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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.

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!

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
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.

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
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.

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
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
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

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?


  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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