I like to think Old Town Alexandria is the new Georgetown. At least, it’s my new spot for brunching, shopping, and a stop at a cupcakery with girlfriends on the weekend. The neighborhood is filled with adorable boutiques, including a lot of upscale consignment and sample-sale boutiques for great deals on high-end goods. I’d stopped at Lavender Moon Cupcakery before, so it was only fair I stop by its recently opened rival, Alexandria Cupcake.
Located right on King Street, Alexandria Cupcake has a prime location for a mid-shopping snack. The décor is sparse—definitely not as charming as its rival down the road. When we stopped in, they were out of a lot of flavors, including their “signature” and my favorite, red velvet. (This is unfortunate for my comparison of all red velvets in the city, sigh.)
At three dollars, Alexandria’s cupcakes are cheaper than those in the District. They have plenty of special menu items, including Vegan and gluten-free chocolate cupcakes, which are a bit more expensive than the regular ones ($3.75). The menu also says they have a rosewater cupcake, another signature menu item that was regrettably absent on our visit.
I had the vanilla bean: bourbon vanilla bean cake with vanilla bean butter cream frosting topped with a blueberry. They took the vanilla bean to another level with large specks that emitted a lovely vanilla scent and a very strong flavor.
Far braver, Maggie had the PB&J: vanilla cake, layered in the middle with grape jelly, and topped with peanut butter frosting, which she said was phenom. The almond cupcake, which had both almond cake and frosting, she described as pouring almond extract into your mouth—overpowering and not-so-good.
I brought beau back a strawberry cupcake and was very pleased they had biodegradable cupcake to-go-cases (which I saved and now use for my lunches). Beau loved his strawberry cupcake– but what does he know? He’s more of a whoopie pie expert.
Good cupcakes, nice they have vegan and gluten-free options. But, in Alexandria, we like Lavender Moon Cupcakery better—better ambiance, more flavors, cuter/yummier cupcakes. Definitely beats out Red Velvet, Curbside Cupcake, and Cake Love here in the District, however.
The Cupcake 5 Factor:
Extensive Flavor Selection? Decent.
Moist cake? Yes.
Good Frosting? Yes.
Good Ambiance? Somewhat.
1022 King St. Alexandria, V.A.