Old Town Alexandria is one of my favorite neighborhoods in the DC. Row houses line the cobble sidewalks throughout the city. Starting at the George Washington Masonic Memorial and following down King Street to the Potomac riverfront, this historic city is filled with history and character.
Situated in one of the row houses is a small boutique cupcake shop, Alexandria Cupcake. Walking inside the tiny store front, you meet history with modern. Their daily selections of cupcakes are proudly displayed on several pedestals on their simplistic counter. Each cupcake sits in its usual spot, just waiting to be taken out.
I spot my cupcake of choice, the Vanilla Bean.
This vanilla cake was perfectly baked and extremely soft and moist. Real speckles of vanilla bean were visible throughout. I’m such a huge fan of real vanilla beans! I think the little bits are so adorable, and I’m certain they can only add the best of flavor!
The vanilla frosting was lightly whipped, although a little too sweet. I immediately tasted an intense flavor of powdered sugar, not so much on the butter. I liked the texture of the frosting, but could have used a bit less sugar.
The cupcake had a minimalistic look. Instead of adding traditional toppings such as sprinkles, sugar, etc., they put a little blueberry on top. I wonder how they decided on a blueberry for their garnish, but regardless, it work extremely well and I thought it added a “freshness” value to it.
The cupcake smelled delicious! It had a sweet smell of pure vanilla. And, their store was filled with a great smell of butter and cakes baking. My nose was in a happy place, which made my mouth water dying to eat a cupcake.
They say that they use the finest ingredients, including Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla, organic eggs, and European sweet cream butter. After tasting their creations, I 100% believe that they do. With the rich, balanced flavor of the cake and the creaminess of the frosting, there is no doubt this is achieved by using the top of the line ingredients!
Out of all the places I visited this round in DC, Alexandria Cupcake was by far my favorite!
1022 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314