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My queries aren't making the cut on Tom and Todd's respective chats, so I'll pose my question here:

Where in the District can one find a good cupcake?

And by good, you can presume that I don't mean the chilled, dry, overly-pasty-buttercream iced vareity sold up on U Street. I'm looking for bakeries, restaurants, or any other kind of retailer, provided they are in the District or are accessible by Metro.

NYC has Magnolia, Baked, Billy's, Buttercup, Crumbs, Sugar Sweet Sunshine, and so many more. Surely we must have a hidden gem somewhere.

Reference:
New York Magazine on the NYC Cupcake Wars
Cupcakes Take The Cake

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[The following posts have been split into separate threads:

Curbside Cupcakes (SeanMike)

Crumbs Bake Shop (DaveO)]

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Last April I was presented with some awesome chocolate cupcakes after my dinner at CityZen. Too bad you have to blow $$$ to get at them. :lol:

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My queries aren't making the cut on Tom and Todd's respective chats, so I'll pose my question here:

Where in the District can one find a good cupcake? 

And by good, you can presume that I don't mean the chilled, dry, overly-pasty-buttercream iced vareity sold up on U Street.  I'm looking for bakeries, restaurants, or any other kind of retailer, provided they are in the District or are accessible by Metro. 

NYC has Magnolia, Baked, Billy's, Buttercup, Crumbs, Sugar Sweet Sunshine, and so many more.  Surely we must have a hidden gem somewhere.

Reference:

New York Magazine on the NYC Cupcake Wars

Cupcakes Take The Cake

They don't exist!

Amernick's used to a have a decent cupcake and there was a place in Arlington called Brennan's that I loved but it went out of business back in 01.

I stock up when I'm in NY....

Jennifer

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My queries aren't making the cut on Tom and Todd's respective chats, so I'll pose my question here:

Where in the District can one find a good cupcake? 

And by good, you can presume that I don't mean the chilled, dry, overly-pasty-buttercream iced vareity sold up on U Street.  I'm looking for bakeries, restaurants, or any other kind of retailer, provided they are in the District or are accessible by Metro. 

NYC has Magnolia, Baked, Billy's, Buttercup, Crumbs, Sugar Sweet Sunshine, and so many more.  Surely we must have a hidden gem somewhere.

Reference:

New York Magazine on the NYC Cupcake Wars

Cupcakes Take The Cake

Make your own! 1 box Duncan Hines cake mix + 2 eggs + 1 cup milk + snarky pink frosting = Voila!

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Make your own! 1 box Duncan Hines cake mix + 2 eggs + 1 cup milk + snarky pink frosting = Voila!

How about some Funfetti on a nasty rainy day? Call in sick.

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What exactly makes a cupcake "good"?  To my unsophisticated palate, they all taste the same.

I hope Brian the baker chimes in to respond to your question but I'll give you my take:

A cupcake should be light and airy, have a very rich taste and though it is cake does not exactly have the same mouth feel as a piece of cake from a larger cake.

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While my kids have a passion for Funfetti anything, our favorite cupcakes are at Pastries by Randolph on Lee Highway (4500 block) in Arlington. These are not fancy, but absolutely delicious - light, perfect frosting, and only about $1.00 each. Not metro accessible, but find a friend with a car - you can stock up next door at Arrowine with that perfect wine to accompany your cupcakes, and get dinner at the Crisp and Juicy at the other end of the block.

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I suppose most of us already know this, but Cakelove is definitely not where you will find good cupcakes. Had access to an assortment of Cakelove cupcakes last night, and I was totally underwhelmed. Dry, flavorless cake and icing the consistency of Crisco. Must be nice to fly along on reputation (and completely absurd prices) alone. . .

Oops. Just read LoganCircle's original posting more carefully and realized he already dismissed the "place on U Street."

Edited: to acknowledge other's wisdom.

Edited by hungry prof

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we had a decent enough cupcake from Wheatberry in Cleveland Park (what an awful name).

Not the best I've ever had - that distinction belongs to Two Little Red Hens in NYC but pretty good nonetheless, not dry, nice and chocolately, and the icing was good as well

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Oh, finally a mention of Wheatberry. You have to give me the information. I have heard about it, but didn't know where to look or how to get ahold of it. As for cupcakes, I think that, besides b&w, Balducci's offers some good ones. I was disappointed by those at Jettie's last week.

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So if one of us opened a bakery specializing in really good cupcakes, would you all become patrons?

You would see me at least twice a week.

Find a 400 square foot space in the right pedestrian neighborhood and you've got a business partner waiting.

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You would see me at least twice a week.

Find a 400 square foot space in the right pedestrian neighborhood and you've got a business partner waiting.

Cleveland Park, perhaps?

Edited by Camille-Beau

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Cleveland Park, perhaps?

Well, Ann Amernick couldn't make it work there. BUT, she didn't market the cupcakes ala Magnolia. She had terrible hours and not much selection.

If you were open 7 days a week from 9 until 7 and perhaps later and earlier on Friday/Saturdays and had a welcoming store and good layout.

I'd be there and I'd probably volunteer to work some weekends too. Surely you would need an icing tester!!!!

Jennifer

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Have you tried Reeves?

I bought a dozen cupcakes at Reeve's Bakery during lunch and brought them back to the office to share with my coworkers. The cupcakes, while good, were not of the same ilk as those served by the establishments mentioned in my original post. The cakes were light and airy, more like what you'd find at the Giant than at Magnolia, Buttercup, et al. The buttercream frosting was also light, and was decidedly more buttery than sweet.

I had, ahem, three of the four varieties available today, so that I could fairly report back to you all. Interestingly, my usual preference for yellow or vanilla cake with buttercream frosting was not the combination I liked most from Reeve's.

The Reeve's Cupcake Taste-off Rankings:

1. Yellow cake with chocolate fudge frosting

2. Chocolate cake with buttercream frosting

3. Yellow cake with buttercream frosting (usually my favorite)

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4. Chocolate cake with chocolate fudge frosting (did not sample)

When I, in all seriousness, asked the panel of staff what the ingredients were in the cupcakes (or if they had a list that I could look over), they chuckled and provided an "ummm, cake." After a little prodding, they did say they used butter rather than oil. That was the end of that line of inquiry.

The little treats were $1.00 undecorated and $1.35 with Halloween decoration. And while I'll keep looking for something more to my liking, I would eat these over Cakelove's any day of the week.

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Well, Ann Amernick couldn't make it work there.  BUT, she didn't market the cupcakes ala Magnolia.  She had terrible hours and not much selection. 

If you were open 7 days a week from 9 until 7 and perhaps later and earlier on Friday/Saturdays and had a welcoming store and good layout. 

I'd be there and I'd probably volunteer to work some weekends too.  Surely you would need an icing tester!!!!

Jennifer

Ditto what she said. :lol: If Amernick had been a little more cafe-style with good coffee or tea and a small seating area, it would have been great. Add in some friendly staff and a broader product assortment, and I would have killed half my Saturdays there.

I'm willing to speculate that the Riedel's space might be vacant soon...

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I did not like the Wheatberry cupcakes at all.  Reminded me a bit of CakeLove actually.  Dry and sort of tasteless.  Like eating a mouthful of butter...

not the ones we had.....I guess YMMV depending on the day

I didn't realize Wheatberry was a chain - I'm actually surprised the one in CP is still in business - whenever I pass by its empty

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muffins are just bald cupcakes, discuss

Not in my experience. The basic ingredients are the same, but the proportions differ, and the method of combining does, too. Cupcakes = miniature American style (that is, butter) cake. Muffins = cupcake-shaped quick bread.

If there's another dr.com gathering sometime I will bring cupcakes from maison Miller - truly the best that I know of. :lol:

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