Sweet Potato Cake Scuttlebutt: Delectable Cakery Looking at DC USA Space in Columbia Heights

It’s been a long time since we had some good DC USA retail speculation/scuttlebutt. I’m hearing that Delectable Cakery is looking at the space next to Payless Shoes on the 14th St, NW side. According to their Web site:

From a very early age Derek Lowery enjoyed baking cakes with his mother. Mrs. Laurine Helen Lowery. Laurine Helen Lowery was an avid baker and constantly prepared desserts for her family every weekend and especially holidays. During Thanksgiving and Christmas it seemed like a commercial bakery at the Lowery home. There was an array of southern cakes, pies, and cookies. In 1988 Laurine Helen Lowery sent Derek an old family recipe for a cake made from fresh sweet potatoes.

He quickly prepared the cake and shared it at an office potluck; as a result of Derek serving the cake; two ladies had an argument over the last slice of cake that escalated into a “shoving match at the office potluck!” Inspiration was born and the rest is history. In 1998; Derek Lowery shared this cake with someone he sang with in the church choir; who in turn shared it with her co-workers at the “The Club at Franklin Square”. Within weeks, the Washingtonian Sweet Potato Cake was served in several DC area private clubs.

Soon after the Washingtonian Sweet Potato Cake was picked up by NORDSTROM and is currently served at Nordstrom Stores Espresso Bars in Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and on the menu of numerous restaurants in DC and New York City, NY.Since passing away in 2005; the legacy of Laurine Helen Lowery lives on. We’re confident you will discover what so many others have come to know. The Washingtonian Sweet Potato CAKE is one in a million! Just as the inspiration for this incredible recipe. Mrs. Laurine Helen Lowery!

They currently have two locations in Mt. Rainier and Landover Hills, MD.

Now remember that this is all just scuttlebutt and I have no idea how far along/serious these discussions are. Personally, I think they would make a great addition to the neighborhood. At the very least it’ll be fun to compare sweet potato cakes with sweet potato pies… I’ll be sure to update when/if more info becomes available.

Ed. Note: This scuttlebutt should not be mixed up with the talks of a bakery coming to DC USA that we had back in August. I understand that that group is still looking for other locations in Columbia Heights.

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  • How about an Apple store?

  • I’ve had this sweet potato cake at the MidCity Cafe on 14th and the cool-looking-but-otherwise-terrible coffee shop in Mount Rainer at the circle, and it is astoundingly good. Gooooo Delectable Cakery!

  • Yes! Better if they offer wifi and a place to study. I can never get a seat at Tynan anymore

  • Sounds good to me! I’m with Xi, WIFI please…

  • A bakery with a cafe area would be awesome! And if the rent is too steep for them, there are a few spots at the foot of the Georgia Ave/Petworth metro stations!!

  • Wait wait, I just read your Ed. Note. A french bakery/cafe with real baguettes is even better. I would cry tears of joy and volunteer to clean their floors if we could get that. I can’t believe I missed that post.

  • I love this idea.

    But I’m also still waiting for Arby’s to open in Columbia Heights.

  • Sticky Fingers was there first. There should be a law or moratorium preventing other bakeries from opening in the area. For health and safety reasons, of course.

  • Sticky Fingers would be a fine bakery if they would add some eggs and butter. Vegan bakery–blech.

    • Why are you so full of hate?

      • Doesn’t strike me has hateful. Just an honest (and very valid IMO) opinion.

        If you’re a vegan Sticky Fingers is great. If you’re not, then would you really pass up a cookie made with butter and eggs in favor of one made without them?

        • +1 million. Vegan baked goods taste like hardtack from a 19th century whaler. I made the mistake of eating some kind of sweet roll from Sticky fingers a while back, and I thought it was stale. Nope–just a function of vegan goodness, my vegan friends assured me.

        • Whether you are a Vegan or not, their baked goods are terrible with the shining exception of the Cowvin Oatmeal Sandwich bar. That thing is tasty. And their coffee is the sh*t!! Of course, it’s roasted in Durham NC.

          • I think their baked goods are fine. But, I can’t drink a latte made with fake milk, so never go in there. A real bread bakery would probably get more business from me that a cakery, but either is better than Arby’s.

  • I’m not vegan at all and I prefer Sticky Fingers over saturated fat filled, nasty, fake or processed.

    • I’m also not vegan (currently eating turkey soup on my lunch break!) but their chocolate-raspberry cupcake beats any cupcake I’ve tried in the District. I just wish they’d get a kosher certification–I’m not strict enough to mind about that and love eating them after meat meals–but they could really expand their business.

      now off my Sticky Fingers soapbox to say I’m glad for this place, too, and wish them much success. Let a thousand bakeries bloom.

    • Oh, but you can do wonderful baked goods without nasty, fake, and processed. Even occasionally without saturated fat. I hear you, though, on what many bakeshops seem to think “good” is.

  • yay possibility of one fewer empty storefront!

  • Sounds like it would be a great addition. But is ALL they make this one sweet potato cake? I’d love a bakery that makes a bit more, in addition. But whatever, beggers can’t be choosers, and DCUSA desparately could use a few local businesses to make its retail mix a tad more interesting. Still hoping for the traditional french bakery somewhere in CH … PLEASE!!!!!

  • Can’t wait for a Walmart. After all their motto is, “Save money. Live better.”

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