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Cupcake Queens: The Cupcake Guide

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Baked & Wired
Location: Georgetown, 1052 Thomas Jefferson St. N.W., Washington, D.C. (202) 333-2500
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Bitches say: The coolest cupcakery with the biggest and most delicious cupcakes. An all-around win. Coffee’s not too shabby, either.

Bakeshop
Location: Arlington, 1025 N. Fillmore St., Arlington, V.A. (517) 970-6460
Hours: Mon. closed, Tues.–Sat. 12–8 p.m., Sun. 12–6 p.m.
The Bitches say: We’ll let you know soon enough!

Buzz
Location: Old Town, 901 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, V.A. (703) 600-2899
Hours: 6 a.m. to midnight 7 days a week.
The Bitches say: We’ve heard good things, hoping to make it there soon!

Cake Love
Locations:
U-Street: 1506 U St. N.W., Washington D.C. (202) 588-7100
Silver Spring: 935 Ellsworth Dr., Silver Spring, M.D. (301) 565-2253
Tyson’s Corner: 1961 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, V.A. (703) 442-4880
National Harbor: 160 National Plaza, Fort Washington, M.D. (301) 686-0340
Hours: vary by location, see Web site.
The Bitches say: Well-known cupcakery with multiple locations in the area and a spot on an American Express commercial. We’ve had multiple terrible tasting experiences with CakeLove U-Street and National Harbor locations. Cupcake fail.

Crumbs
Location: 604 11thSt. N.W. (at F Street), Washington, D.C., (202) 737-4001
Union Station Terminal, Train Concourse
40 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C., (202) 408-001
Hours:
Penn Quarter: Mon. – Thurs. 7 a.m. to 9 .m., Fri. 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.. Sun. 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Union Station: Mon.- Fri. 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sat. 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun. 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Bitches say: Enormous cupcakes, dozens of flavor options, limited seating space, and they taste pretty good.

Curbside Cupcakes
Location: Curbside, follow them on Twitter to see the location: @CurbsideCupcake. (202) 495-0986
The Bitches say: Cupcakes are not too great. Cute pink truck, major bonus that they come to you.

Cupcakes Actually
Location: Fairfax Corner, 11944 Grand Commons Ave, Fairfax, V.A. (571) 522-6315
Hours: Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun, 12–6 p.m.
The Bitches say: Looks cute and delish, but, Fairfax is too far for us city girls!

Fancy Cakes by Leslie
Location: Bethesda, 4939 Elm St., Bethesda, M.D. (301) 652- 9390
Hours:  Mon.–Thurs. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun. 12–6 p.m.
The Bitches say: Booze filled cupcakes? We’re in. This snazzy bakery was featured on Ace of Cakes and TLC’s the Ultimate Cake Off; and baked cakes for the Pope and J.Lo’s birthdays. The pope and J.Lo? Talk about power players.

Frosting
Location: Chevy Chase, 1 Wisconsin Circle, Chevy Chase, M.D. (301) 539-9021
Hours: Tues.–Thurs. 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fri. 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed Monday.
The Bitches say: Adorable with a capital A! The cupcakes are delish, and the concept, decor, and Web site are precious. Definitely try the vanilla, it’s made with super-secret amazing extract and is to-die-for.

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Georgetown Cupcake
Locations:
Georgetown: 3301 M. St. Washington, D.C. (202) 333-8448
Bethesda: 4834 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda. M.D. (301) 907-8900
Hours: Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun. 12–6 p.m.
The Bitches say: The founders of the cupcake trend in D.C. and the prettiest cupcakes in the city. Delish cupcakes, pink boxes, and long lines!

Hello Cupcake!
Location: Dupont. 1361 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington D.C. (202) 861-2253
Hours: Mon.–Thurs. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Bitches say: Delicious cupcakes, creative flavors, great location, and adorable girly/modern décor. Their frosting may be the best in town.

Lavender Moon Cupcakery
Location: Old Town. 116 S. Royal St., Alexandria, V.A. (703) 683-0588
Hours: Not listed.
The Bitches say: A, charming ambiance, delicious cupcakes in unique flavors. Worth the trip to Alexandria.

Red Velvet Cupcakery
Locations:
Penn Quarter: 675 E. St. N.W., Washington, D.C. (202) 347-7895
Dupont Circle: 2029 P St. N.W., Washington, D.C. (202) 822-2065
Hours: Mon.–Sun. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The Bitches say: Good, but nothing special.  If you go, go to the Penn Quarter location, and have the Southern Belle (Red Velvet).

Something Sweet
Location: Glover Park, 3706 Macomb St. N.W., Washington, D.C. (202) 364-2525
Hours: Tues.–Thurs.11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m., to 10:30 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sticky Fingers Bakery. Photo credit: Cori Sue Morris

Sprinkles
Location: Georgetown, 3015 M St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Hours: Mon. – Sat. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Bitches say: review coming shortly.

Sticky Fingers Bakery
Location: Columbia Heights, 1370 Park Rd. N.W., Washington D.C.  (202) 299-9700
Hours: Mon.–Thurs. 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Bitches say: This Vegan bakery is good for you, good for the environment, and tastes surprisingly good. You can’t even tell the cupcakes are vegan—and they really are sticky finger-lickin’ good! Worth the trip to Columbia Heights.

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  1. Hello. Hoping you can help me. Lucky magazine and Dior are hosting an event in Tyson’s Corner. Can you reco a local bakery for cupcakes?

    Thanks,
    Karen

  2. Karen, check out Danielle’s Desserts, Tysons Corner, VA, it is on the third level of the Tyson’s Galleria, they seem to make great cup cakes.

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