and pick up each the cupcake. It's a big production and it takes them several minutes to fill each order. Hopefully they'll soon get over it and just start using gloved hands to pick them up.

                                                  (Then again, the line definitely got the attention of passersby - maybe they're trying to build up the Magnolia Bakery-esque buzz.)

                                                  If I'm there during a weekday, I would stop in. But I wouldn't wait on line again. I still like Furin's and depending on the day, Baked and Wired, better. And my own. :)

                                                  1. re: sacrilicious

                                                    For the record...I bought a 4 pack of 'em for my guy on Friday. And I thought he'd eat them on Saturday (he needs the calories...jealousy is evil). But instead, he ate them this evening and I had part of one and they were pretty moist. Still!

                                                    He said they were really good - not hard or anything.

                                                    I didn't put them in the fridge, and they were in the car for a while today...To be fair, though, he isn't THE authority on baked goods, but I think he'd say if they were kinda rotten.

                                                    they were good almost 2 days after!

                                                    I didn't find mine chewy, but it was minimal frosting (the chocolate hazelnut one)

                                                    1. re: sacrilicious

                                                      Wow- that is very frustrating to hear. I tried to get cupcakes yesterday and today and both days waited on the slowww line only to be told they were sold out. I was confused as to why it seemed to take so long for people to emerge with their cupcakes but your explanation clears it up. I hope they find a faster and more efficient way to box up cupcakes because it is kind of disrespectful for those people waiting out in the cold...

                                                      I have to say- they better be damn good because after the novelty wears off, people won't stand in a line like that just for a so-so product. I am persistent, though, and I will return despite my frustration just to try it for myself.

                                                      1. re: JAC13

                                                        You can order your cupcakes in a box ahead of time.

                                                        I think if I ever buy a box again, I'd do it that way. Not sure if you have to stand in line still, or what, but it makes more sense IMO to order 'em that way than wait in line and watch them pack them.

                                                        To be fair, though, the box of 4 I had was packed very well, which was good because cupcakes are somewhat delicate and I was walking, then taking the bus, then walking, then they were in a car for a day.

                                                        So if they'd be just put in a box with no wrapping, I think they'd have bumped around and been somewhat crushed by their journey into a Marine's belly.

                                                        But yeah - they're somewhat slow. I also think they are somewhat overwhelmed by how busy it has been since day 1.

                                                        I'd suggest trying it when classes are likely to be in session. Week day days. When I went, it was all students. darn kids! get off my line!

                                                        1. re: JAC13

                                                          I agree that it's not something I'm going to stand on line for again. But I would guess, given the uber-cuteness of the shop and the location and the decent product, they're soon going to be in every DC guidebook, so tourists are going to be added to the crowd too.

                                                          They have a very tiny kitchen from what I could see, and there were only two people back there working frantically, so they're trying their best. I'm sure they didn't expect this much hype, and it seems like they're coping as well as any newly-opened small business would with an unexpected crush.

                                                          It may take a few weeks or months for them to work out the kinks. It might end up being the kind of place where you just have to get there early or risk being sold out, or they're going to have to work around the clock to meet demand.

                                                          I wish them well -- DC needs more good bakeries! And anyone who is persistent enough to brave the DC govt permitting process to start a small business gets my kudos.

                                                    2. I tried the cupcakes over the weekend. My friend and I got there at 11:30 on Saturday, 30 minutes after they were supposed to open. But the store wasn't open yet. There was a sign on the front door that said they would open at noon today. Okay. So, we went to Dean & Deluca to browse and came back 5 minutes past noon. There was already a line!

                                                      We did wait in line and I did buy 6 cupcakes:Red velvet (nice cream cheese frosting), Chocolate & Vanilla (nice rich chocolate cake), Chocoalte Coconut (YUM), Chocolate Hazelnut (loved the crunchiness of the nuts), Chocolate cubed (very rich), and Lemon Berry (the best!).

                                                      I thought they were nice, moist cupcakes. I would like to try a few others. But, I doubt I would wait in line again. At least not until it warms up!

                                                      1. I just moved here from NYC so I had to try this place.... Their cupcakes were not bad. I wouldn't wait in line though.

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                                                        1. re: lindsay_r

                                                          my wife brought home a couple last week. I agree the choclate w/ choclate was not very good at all. But i thought the vanilla with vanilla was delicous!

                                                          1. re: elegantelliot

                                                            Please, everyone, stop posting about Georgetown Cupcakes and how delicious they are and how cute the shop is.

                                                            You are making me want to go and buy some! Right now!!!

                                                            Stop it!!!!!

                                                            :)

                                                        2. ...did we all see the lovely write up they received in the paper yesterday?

                                                          they'll be coming soon to a neighborhood near you, apparently!

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                                                          1. re: Jeserf

                                                            2nd time was not a charm, the cupcakes were decent, but nothing worth waiting in line for.

                                                            1. re: elegantelliot

                                                              My huband stopped by yesterday to pick some up for us - there was a line and then he found out they were sold out. I guess due to the article. We'll try another time.

                                                              1. re: beauxgoris

                                                                I'm pretty sure it's not because of the article, to be honest. such has been the case almost daily.

                                                                1. re: Jeserf

                                                                  Well then maybe we won't try it again for a few more months when the fevor dies down a bit. shrug.

                                                                  1. re: beauxgoris

                                                                    honestly - i'd just go when school is on a vacation.

                                                                    I'm pretty sure I was the only non g'town student.

                                                                    (consequently, i was the only female not wearing Uggs, as well)

                                                                    1. re: Jeserf

                                                                      ^^Yeah, that was going to be my next plan - wait until School is out! lol!

                                                                      1. re: beauxgoris

                                                                        id have to disagree, i think once the weather gets nice, that place is going to a tourist trap like none other. i would expect there to be lines for at least through the spring and summer

                                                                        1. re: elegantelliot

                                                                          Spring break, during finals, etc, when they all have somewhat less time to spend waiting in line.

                                                                          also, i'd imagine that when class should be in session (tuesd-thurs) during the day it might have a small lull. Unless they don't really GO to class, in which case, my assumption that the line might go down is totally off!

                                                                          people at work all pre-ordered a bunch today, so hopefully they'll be ready tomorrow when I go pick them up.

                                                                          hey - it's a friday and we all deserve some treats once in a while :)

                                                                          1. re: Jeserf

                                                                            Of course, you could always hire some professional line waiters from the congressional hearings service industry across town. :)

                                                          2. We ordered ahead yesterday and just picked em up.

                                                            While I think they could have certainly been packaged better (there was 3 in one box and 5 in the other...why not 4 in each so they don't roll around? meh) but that's TOTALLY nit picking.

                                                            The store was again sold out and the place was locked unless you had a special order to pick up. I was wondering why there was no line!

                                                            Anyway, they are in the process of being a big hit at work - and we were stopped at LEAST 5 times asking us about 'em. Someone said, "do you have their phone number so we can order right now for tomorrow" and I just gave 'em the order sheet attached to our bag. Seriously!

                                                            Anyway, I had red velvet (half of it, I split it because I'm nice) and the coconut chocolate. Both were awesome - the red velvet was super, super good.

                                                            And tomorrow, back to eating within the parameters of some sort of health! No more cupcakes. I swear. The novelty has warn off, and since I've shared them with coworkers, I'm sure it has for them as well!

                                                            1. It took me three attempts but I finally got to experience the much-hyped Georgetown Cupcake (the other two times I waited on line only to be sent away due to a cupcake shortage). The line today was MUCH longer than last week (I supposed due to the Post article) and by the time I got to the front they only had 6 or so flavors left. I got: 1 red velvet, 1 chocolate hazelnut, 1 chocolate cubed, 1 vanilla/vanilla, 1 chocolate/vanilla, and 1 keylime. After all the waiting and frustration, I have pretty much the same reaction as the rest of you: they were good but not worth the hour and a half that I spent on line. The frosting was the highlight for sure- perfect amount, texture, and sweetness but the cupcake itself could have been better- it was a little to dense for me. My favorite was probably the key lime as the zest in the icing was really delicious, although I believe the cupcake itself was simply vanilla-flavored. The chocolate cubed was my least favorite due to an oddly-textured ganache and a very dry cupcake. The lack of efficiency in the store was very frustrating- I had read that they individually wrapped every cupcake in paper but I didn't believe it until I saw it for myself. They actually take a peice of parchment, fold it SLOWLY in thirds and wrap it around each cupcake before they put it in a box, which they also painstakenly line with paper. When I asked her to just skip the paper and throw them in, she stopped to put on a pair of gloves right after I just saw her use hand sanitizer. Don't get me wrong- I appreciate the cleanliness but the cupcakes are protected by cupcake liners already and some sense of urgency would have been nice. Also, they 3 staff members were all falling over one another, which slowed them further. It seems to me that they can take some simple measures to get people in and out more quickly then they do: for instance, give up the cutesy wrapping, pre-line the boxes, and assign each employee to a single task.

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                                                              1. re: JAC13

                                                                I took my daughter to treat her to a cupcake for a good report card this afternoon. BIG mistake. The line was halfway up the block. I said forget it and kept driving. Now I'm glad I did.

                                                              2. HORRIBLE. We got there at noon, which is when they open, and waited 30 minutes in line. When we got to the counter there were 1/2 dozen cupcakes left, mostly in the least-popular vanilla flavor. There were several people in front of us waiting for cupcakes that were still baking in the more popular flavors. The customer service was a disaster and when they yelled outside that it would be awhile, the woman was actually smiling at having more customers than she could cater too. The cupcakes were dry, though the frosting was great. They certainly weren't worth the wait or all the hype they've gotten. I would never go back.

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                                                                1. re: ryannmo

                                                                  I'm just shocked that apparently there was this much of a need for cupcakes in Georgetown! Who knew? LOL! Unless it's a Tate's coconut cupcake (in Southampton NY) there's no way I'm waiting in line for one of these things.

                                                                2. I just drove down today from Bethesda after a doctor's visit with my sick wife who wanted something sweet at Georgetown Cupcake. When I arrived at noon, the door was closed, with a note that said knock if you called ahead. A woman came up and knocked and the owner opened the door. I inquired as to the status and she said we are closed now -- even though the posted time on the wall said they should be open. I said this is the second time I have come here and you were out of product or now this time closed. She said and I quote, "We don't care". I asked her again if she means she doesn't care that customers are inconvenienced and to please repeat what she said and she repeated herself verbatim. That will be my last visit. I don't mind standing in line for something yummy .....butMean people suck and what she has is no Magnolia or Crumbs by a long shot.

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                                                                  1. re: La Chaine

                                                                    Wow - that's shocking.

                                                                    The two times I've been, they've been nice enough to deal with, especially considering the circumstances of their..."success".

                                                                    I hope they realize that their current methods aren't working, though, to create a long time client base.

                                                                    They need to have a method to prep call-ahead orders AND walk ins. Whether that is having an overnight baking team, or more staff, or fewer flavors, or more baking space...I don't know, but a lot of people being turned off less than a month since you've opened isn't the BEST idea, especially if you plan on expanding beyond Georgetown.

                                                                    1. re: La Chaine

                                                                      Classic "Cupcake Nazi" behavior. Spoiled by their own success. Those waiting for their first G'Town Cupcake, take heart. Fed-up foodies will be NOT returning in droves and your wait will be down to a tolerable half hour in the near future.

                                                                      1. re: HSBSteveM

                                                                        All of these awful reports are enough to keep me away. They've been open a month - enough time to iron out kinks. If they need to hire more staff to make cupcakes starting at 3a.m. they should cough up the $ and do that. No one wants to repeatedly be treated in such a rude way or go to a vendor only to be told time and time again that they're out of cupcakes. I'm striking this off my list and telling all my friends to do the same. There's just no excuse for this.

                                                                        1. re: beauxgoris

                                                                          Had a pretty awful experience there today. I called yesterday to order a dozen red velvet cupcakes and they told me to come in around 1 to pick them up. So I drive over to pick them up. First of all, even though I had phoned ahead, it takes me about 30 minutes to talk to somebody. Then, about 20 min after telling them I was there to pick up my order, they came out to tell me they were sorry but didn't have any red velvets left. This is was after I called in TWENTY-FOUR hours in advance. A call to let me know this morning would have been nice. While they did give me a gift card for 12 free cupcakes, I don't think I will be using it anytime soon.

                                                                          1. re: westendhoya

                                                                            This settles it...i'm shifting gears and opening a bakery that makes only wonderful delicious cupcakes and treats people well and makes them want to return. There has been so much chat on here about G'town Cupcake and CakeLove that there is obviously an urgent need for such a place -- pleasantly making and serving a cupcake that tastes good right away isn't rocket science esp if people are lining up to buy them as they come out of the oven. Who knew??????

                                                                      2. re: La Chaine

                                                                        Next time you're craving cupcakes, stay in Bethesda and go to Just Cakes. I have never had a bad cupcake there. My only complaint is they use vanilla buttercream on the red velvet rather than cream cheese frosting.

                                                                        I tried GC this weekend and that will be my first and last visit. The red velvet was dry and had no flavor. I don't even understand how you can make cream cheese frosting with no flavor. The chocolate with chocolate ganache was okay - the cake was a bit dry, but the frosting was decent (it needed more frosting though).

                                                                      3. So...I think they are no longer taking advanced orders or something.

                                                                        I'm trying to order a half dozen to pick up on saturday, and they don't have the order form online any more.

                                                                        odd!

                                                                        1. so i'm going against the popular opinion here. i went yesterday when they had a short and tolerable wait. the customer service was great. the cupcakes were FANTASTIC! moist cake, great icing...the choc hazelnut was particularly good.

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                                                                          1. re: m25111

                                                                            I've never had an issue with customer service there, and think the product is very tasty....I just wonder if they've stopped taking advance orders for the fact that it seemed like people were using them as a way to avoid them being sold out, and ordering 3 cupcakes, etc.

                                                                            When we ordered, we ordered a bunch for work...and i'd like to order again for saturday. i suppose I could call :)

                                                                          2. i will NEVER EVER go back to georgetown cupcake. Story time: It was a gorgeous Saturday, one of the first nice Saturdays in a while and I was with a girlfriend in Georgetown where i made the mistake of informing her of the new niche bakery. Immediately regret filled me as i saw her eyes light up, you see i'm quite loyal to the hounds and after reading all of the negative experiences regarding lines, customer service and running out of cupcakes (don't even get me started on the absurdity) I had no desire to go check out the latest trend. Personally, I love Furin's and would have much rather hit up that spot then go wait in line at GC, but of course that's what we did. We made an agreement that we'd go to baked & wired afterwards and taste test, so i was somewhat appeased though i did still feel uneasy pangs of guilt patroning GC at all after hearing about how other hounds were treated. So, sure enough, bet you can guess what happened.... one person in front of us at the entrance to the shop the manager comes out; we're all sold out come back in a few hours he announces to the crowd. Let's break this one down friends; obviously there are fumes coming from the ovens in that place, either that or the people that run that shop are idiots:
                                                                            1) it is a Saturday
                                                                            2) it is beautiful outside
                                                                            3) you are located in Georgetown
                                                                            4) your job is to make cupcakes; the sole reason you exist is to sell cupcakes, that was your decision, not mine, yours, to be a cupcake vendor in the ever popular neighborhood of georgetown. this isn't downtown, which is virtually dead on the weekends, where you are surprise ambushed. This isn't your first or second or THIRD weekend out the gate where you can claim you are still working out kinks. Unfortunately (for us) this is either laziness or a complete disregard for the people who choose to wait in line for your goods.

                                                                            mark my words my fellow hounds. this place is on my list. and my list is not a place you want to be. your days are numbered Georgetown Cupcake.

                                                                            disclaimer: i'm not going to go burn the place down if that's what you're thinking.

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                                                                            1. re: polly parker

                                                                              Sure, it's frustrating, but how can you blame them for only having the ability to make X number of cupcakes an hour? Should they freeze them, and then thaw them overnight to be ready for the morning?

                                                                              There is a demand for them, but that doesn't make their ability to produce more in the space they occupy any easier.

                                                                              Would it be better if the items weren't fresh?

                                                                              Additionally, you're irked because they ran out of cupcakes. Your story doesn't say the guy was rude (i never saw a guy working there, so at least they're hiring more staff), just that they ran out.

                                                                              And lastly, you didn't taste the cupcakes, did you?

                                                                              I don't mean to sound rude at all, because I don't think I'd ever wait in line for their product, but I won't hold it against them that their current space dictates how much of their goods they can make every hour.

                                                                              1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                There was a dude working there when I was there on Saturday. He was the "cupcake packer/folder" and friendly.

                                                                                I think these guys need a)hire an early morning/late night staff like so many other bakeries, especially on the weekends or b)make enough money to get another oven. From what I hear they only have 1!!

                                                                                1. re: Elyssa

                                                                                  I think it'd be good if they had a 24/hr thing going on, but i wonder how fresh everything would be. then again, SO ate the cupcakes 2 days after i bought them and had no complaints..!

                                                                                  I agree that they need to figure things out at this point.

                                                                                  1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                    From what I understand, Magnolia and Billy's Bakery are 24/7 operations. That operating model doesn't seem to have had any negative impact on either business.

                                                                                    I think the girls at GC need to man up and hire some overnight bakers. The whole "we're new, we never did this before, oops we sold out" schtick was only cute for the first 2 weeks. After that, they should have regrouped and worked out a better plan. If they honestly can't handle the demand of walk-ins, then perhaps they need to go the "advance order only" route for a while. Or, maybe they should set their hours so they can close for a few hours during the day to restock.

                                                                                    1. re: punkin712

                                                                                      All I'm saying is...was the transition from opening day/overnight success completely smooth at any popular spot, like Magnolia.

                                                                                      I agree that if they can't handle the demand, it'll end up biting 'em in the rear eventually, but just under 5 weeks of opening, is any "overnight success" running a completely smooth operation?

                                                                                      That's all I'm asking, in case anyone is from NY and knows how Magnolia did in the first couple of months or the like.

                                                                                2. re: Jeserf

                                                                                  at the VERY LEAST, and i mean the verrrry least, they could have indicated to the crowd at some point during the 30 minutes we waited in line that they were running low. and then let those in line decide whether or not they wanted to risk it and stay or head to another place. but nope, they didn't. and i think that is rude. also, the guy came out and announced the situation in a nice tone but he didn't apologize, he almost sounded cheerful. i'd at least have appreciated an apology. sorry you waited in line for nothing... something like that.

                                                                                  also, no i didn't taste the cupcake, and since i didn't taste the goods i didn't comment on them in my post.... i'm not going to go to a bakery that shows such disregard for their customers just because the goods are... good or great or fabulous. i just won't put up with that. that's me though, to each their own.

                                                                                  as far as a suggestion on how to keep from running out; do something similar like magnolia in NY and put a cap on how many you can buy at a time. i'm not sure if they already do that, ahem, because i never got to the purchasing part of the process, but that is a good way to feed the masses.

                                                                                  I also just don't buy the small space excuse, i mean i get it. it is a small space and there are a lot of people but i'm sure if they put their heads together and did some math they could either hire more people to keep mixing the batter during the day or open earlier so that you can mix more in the morning prior to opening....

                                                                                  1. re: polly parker

                                                                                    I guess, but if people are waiting in line regardless, then maybe they don't really see a problem.

                                                                                    How long has Magnolia been in business? Anyone know? Can anyone attest to how things went in the month or two after they became huge?

                                                                                    In any business, there's a learning curve.

                                                                                    If you ever want to try their cupcakes, I'd say wait a little bit, as some have suggested, and go back when the craze has died down and they maybe have their stuff "together" in how you'd like them to.

                                                                                    They've been open...barely 5 weeks, right? I'd be curious as to how magnolia did in the weeks after their sex and the city boom (or whenever else they got big)

                                                                                    1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                      okay this is my last word on the issue; hate to be debbie downer but if they refuse to fix a customer service problem because regardless, people are in line, then i definitely don't want to purchase anything from them. that is just so wrong.

                                                                                      1. re: polly parker

                                                                                        it's not debbie downer (waahh wwaahhhhh...heh) it's just not what you're into.

                                                                                        And I agree - I can't foresee myself standing in line for their product either. it's just a cupcake.

                                                                                    2. re: polly parker

                                                                                      But didn't you know? I mean I brought a book along and understood that even after waiting in line for 45 minutes they might run out. That is just the nature of the sweet frosted beast. I knew that this was what was going on at GC and to not expect to necassarily walk out of there with all the flavors I wanted or at all.

                                                                                      Plus when I was there, on Saturday, they were giving regular updates. "We only have chocolate based cupcakes." "We have 4 different flavors" "Red Velvets will be out in another 1/2 hour" things like that.

                                                                                3. I finally checked out Georgetown Cupcake on Saturday. I hit it at the right time it seems. I wandered over around 6:10 and there was a sign on the door saying they would reopen at 6:30pm with new cupcakes. There were about 10 people in front of me.

                                                                                  When they opened back up they had only chocolate based cupcakes and no red velvet yet which I was a little disappointed in but it ended up ok. I got the chocolate coconut, the chocolate mint, and the chocolate and vanilla.

                                                                                  The staff was very friendly giving regular updates to the crowd of what was available. The line is hysterical though. People kept walking by wondering what was going on. We even had a heckler. Some dude walked by yelling "It's not worth it! It's not worth it!"

                                                                                  I would say the cupcakes were ok. I really liked the cream cheese based frosting on the coconut and chocolate and vanilla. The tang was delicious and not overly sweet. Like a lot of people say--they need to work on their chocolate cake. It certainly wasn't very moist (and mine were fresh). And I found the flavor didn't match well with the mint frosting especially.

                                                                                  The coconut was good and very coconutty, but my favorite was actually the chocolate and vanilla.

                                                                                  This place is in no way Magnolia (where both the frosting AND cake are perfect) but it was ok for a cupcake. I wouldn't wait in line again though for 45 minutes.

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                                                                                  1. re: Elyssa

                                                                                    Also I forgot to mention that I left one of the cupcakes til the next day and it was just fine. I left it out on the counter, not in the fridge.

                                                                                    1. re: Elyssa

                                                                                      right on - they told me not to put them in the fridge.

                                                                                      hopefully i'll need to pick up come celebratory cupcakes this weekend, but i might try baked and wired. we shall see!

                                                                                    2. re: Elyssa

                                                                                      I was there on Sat too... thought I'd check it out but they had already run out and I didn't want to wait until 6:30pm. I swear every person I saw in G-town that day was holding one of their boxes... it's a little insane. Like Uggs.

                                                                                      1. re: epicuriousgal

                                                                                        it's actually georgetown district law that you must wear uggs if you are in line for cupcakes.

                                                                                      2. re: Elyssa

                                                                                        Waiting in a line in Georgetown for 45 minutes for an "ok" cupcake?
                                                                                        Seriously, 45 minutes?
                                                                                        One word: Furin's.
                                                                                        http://www.furins.com/catering_desser...

                                                                                        1. re: crackers

                                                                                          crackers you know what is up!

                                                                                      3. Went to Georgetown this morning on a "cupcake hunt." Parked on M. Street about 10:35 AM and trekked to Baked and Wired first. After looking through the domed cake plates, I decided on four cupcakes and one brownie (reviews below). Arrived at Georgetown Cupcake about 10:50 AM and there were only four adults in queue. The doors opened at 11:00 AM. There were 12 varieties and I choose six for tasting later. The line went fast and the wait staff was courteous (but hey, I was only customer #5 for the day). They did not individually wrap the cupcakes, just added them to the box. There was a short line out the door when I walked out. Walked down to Furin's but the fresh salads looked more interesting than the baked goods so I left.

                                                                                        Here's the breakdown of my taste test at 8:45 PM:

                                                                                        Georgetown Cupcake

                                                                                        Chocolate Ganache (choc cupcake) - good frosting, moist cupcake
                                                                                        Chocolate Sprinkles (choc cupcake) - ditto
                                                                                        Red Velvet (cream cheese frosting) - ditto
                                                                                        Chocolate Coconut - ditto
                                                                                        Coconut (vanilla cupcake) - ditto
                                                                                        Vanilla Buttercream (choc cupcake) - - ditto

                                                                                        Cost: 15.00/half dozen plus tax

                                                                                        Review: All cupcakes were moist with very good frosting.

                                                                                        Baked and Wired

                                                                                        Red Velvet (buttercream frosting) - sweet but not as much flavor as GC's
                                                                                        Chocolate Frosted (vanilla cupcake) - cupcake was dry but the frosting was good
                                                                                        Chocolate Frosted (choc cupcake) - ditto
                                                                                        Maple Frosted (spice cupcake) - ditto
                                                                                        Choc-Espresso Brownie - dense and very fudgy; would be too much to eat in one sitting

                                                                                        Review: Overall thumbs down for the dryness but a definite thumbs up for the frosting.

                                                                                        Cost: $19.09 (four cupcakes and one brownie)

                                                                                        Winner: Georgetown Cupcake (would definitely return if I'm in the neighborhood).

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                                                                                        1. re: Goldvan

                                                                                          Great review!

                                                                                          To compare as well, I've had GTown cupcakes on a few occasions and yesterday at a Buzz cupcake from the chocolate shop on 14th street. Was disappointed - dry cake. the frosting was dense (which I sometimes like), but the dryness of the cake made the whole thing "meh". Granted, it could have been because it was in the fridge case, but still, a meh.

                                                                                          1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                            ah... but did you get one of their hot chocolates?!

                                                                                            1. re: food.fiend

                                                                                              heh no, that'll be for another visit!
                                                                                              I got a dozen chocolates, though, to celebrate something this weekend.

                                                                                              they look deeeevine

                                                                                              1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                oh, and they are! It's all I can do to not "accidentally" get off the bus one stop past my apt and "accidentlly" walk into the store. every day.
                                                                                                yum.

                                                                                                1. re: food.fiend

                                                                                                  haha I could probably manage to avoid it, at about $4 a drink!
                                                                                                  :)

                                                                                                  1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                    no no... to buy just *one* of the chocolates. oh dear. dreadful temptation.
                                                                                                    B/c agreed, the drinks are too much for everyday!
                                                                                                    :o)

                                                                                                    1. re: food.fiend

                                                                                                      ah well, i'll report back with how they taste this weekend. right now, they're wrapped in a box with a pretty bow to make sure my marine feels super masculine while he's eating a cherry or strawberry filled chocolate. heh

                                                                                                      1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                        Can anyone tell me if the cupcakes at GC are as good/better/worse than Randolph's in Arlington? I love the red velvet and orange cupcake at Randolph's. Thanks!

                                                                                                        1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                          Just FYI, since this is off the cupcake topic, but since it came up -- I went recently to a chocolate tasting at ACKC and it was really fun.

                                                                                                          1. re: mselectra

                                                                                                            that's neat - maybe we need to have a new ACKC thread since it's been open a bit!

                                                                                                            they also appear to have chocolate making classes...but I wasn't there long enough to investigate further.

                                                                                                            1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                              He said they'd be opening a new place in Del Ray where they'd have confection making classes -- I think he said it would be this summer? Yes, a new thread is a good idea -- I didn't have time to write more, so just threw it in here. I love that place.

                                                                                                              I'm going to try to do a cupcake comparison in Georgetown in the next few days, too, inspired by this thread.

                                                                                                              1. re: mselectra

                                                                                                                Well, Buzz was blahh

                                                                                                                I'm going to baked and wired tomorrow with a girlfriend, and have just sent GTown cupcake and email if they'll take advanced orders still (even though I bought a dozen chocolates, if the SO finishes this week at Quantico in tact, he'll get cupcakes AND chocolates, and I'll get a spastic sugar case!)

                                                                                            2. re: Goldvan

                                                                                              Had a cakelove cupcake yesterday. Still only ok.

                                                                                              1. re: Goldvan

                                                                                                So did you fit into your pants this morning after eating a dozen cupcakes in a few hour period? Gluttony at its worst!

                                                                                                1. re: Jacey

                                                                                                  Yes, I was able to fit into my pants. My "tastings" were only 1/4 to 1/3 of each cupcake and I went to the gym both Tues and Weds. :) BTW, the remaining parts of the GC cupcakes still tasted great on Weds. night. I threw the remaining B&W cupcakes out.

                                                                                                  1. re: Goldvan

                                                                                                    Wow, what a waste of food and money. You should have had a tasting party with your friends with champaign!

                                                                                              2. I emailed GTown Cupcake yesterday about special orders...
                                                                                                they DID reply, and the reply was an informative note:

                                                                                                We are still taking special event/advance orders but unfortunately, we have had to limit the number we can accept per day to ensure that we have enough cupcakes for our walk-in customers. Recently, we have been faced with an extremely high volume of walk-in traffic due to the recent Washington Post article. We bake our cupcakes fresh starting each morning and throughout the day and are currently baking > 1,500 per day.

                                                                                                While I can't confirm an advance order for Saturday, the best thing to do would be to arrive early on Saturday so that you will have a selection of all of our flavors and hopefully there will not be much of a wait. We open at 11:00 a.m. and will be closing at 3:00 p.m. in observance of Easter. We will have a selection of our standard flavors as well as cupcakes decorated in an Easter theme.

                                                                                                We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience!

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                                                                                                1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                  What is it about the popularity of Georgetown cupcakes, the popularity of this thread, and the popularity of this new trend in cupcakes for adults in general? Is it that cupcakes are so ingrained in childhood rituals, that presenting them in an adult fashion with sophisticated flavors and excellent preparation (rather than the gloppy albeit well-intended tray of Duncan Hines from fifth grade) is a way to recapture a childhood treat in the guise of an adult indulgence? Or is this all about the comforting infantilization of grownup food, like a Gucci handbag with a Hello Kitty logo embroidered onto it in swarovski crystals? What's up with the overwhelming interest in... cupcakes?!

                                                                                                  1. re: howmanycupsinaquart

                                                                                                    i could not agree more. i am absolutely floored by the unprecedented interest in such a topic. granted, i reserve my sweet eating for one night a week at a nice restaurant at which time i choose to really make it worth it...chocolate lava cake, bread pudding, flan, zabaglione....so maybe i don't get it because i'm not a big cupcake/bakery fan.
                                                                                                    But as i said earlier, i am seriously thinking about chucking a lucrative career and opening a cupcake hut and using all the Chowhound suggestions to become the new fave... How does DC Doll's Devil's Food Den sound??

                                                                                                    1. re: DCDOLL

                                                                                                      I'm so there...especially if you specialize in Devil's Food Cake cupcakes :) mmmmmmmmm!

                                                                                                      1. re: Elyssa

                                                                                                        I'd make red velvet ones just for you! :)

                                                                                                      2. re: DCDOLL

                                                                                                        i. am. there.

                                                                                                  2. I give up. We've been three times: once they closed early and had a sign on the door saying that they were sold out and to try again tomorrow - and the other two times the line was so long it was obscene.

                                                                                                    1. From reading many of the posts I can glean that for those wanting to try one of these cupcakes: DO NOT GO ON A SATURDAY. I realize that people have jobs and responsibilities but if you go on the weekend you're going to wait in line. For those that advocate mass production methods such as selling day old cakes and freezing products for sale the next day; there are any number of lineless bakeries you can try that do just that. There's a reason you won't have to wait for their cupcakes. Magnolia Bakery in NYC is at least 4 times the size of Georgetown Cupcake and therefore capable of mass quantities. The building that houses GC is very small and has no room for more than one oven and historic preservation laws don't allow for remodeling. From what I've read and heard the owners of GC are just as floored by their success as anyone else. How many of you would have predicted the demand that they've been hit with? The bottom line is that the cupcakes are actually really good which is why those lines remain after 7 weeks. Asking them to mess with the quality of their product is not only a disservice to them but to the dessert loving public as well. You know the place is popular, you know there will be lines, and you know they might be sold out. If any of these facts are difficult for you to deal with, go elsewhere.

                                                                                                      That said the best time to go is the beginning of the week in the early afternoon. Unfortunately I have only been able to do this once, therefore when my sweet tooth aches I will happily wait with the rest of you because I feel it's worth it.

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                                                                                                      1. re: TubbyChimp

                                                                                                        Hi all - I'm new here....moved back from NYC where finding a great cupcake is an easy accomplishment! :) Anyway, I just gave them a call b/c I'd like to pick up a dozen or so to celebrate a couple of co-workers birthdays.

                                                                                                        NO ADVANCED ORDERS - unless catering a large party/event. Instead they recommend you come in first thing when they open to pick what you'd like (I asked for 1dozen). This varies greatly from Magnolia (who's not as good as they used to be) and Sugar Sweet Sunshine (both in NYC). They are both very small spaces, take orders, AND place limits on walk-ins. I think this place should try to do the same if it wants to continue it's booming success...either that or be taken out by TRUE competition in the area (whichever comes first).

                                                                                                      2. Has anyone placed a special event order? I am having an impossible time trying to get a hold of anyone there.

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                                                                                                        1. re: HilkaryIC

                                                                                                          Did you try emailing them. I took a stab at calling earlier this afternoon and got someone on the phone. I was surprised though b/c the website says they are closed today.

                                                                                                          I really hope these cupcakes are on NYC proportions....it really seems like they didn't do a thorough plan for handling demand etc...

                                                                                                        2. Ok here's an update

                                                                                                          So after being told to "just come over at 11am when we open" because they no longer take orders, unless for catering, my co-worker and I get there at 11:30 am only to be greeted by - you guessed it, A LINE OUT OF THE DOOR!!

                                                                                                          Overall Opinion - A close "cousin" to the NYC originals that just crumble when you take a bite!

                                                                                                          We ordered:

                                                                                                          - red velvet (overall YUM, pretty moist, the icing is very rich - kinda reminds you of the Cinnabon creamcheese icing, so it's great the cake is somewhat lacking in flavor)

                                                                                                          - Vanilla w/ Vanilla buttercream - same as above, minus the flavor part

                                                                                                          - Chocolate w/ Vanilla - very yum!!!

                                                                                                          - Chocolate Ganache, Chocolate Hazelnut (seemed popular, they were only down to 3), and Chocolate 3. We haven't sampled these yet so we can't offer commentary. They should really rethink the advance order thing because the person behind us ordered 6 of each available flavor. There was a small line behind us as we left.

                                                                                                          As for the staff - overall pleasant but some seemed rather flustered/overwhelmed. They also don't move w/ the greatest speed.

                                                                                                          1. has been too busy. but now an ease.

                                                                                                            1. Loved, loved, love it! Already tried the: Chocolate Ganache, Mocha*, Red Velvet, Lemon, Key Lime and Coconut -- Not all at once, of course! ;-) and I do work nearby! But all of the cupcakes were wonderfully moist, flavorful, delicious and going FAST. Cake Love pales in comparison, and my personal fave @ GC was the *Mocha!

                                                                                                              1. I am from Baltimore and was in DC for a grueling day of hearings in court... and thought I would reward myself with Quick Pita for lunch. I was waiting for my sandwiches when I saw a cusomer come in with a pink box, and noticed Georgetown cupcakes across the street. I ran across the street at about 2:45 in the afternoon, and I was the only one in the store. I ordered just 1 vanilla vanilla cupcake, and ate it in the car on my way back to Baltimore. It was heaven. The cake was flavorful and light, and the frosting was rich and creamy, and wasn't overwhelmed by butter as with Cake Love. If I had known about the long waits and sell out days, I would have bought a dozen at least. I can't wait until I can go back again!

                                                                                                                1. On Tuesday after a law final a few friends and I went to Georgetown Cupcake to celebrate it being done. It was free scoop day at Ben and Jerry's so that must have lulled the students away as they had cupcakes, plenty of them at around 1 PM and there were periodic short lines but nothing horrible.

                                                                                                                  I got a box of 6 and we all ate one there, the one I had there straight out of the oven was vanilla cupcake with vanilla icing. It was heaven. Soft and moist and the frosting was creamy and soft. That was by far the best cupcake I have ever had, but I don't eat many cupcakes and haven't been to many of DC's cupcake places. My two friends raved about theirs too.

                                                                                                                  I had the coconut later with Fiance and it was good, but not as good as the vanilla, it was a tiny bit drier, but really it was the not-as-creamy texture of the icing I really missed I think. Fiance had a vanilla and really loved it, too. He said how good the vanilla flavor was that it wasn't like vanilla extract or fakey vanilla flavor at all that it was just really good.

                                                                                                                  I refridgerated them last night and took one out and let sit to room temperature today, it was the chocolate hazelnut, it was really good even after a day, it was a little bit dryer, but I liked the taste of it better than the coconut, but not better than vanilla. It didn't have as much of the creamy frosting either though, but the toasted hazelnut topping was really fresh and had a good hazelnut flavor to the point I ate all the little pieces that fell off it, off the plate.

                                                                                                                  Still have a red velvet and fiance has a lemon berry.

                                                                                                                  I wish they had the key lime he loves key lime, so will have to go back. I get why people love them, but I think your experience would be much better if you eat it fresh, which means almost eating it right there, and I like the plain frosting tops the best so far. I wouldn't wait in line for a long time for one, but I am not one to wait in line that long for something like a cupcake. But they were definitely really good cupcakes, very sweet, but very good. Bring water or better yet milk, maybe they sell milk that would be sweet, and eat it there.

                                                                                                                  On a cupcake sidenote I really miss the funfetti icing that had the round color beads in it, over the silly colored sprinkles on top of vanilla icing. If someone replicated funfetti cupcakes on a gourmet level I would really be happy. And I don't normally like box mix stuff at all... but funfetti....

                                                                                                                  And I want to try Buzzed and Wired now that Elyssa said it was good and that they had teas too, as I can't do coffee.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: ktmoomau

                                                                                                                    I'm pretty sure you can still buy Funfetti at Safeway. My roommate in college had an almost scary obsession with Funfetti box mix. Low and behold on anyone's birthday, they would got a slightly sloppy frosted Funfetti cake lol

                                                                                                                    1. re: Elyssa

                                                                                                                      It's not the funfetti mix itself that has changed it is the funfetti icing. It used to have the same dots as the mix for the cupcakes, but now they just have sprinkles you add to plain vanilla icing which isn't near as good as the dots. If I could just figure out what the dots are....

                                                                                                                      1. re: ktmoomau

                                                                                                                        Can I just say how happy I am to hear that someone else was as affected by the Funfetti frosting change??? I still make it from time to time, and it's just not the same!! But also, Jeserf is right (below), B&W makes a tasty birthday cake cupcake that is definitely worth a visit.

                                                                                                                        1. re: gyozagirl

                                                                                                                          Yum cupcakes- judging by location they will probably be pricey- LOL I miss funfetti

                                                                                                                    2. re: ktmoomau

                                                                                                                      The latest Good Eats episode is basically a rant against trendy cupcake places with huge lines, wherein Alton gives his tips to making your own high-end cupcakes; I'm sure someone could add funfetti to his framework pretty easily...

                                                                                                                      1. re: ktmoomau

                                                                                                                        Baked and Wired...I had the birthday cake cupcake there when I went, and it has funfetti.

                                                                                                                        It was better than Georgetown Cupcake - of the ones I've had. and I've tried 'em...3 times. I don't think they're bad, just that baked and wired is better.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Jeserf

                                                                                                                          You people are bbbbaaaaaddddd, oh stop! Now I am going to eat more cupcakes, and I really didn't need to want more cupcakes. You evil, evil people :)

                                                                                                                      2. Just went for the first time. It was 1:00 pm on Friday and only a few people ahead of me. The cupcakes are good. Especially recommend the Chocolate and Vanilla. Much better than Cake Love.

                                                                                                                        1. Although I am a baked and wired girl myself, all things red velvet are fine by me. the lines at GC hasn't been bad at all-actually, I stopped by without any line at all. But they didn't have any red velvets or key limes. For some reason I can't bring myself to buy a chocolate or vanilla cupcake when I know I can just make one at home..

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                                                                                                                          1. re: bella00

                                                                                                                            I had a red velvet cupcake last night. It was days old now, but the frosting was still awesome, and the cake was good. I am really hoping to get a key lime one, I bet a red velvet fresh would be just as good as vanilla or chocolate.

                                                                                                                            1. re: ktmoomau

                                                                                                                              Finally made it -- only about 5 minutes in line on a Sunday afternoon -- maybe the hype is dying down!

                                                                                                                              Tried several flavors and my favorite was the Key Lime. Didn't care for the Red Velvet but maybe that's just not my thing. The chocolate cake was delicious and wish that I'd tried one with chocolate frosting.

                                                                                                                              Husband and kids hated the vanilla frosting because it has a cream cheese flavor (they scraped it all off and just ate the cake). I liked it, but not as much as Magnolia.

                                                                                                                              I wasn't completely blown away but I will definitely return!

                                                                                                                              1. re: slwh

                                                                                                                                Had a great experience at GC today (Sunday noonish). Maybe the heat (ok let's say, likely the heat) kept the line down, but walked right in, greeted by a large, friendly, knowlegeable staff (with cold beverages on hand), and got a selection of, frankly, the best cupcakes I've ever had: key lime was the best (light an airy), chocolate banana which was also amazing and juicy....red velvet and coconut...split them with 4 friends and loved every bite. Iced chai good, too. Never ordered ahead or hit a long line there so, maybe I'm just getting lucky, but one of my favorite spots in Georgetown and great place for a snack with friends.

                                                                                                                                1. re: randomando

                                                                                                                                  my girlfriend and i dropped by today as well. the cupcakes were awesome! i had the mocha (very aromatic) and she had a red velvet.

                                                                                                                                  they were being interviewed on camera as we went in, so i take it the local media has caught on.

                                                                                                                          2. NY Times blog thinks Georgetown Cupcakes is better than NY's Magnolia Bakery:

                                                                                                                            http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.co...

                                                                                                                            Never been to Magnolia but as far as Georgetown Cupcakes I think it's a little overrated.... just my opinion.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: chaofun

                                                                                                                              My recent post on another thread...
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                                                                                                                              We've been to numerous cupcake places in New York, Philly, Baltimore, and DC. In fact, last year we spent a long weekend in Manhattan and Brooklyn, just touring one cupcake place after another (w/ croissants and pizza in between, of course). Being from Baltimore, and a devout DC-hater, it pains me to admit that Georgetown Cupcake is the best cupcake shop I have visited so far. The ingredients, the technique, the proportions - even on the flavors I don't like - everything is executed extremely well.

                                                                                                                              In New York, you can do better than Magnolia's. Our current favorite is Sugar Sweet Sunshine. Beware their "standard" chocolate frosting has almond flavor. For regular chocolate buttercream, you have to order a day in advance. Tonnie's Minis is pretty good, too.

                                                                                                                              1. re: chaofun

                                                                                                                                no shocker there. magnolia's has plummeted in quality while raising their price. completely overrated...most of the people in line are tourists (village outpost). i thought GT cupcakes were pretty good, but a little overpriced. i really don't think anything can beat sugar sweet sunshine in ny, esp when you consider they cost $1.50.

                                                                                                                              2. Went to Georgetown cupcake for the first time today around 1. No lines. However the place is tiny and no a/c, or at least it was not working. Good selection of cupcakes and the Red Velet Cupcake was very good. Frosting a little too sweet for me. I may go back if I'm in the area.

                                                                                                                                Oh, on a side note. There are 2 fairly large steps to get into the building. I realize it is a historic building, but they need to make it more accessible. I had a baby in a stroller and my friend and I had a hard time getting in and out of the store.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: mom2one

                                                                                                                                  So I guess (according to the WP) they won easily over the other D.C. cupcake vendors. I guess I'll have to go back and try them again.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: beauxgoris

                                                                                                                                    Yeah, I think Hello Cupcake got short shrift. Unfortunately WP tasted their Mayan cupcake, which is frankly not very good (way too spicy). Everything else I've had there is great. And in terms of ambiance, Hello Cupcake is way better. Lots more seating.

                                                                                                                                2. I do think it's a bit overrated. Try going there lunch time, the line is wayyy out the door! It's good, dont get me wrong, but I was expecting some variations in the icing, which theirs is just seems like sweet cream cheese icing.