Sunday, November 28, 2010

Cupcake Tour: Washington DC

When I go on vacation there's one thing I can look forward to no matter where I go: new baked goodies to try! A few weekends ago Tom and I went to Washington DC for a wedding. We visited with friends, went for runs around the Mall and Embassy Row, and of course, had a cupcake tour through Georgetown.

First stop: Baked and Wired. It's not easy to spot, especially with the construction going on, but well worth the detour! Their cupcakes our HUGE and unique. They don't have the typical "I'm a cupcake" wrapper. There were so many flavors to choose from. Did I want the Chocolate Satin, the Chocolate Cupcake of Doom, or to step out of my comfort zone and try the Strawberry Cupcake? I finally decided on Theresa's Birthday Cake which their website describes as  "The family recipe for moist tangy chocolate cake with a maple buttercream." I had to pay homage to my Vermont roots and give it a go. 

It was amazing!!!! I loved the frosting. Some of the others didn't like how sweet the frostings were, but I liked the texture and for me, the sweetness balanced out my chocolate cupcake. Tom tried the Caramel Apple - which was too sweet for me! It was an apple cake topped with caramel and frosting. 

Clockwise starting from the left: Carrot Cake, Chai Cupcake, Teresa's Birthday Cake, and Caramel Apple

Stop #2: Georgetown Cupcakes. The main purpose of the cupcake tour was to check out the TLC-famous cupcake shop. I knew to expect a line but I wasn't ready to wait in it. It took at least 20 minutes to get inside their doors (I refused to look at my watch). For some reason, it was more difficult for me to choose what I wanted when I saw the cupcakes. Their famous frosting wasn't visually doing it for me. We picked up 6 cupcakes and were on our way to dinner.

When I think of red velvet I think of a cocoa cake and cream cheese frosting. I didn't taste that with their version, which was quite a disappointment. We had their chocolate cupcake with peanut butter frosting, but again, I didn't like it. Their strawberry cupcake for some reason screamed fake strawberries, so that was a no go for me as well. Their chocolate ganache is what saved me with each cupcake. I apologize for not having a photo of their cupcakes but after our plane ride back to VT they no longer looked worthy of a photo.

Which one wins? Baked and Wired. It'll definitely be a stop on my next visit to Georgetown. My mouth is watering just thinking of it.....

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