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Georgetown Cupcakes

ZenFoodist Feb 22, 2009 08:45 AM

Just wanted it t make it known that this cupcake-jaded New Yorker's faith in cupcakes was ignited again after a 30 minute wait ( worth very freezing second) at Georgetown Cupcakes. They were the best cupcakes I have ever had. Kicked Magnolia's Cupcakes in the a**! Red Velvet was sold out, but the peanut butter was a thing of beauty- so tender and light. Extremely impressed. Also liked that after 30 minutes they don't sell cupcakes that have been sitting out- guarantees a very fresh product! Kudos to the owners!

KeyLime, carrot, chocolate and vanilla were also sublime.

Lisa Antinore

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  1. Caralien RE: ZenFoodist Feb 22, 2009 09:00 AM

    We purchased a few dozen for my SIL's baby shower; everyone loved them. I took a few back to Princeton so my husband too could gush over them and share with his officemates (the local cupcake shop is disappointing).

    Georgetown Cupcake
    1209 Potomac St NW, Washington, DC

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    1. re: Caralien
      chicken kabob RE: Caralien Feb 22, 2009 09:08 AM

      Georgetown Cupcake's coconut is my favorite!

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      1FASTMF RE: ZenFoodist Feb 23, 2009 10:11 AM

      I am not a big fan of cup cakes (sweet is for my dry rub and BBQ sauce) but I would have been if they were always like this place.

      Milk is not needed - two YUMS up!

      Coconut and the Red Velvet for me please.

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        bmorecupcake RE: ZenFoodist Feb 24, 2009 06:33 AM

        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. red dragon RE: ZenFoodist Jul 24, 2010 06:10 AM

          Does anyone know what decorating tip they use to frost their cupcakes, it looks like an open round but what number (as in 1M Wilton, etc)?

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            a1234 RE: ZenFoodist Jul 24, 2010 04:25 PM

            So what do they cost? I would say they would have to be the best cupcakes in the world given their tiny size to be worth more than a couple bucks, since on an ounce for ounce basis, at that price a cake would cost $100.
            Like all too many bakeries, their website menu does not even list the prices! How arrogant is that? (It's a CUPCAKE for gosh sakes, I don't care if they are on TV!)
            Reminds me of that French baker at the DuPont Circle Market - no prices listed, but they line up for a block to buy whatever at whatever price they will be charged. So DC.

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            1. re: a1234
              monavano RE: a1234 Jul 24, 2010 04:49 PM

              Wow, chill!!

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                beauxgoris RE: monavano Jul 26, 2010 11:10 AM

                ^^Hahaha. Seriously.

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              reiflame RE: ZenFoodist Aug 22, 2010 08:01 AM

              We drove by the new storefront last night coming home from dinner and all I can say is - holy crap! That line is incredible - I'm glad I got to try them before the TV show, because there's no way I'm waiting for an hour for cupcakes!

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              1. re: reiflame
                red dragon RE: reiflame Aug 22, 2010 01:00 PM

                Hi reiflame, do you know what kind of frosting they had? American or Swiss Meringue?

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                  pineapple sage RE: reiflame Aug 22, 2010 01:26 PM

                  The store in Bethesda is just as good without the lines if you don't care about seeing the sisters and the shop where the show takes place.. And it has a parking lot across the street.

                  1. re: pineapple sage
                    Steve RE: pineapple sage Aug 22, 2010 01:53 PM

                    And Bakeshop in Arlington has outright better cupcakes. As I live in Arlington, I have no reason to go to Georgetown Cupcake anymore.

                    Georgetown Cupcake
                    1209 Potomac St NW, Washington, DC

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                      spinachandchocolate RE: Steve Aug 22, 2010 03:57 PM

                      I have found Bakeshop cupcakes to be nothing special. I already have trouble justifying paying the going rate for cupcakes, but these ones especially are smaller than the rest of the bunch--three bites worth. The frosting is too sweet for me, too.

                      There is no way I would wait in line for an hour--let alone 15 minutes for a cupcake, even if they were giving them away for free. However, I guess you burn some calories standing while you wait.

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                        Indy 67 RE: spinachandchocolate Aug 22, 2010 06:02 PM

                        Driving past Georgetown Cupcake this evening, we were pleasantly surprised to see that there was no line. Of course, the shop was closed, but, at least, folks weren't lined up waiting for Monday's opening.

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                          reiflame RE: Indy 67 Aug 22, 2010 07:00 PM

                          That made me laugh!

                        2. re: spinachandchocolate
                          MikeR RE: spinachandchocolate Aug 23, 2010 04:42 AM

                          You pay extra to not get a cupcake that's too big. ;)

                          I don't get the cupcake thing either, but hey, some people are making a good living by selling them. They even get to be on TV.

                          1. re: MikeR
                            Steve RE: MikeR Aug 23, 2010 06:51 AM

                            When I bite into a Bakeshop cupcake, I am always amazed at the buttery and airy combination. That's what gets me. Over the last 7 or so years I have been going to various recommended bakeries for my kids' birthday cakes, and I am usually disappointed.

                            In terms of price, I must say the $2.75 or so they charge at Bakeshop is lower than what I would pay for a slice of cake somewhere else, and it is soooo much better.

                          2. re: spinachandchocolate
                            altan RE: spinachandchocolate Aug 23, 2010 12:40 PM

                            Even though I like the cupcakes at both Georgetown & Bakeshop, my favourite for now remains Baked & Wired. It depends on how you look at cupcakes....I think the frosting at B&W beats the other two easily, but perhaps their cake itself will not be to everyone's liking. In the end it's a matter of preference! The other thing with bakeshop is that it can be incosistent - I've had dry cupcakes a couple of times.

                            Baked & Wired
                            1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, DC

                            1. re: altan
                              Steve RE: altan Aug 27, 2010 11:11 AM

                              I went to Baked and WIred for a cupacake. This was my second time there. The first was years back before the cupcake craze. I didn't think much of it then, and I think less of it now. The frosting was icky sweet and grainy. The cake was ok, typical of an average bakery.

                              There's a reason the lines started forming at Georgetown Cupcake well before the publicity took hold. The only reason I have no need to return there is I can get even better cupcakes closer to home. But nobody would stand on a line for this stuff.

                              However, the granola at Baked and Wired is definitely worth seeking out. If any granola wars break out, they are way ahead of the competition. Great stuff - loaded with golden oats, gorgeous fruit and even a salty tang.

                              Georgetown Cupcake
                              1209 Potomac St NW, Washington, DC

                              1. re: Steve
                                chowser RE: Steve Aug 27, 2010 01:03 PM

                                Overall I don't get the whole cupcake craze but I didn't care a lot for Baked and Wired. I thought the cupcakes were on the dry side and the frosting too sweet. It wasn't worth finishing. I like Georgetown better but wouldn't wait in line for either, or travel to DC. You can make a better cupcake in less time than waiting the line.

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                                  hamster RE: Steve Aug 28, 2010 01:17 PM

                                  Have to say that I shared a couple cupcakes at Baked and Wired just two weeks ago and they blew me away. All the cakes were extremely moist, and I thought the frosting was awesome. We tried peach almond, chai, and strawberry with chocolate frosting. Loved them all. I like them a lot better than Hello Cupcake and Georgetown Cupcake. I haven't tried Bakeshop yet. Certainly it is all a matter of personal taste!

                                  Hello Cupcake
                                  1351 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC

                                  Georgetown Cupcake
                                  1209 Potomac St NW, Washington, DC

                                  1. re: Steve
                                    altan RE: Steve Aug 31, 2010 10:26 AM

                                    I guess it does boil down to a choice. I am not a big fan of cupcakes in general, but I dig the frosting on B&W's more than anything else. Georgetown is very good, but a couple of times I have been disappointed by their frosting. Where do you go for your 'better' cupcakes?

                                    And your spot-on about the granola as well!

                                    1. re: altan
                                      Steve RE: altan Aug 31, 2010 10:31 AM

                                      Bakeshop in Arlington. Small, very airy, very buttery cupcakes. Out of about ten flavors, maybe almond is the only one I don't care for because of the nuts. Hard to go wrong otherwise.

                            2. re: pineapple sage
                              foodtrip RE: pineapple sage Aug 24, 2010 05:04 AM

                              No lines?! I've driven or walked by the shop in Bethesda on 3 separate occasions in the past 10 days and there has always been a line -- sure, probably not as long as those in DC, but still...easily 20-25 people standing in line outside, blocking entrance to all of the other businesses.

                          3. monavano RE: ZenFoodist Aug 23, 2010 07:54 AM

                            Just a suggestion to avoid the long lines. Convince your friends or coworkers to order cupcakes for delivery. There's a delivery charge, but beats the heck out of waiting in line!

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                            1. re: monavano
                              chowser RE: monavano Aug 25, 2010 01:13 PM

                              Or place your order online and pay for it then. You can skip the line and pick them up.

                              I think the cupcakes are okay, definitely not worth waiting in line for, especially in DC heat.

                              1. re: chowser
                                monavano RE: chowser Aug 27, 2010 11:59 AM

                                Great tip! Similar strategy as The Italian Store.

                                Italian Store
                                3123 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22201

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                                  chowser RE: monavano Aug 27, 2010 01:01 PM

                                  Good to know about the Italian Store! I'll do it next time. It also works with Chipotle and is great if you're placing a large order.

                                  Italian Store
                                  3123 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22201

                                  14925 Shady Grove Rd Unit L, Rockville, MD 20850

                              2. re: monavano
                                ktmoomau RE: monavano Aug 27, 2010 12:03 PM

                                Just ordered some for a picnic tomorrow, being delivered to my house pre-picnic. $10 for delivery is a steal!

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                                powermd RE: ZenFoodist Aug 23, 2010 03:00 PM

                                If you haven't tried a Buzz cupcake at Buzz Bakery in Alexandria on Slater Lane, you're definitely missing out. Their other cupcakes are okay, but the Buzz is transcendent. I love the light airy frosting with just the right amount of espresso flavor, it beats the pants of of anything I've had at Georgetown Cupcakes.

                                Georgetown Cupcake
                                1209 Potomac St NW, Washington, DC

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                                  daves_32 RE: powermd Aug 24, 2010 05:27 AM

                                  I don't enjoy cupcakes generally but I do like the Guinness cupcake from Buzz.

                                2. Pool Boy RE: ZenFoodist Aug 24, 2010 07:00 AM

                                  Georgetown Cupakes makes cupcakes that delivery really excellent icing/frosting/filling in an average to good 'cake' part of the cupcake. if they could up their game on the cake part, they'd be really, really good. I wish they just sold the icing. ;-p

                                  1. woodleyparkhound RE: ZenFoodist Aug 25, 2010 06:04 AM

                                    I walked past the Bethesda location last night and saw no line, so I popped in. This was my first visit to this store, but I've been to the Georgetown location about 3 times. One cupcake I had there was impressive (chocolate with molten marshmallow center and marshmallows on top that had been hit with a blowtorch, making a chewy topping). I really loved it, but haven't seen that kind since and have never had another one that did anything for me. Last night's coconut was a real disappointment. They told me the cake itself was coconut cake (I was wanting to make sure I wasn't getting a vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting and coconut sprinkled on top). Not only did it not taste very strongly of coconut at all, it tasted of something else that I couldn't identify but didn't like at all - some sort of extract I think. This was the worst one I've had so far. I still just don't get it. When I walked by it again, about 9:00 p.m. there were about 10 people in line outside the door. I would NEVER wait in a line for this place.

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                                      chicken kabob RE: woodleyparkhound Aug 25, 2010 07:34 AM

                                      i agree. i think georgetown cupcake is good, but not great. and the cupcakes are too small. my new favorite is vanilla birthday cake. the chocolate cake (without lava) is too dry. in my opinion.

                                    2. ktmoomau RE: ZenFoodist Aug 30, 2010 02:59 PM

                                      Ordered two dozen for a picnic this past weekend. They were to be delivered from 11:00-1:00 pm and we right at 11:00. Driver didn't seem to expect a tip at all, but I gave him a small tip. Everyone at the picnic was excited, even the tech geeks. I have definite favorites. The Key Lime is my current, I also like Ginger Peach and Vanilla 2.

                                      You can say what you want, but if you take these to a party people thank you like you just gave them a puppy. And the delivery was super convenient. I just wish we had more leftovers. And they held up well at the picnic, although we had a mostly shaded spot.

                                      Key Lime Cafe
                                      207 N Talbot St, Saint Michaels, MD 21663

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                                      1. re: ktmoomau
                                        DanielK RE: ktmoomau Aug 30, 2010 05:05 PM

                                        I'm not a huge cupcake fan, but I do love key lime (pie, cookies, cake, candy, in drinks, whatever). The key lime cupcakes were spectacular.

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