Georgetown is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Washington DC. Located in the Northwest quadrant of the city, the area is filled with charm, character, and paints a story to the history of Georgetown. Even though you are minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the center of our nation’s capitol, it feels as if you’re a world away.
Most visitors in the Georgetown area would flock to Georgetown Cupcake to sample one of the city’s most famed cupcakery. A secret wonder that the locals know is Baked and Wired.
Walking inside, my eyes dance along the counter filled with rows of cupcakes. I soon spot the one I’m about to enjoy… the vanilla on vanilla.
The vanilla cake is homemade at its best! I don’t think even your grandmother could bake something that would top this cake. The top center was slightly doughy. However, I couldn’t tell if that was because of the frosting and the way it sat on the cake. The rest of the cake (its top, edges, and throughout) was cooked perfectly.
Even though the counter lady said it was a buttercream frosting, I would have to argue with her. It’s quite possible it could have been made with some butter, but I couldn’t taste it. I could definitely taste the powdered sugar, which made the frosting very sweet. The frosting wasn’t as white as one would assume. It had a gray hue to it, which probably came from using a dark vanilla flavoring instead of clear vanilla.
Their cupcakes aren’t called “cupcakes”, but rather “cake cups”. Each one was wrapped in individual parchment paper cups. Very clever!
I loved everything about this place. The concept of a coffeehouse/bakery is brilliant. The coffee shop itself had a funky, chill
atmosphere that makes it a great place to study, hang out, take a date, or even people watch. Their selection of not only cupcakes, but other sweet homemade indulgences would cause any sweet tooth to get misty-eyed. I would love to go back when they have live music, grab a cup of coffee and a “cake cup”, and enjoy a relaxing evening.
My advice? Skip Georgetown Cupcakes on your next visit and try something new. In addition to getting a bigger cupcake for the price, you’ll get to really experience one of Georgetown’s best kept secrets.