A New Kind of Tasting by Raz


The following was written by PoP contributor Raz

Wine tasting—been there, beer tasting—done that, how about a cupcake tasting? My friend had this brilliant idea a few weeks ago and the event materialized Wednesday night.

We gathered at a friend’s house and everyone brought cupcakes from a bakery or made their own.
The line-up included:

  • Georgetown Cupcake
  • Baked and Wired
  • Red Velvet
  • Sticky Fingers
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Hello Cupcake
  • Homemade Pumpkin Cream Cheese Cupcakes
  • Open City
  • CakeLove

Most people brought a variety of 3-6 cupcakes from each place. We all cut the cupcakes into bite-size pieces and discussed fluffiness, cake and frosting style, flavor, etc.
The crowd favorites were Georgetown Cupcake and Baked and Wired.

This was a fun way to see if all these new cupcake places are worth the hype, and spend some time with friends.

What’s your favorite cupcake spot?


28 Comment

  • Baked and wired hands down… its filling delicious and not as trendy as G-town cupcake which means I’m not waiting in line out the door for it….

  • I liked Sticky Fingers’ chocolate with raspberry filling better than anything I’ve tried at Baked & Wired and Cakelove (and I’m not a vegan or even a vegetarian).

  • Unfortunately my favorite was not included. Larry’s Homemade Ice Cream in Dupont Circle is by far my favorite. The first day’s batch finishes around noon so you can grab them still warm after lunch.

  • I hate them all. I’d rather have some home-made ones. They are cheaper and better.

  • Reeve’s would have won this hands down a few years ago. RIP Reeve’s.

  • God bless you, Raz and PoP, but haven’t you noticed the obesity epidemic? Butter, refined white sugar, refined white flour, lard, egg yolks: there isn’t a single ingredient in cupcakes that is good for you.

    What next, cigarette tastings?

  • Lavender Moon in Old Town. While the Post derided them claiming they were “too flavorful” (or something along those lines – apparently the writers of the Cupcake Wars piece have the palates of 6 year olds). They’re the perfect size, the perfect consistency, the perfect creaminess and the flavors are amazing. Mexican Chocolate Pudding (I don’t even like chocolate), sea salt and pistachio, and my favorite, Fig Basil. G’town is pretty good too, but I recently had a mint chocolate from there that was so sweet I couldn’t finish it.

    Cake Love is awful.

  • Georgetown Cupcake hands down. Love the lava fudge.

    Agree Cake Love sucks.

  • Georgetown Cupcakes are out of this world. I like Hello Cupcake and Red Velvet as well. Nom!

    Yeah, Cake Love has gone down hill. What happened? I feel like they used to be good, either their quality has gone down, competition has got fiercer, or my tastebuds have become more discerning because I swear, 2 or 3 years ago I thought they were the bomb.

  • Buck Turgidson – stop being an old crumdgeon. it’s cupcakes for pete’s sakes, lighten up and have some fun on this beautiful friday!

  • Buzz in Alexandria

  • The Washington Post did series about DC cupcakes in the fall….


    I personally like Red Velvet… but I might be biased bc Tangy Sweet is next door 🙂

  • I have purchased almost no “Bad” cupcakes in DC.

    Cake Love got better competition. Cake Love changed the market, but then couldn’t change WITH the market. The fact that I haven’t seen Warren around town, but I used to see him all the time might account for something too. It’s interesting how Ace of Cakes took over the market that Sugar Rush was trying to go for.

    I can’t get out enough to try all the new ones.

    I never got anything that remotely provided value at Sticky Fingers. Unless they seriously changed in the last 6-12 months, they were awful that first year or so.

    The idea that someone can make a cupcake at home that equals 6 -12 cupcake assortment from the stores is ludicrous. At best I can make 2 frostings at home, but I don’t have the time to make 2 different cake batters from scratch and if you’re using a box mix at home, then your opinion here isn’t valid.

  • Buck Turgidson, are you worried about foreign substances contaminating your precious bodily fluids? I thought that was more a Jack D. Ripper thing.


  • Baked & Wired is a hazard of working in Georgetown…a tasty, tasty hazard 🙂

  • I hope Hello Cupcake’s Princess was on the table. That, and Baked & Wired’s Carrot Cake cupcake are (in my opinion) the best in the city.

  • My favorites are from the bakery in Eastern Market. 80 cents for a yellow cupcake with chocolate frosting, better than homemade. There may be better $3 cupcakes in the city, but you can’t beat the price.

  • I really like Hello Cupcake, which I recently discovered, right at Dupont Circle. Georgetown Cupcakes is also great but I hate the line. They have red velvet, which Hello Cupcake does not, as it’s not natural with its food dye and all. But still.

  • Hello! Cupcake is the best….

  • Hello! Hello! Hello! I love the Heart of Darkness and the You Tart! Don’t like Red Velvet or Cake Love AT ALL.

  • Buck Turgidson = wet blanket. Thanks for taking away from the enjoyment of this post. Go try to have fun sometime, it would be good for you.

  • Sorry, but Brown Betty in the Northern Liberties section of Philly puts all of the ones in DC to shame (even though I like the Baked and Wired products). It is worth the drive up to Philly to pick them up – and they are also larger and cheaper than the DC wanna-bees … A friend had a cupcake benefit party a few months ago and EVERYONE was talking about Brown Betty’s cupcakes. Check it out: http://www.brownbettydesserts.com/

  • My dad always took us kids to the old farmer’s market in Georgetown on Saturday to buy real cheeses. The cheese-man’s dear sweet wife always gave us a bag of her home-made oatmeal raisen cookies, which were hard and lumpy, both dry and gluey, a scary shade of cadaver grey, and tasted like a cross between concrete and horse pocky. After thanking her, we were obliged to eat one then and there so she could enjoy our delight.

    But one Saturday she forgot the cookies so instead took us to the nearby bakery case and let us each choose a cupcake. There will never in the world be a cupcake as good as that!

  • I love Hello Cupcake. Plus, when I ordered a bunch for a baby shower, I got an email from the owner the next day asking how everyone liked the cupcakes. I thought that was pretty cool.

  • did someone seriously just post that cupcakes are better in philly? ok. i’ve been to sarconi’s and honestly, it sucked. the whole “xxx is better in [philly/ny/chicago/LA/whatever] genre is played out.

  • if anyone says that cakelove is their favorite cupcakery, i will junk-punch them!

  • You have to love Baked & Wired. Their cupcakes are moist. I can’t say that of the other entries. Recommended: peanutbutter chocolate for expert sweet/salty combo. But some of their other baked goods have suffered from decreased quality in the last year. The raspberry crunches come to mind, as they’re no longer crunchy nor have delightful saltiness. Boo hoo.

    And thanks to Nichole for mentioning Lavener Moon. Those flavors sound more interesting than the lot in DC. I just hope the execution’s up to snuff.

  • Baked and Wired is my favorite. I also like Hello Cupcake – interesting flavors. Red Velvet is even more expensive than the competitors, and their icing is a little grainy for my taste. Cake Love suuuucks (why in the world would you sell a cupcake to someone straight out of a refrigerator? If I come in on foot and buy a single cupcake, I’m sure as hell not going to take it home and wait for it to warm up to room temperature. Cold dry cupcakes are a total waste of $3).

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