Red Velvet Cupcakery
So I live in the hood and am happy (finally) to see something in that space but...
..overpriced, not the best. However, if you're there having dinner and seeing a movie and want something cake- like it, why not?
That said, I've tried them all (Buzz, Hello Cupcake, Georgetown and a bunch on the west coast in CA and WA) except Baked and Wired. So far Georgetown cupcake is the best.
Everyone I talk to says B&W is the best so that's next on my list.
I had the Big Kahuna cupcake. Smallest and most expensive cupcake I've ever had (Best Buns, Couture Cupcakes, Hello Cupcake, Georgetown Cupcake, Baked & Wired, CakeLove), and the worst! Well, I could finish the cupcake (unlike Couture), but it wasn't good -- I can make better and it wouldn't be $3.25! The cashier said "they were trying to cash in on Obama" so they made it Hawaii - themed. Pineapple cupcake with no pineapples in it, or pineapple flavoring? Coconut frosting that just tasted like salt? I wiped off most of the frosting and as I ate the cupcake I would get one regular bite and then a salty pocket. Overcooked, dry, and yucky!
I bet this place will be out of biz in 6 months. (Not to mention they share a wall with Tangysweet and yet you have to go next door for seating!)
And I was so excited too... A cupcake place that wouldn't require a metro transfer or long trek....
I tried my first cupcake there on Friday night. After some deliberation, I chose the mocha frosting and chocolate cake treat. I must say that I was a little wary, not only because of the high price but also because this place does not have the polished perfect atmosphere and over-the-top cuteness of Georgetown Cupcake or Hello Cupcake. The decor is pretty nonexistent, there is basically nowhere to sit, and there is a single worker behind the tiny counter. It's pretty bare-bones. The cupcakes do not look identical to each other, and mine had some corner edges that seemed overcooked. However, once I bit into my cupcake, seated comfortably next door at the bizarrely spacious Tangysweet, I found that it was pretty darn good. *Not* cloyingly sweet but quite subtle. I thought the cake was really moist and had a lovely high-quality-chocolate flavor, and the frosting was sort of whipped creamy and not too sweet. Overall quite nice.
I still think the setup with Tangysweet is sort of awkward though. All the industrial concrete makes the whole place seem a little depressing, and it's weird that they didn't connect the two businesses.
Oh, by the way, the Tangysweet seems to have an expanded menu with fancy juice options in addition to the yogurt and hot chocolate.
I would love to get the run down of the various prices for all the cupcake joints in the area (or at least the big ones). $3.25 does seem like a lot of money. But I also seem to feel all these places are pricey (doesn't mean I don't get a cupcake at Georgetown Cupcake or Baked and Wired every chance I get!).
Georgetown Cupcake is 2.75, I haven't been to any of the other ones.
I really wonder who has the lowest rent though?
And what's the best foot traffic?
Dupont, Penn Quarter - both on the metro,
Georgetown with the captive student market
I hope this current economy doesn't kill off too many of DC's nascent eateries.