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Cupcake Queens: Crumbs Bake Shop

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A new Cupcakery opened Saturday. And I was there. Are you surprised? I didn’t think so.

Crumbs Bake Shop, which has locations in L.A., New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, opened on 11th and F N.W. this Saturday. I’d never experienced Crumbs, but a few of my friends who work in New York absolutely rave about it.

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Crumbs does set itself apart from other cupcakeries. First of all, the cupcakes are enormous. They blow Bake & Wired—previously the largest cupcakes in the District—out of the water. They have three sizes: taste (mini), classic (normal), and signature (the six-ounce enormity just mentioned). But, the signature is the one they offer in the most flavors in store. They also have basketball-sized cupcakes for parties. (My birthday is in July, just FYI).

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Second, they have a ridiculous selection with all types of flavors. The flavor selection destroys all competition, including Georgetown Cupcake and Lavender Moon Cupcakery, which both have plenty of flavors to choose from.

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They have all your regular flavors: chocolate, vanilla, red velvet, mocha, coconut. Then, they take those run-of-the-mill flavors and jazz them up with flavors like fudge chocolate chip, brownie, “black out,” “good guy” (vanilla with lots of sprinkles), candy, and vanilla coconut. Unique flavors include cookie dough, coffee toffee, pecan pie, cosmo (SJP would be proud), apple cobbler, and others. They also have Hanukkah, Thanksgiving, and Holiday collections.

Essentially, if you go to Crumbs, you will find the cupcake of your dreams.

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Lastly, when you bite into (or, in this instance, cut open) a Crumbs cupcake, you discover it has filling inside. As my friend said last night during our cupcake discussion, “You, like, bite into it, and there’s … delicious shit inside.”

‘Nuff said.

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On our visit, I had Espresso and Bridget had German Chocolate. We were both in chocolate heaven. Our new friend who shared the counter space with us had Oreo, and was disappointed that it was vanilla cake rather than chocolate. (Rather odd, don’t you think?) We also got free coffee with our cupcakes, always a plus.

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The downside of Crumbs? No tables. They have one counter in the window for you to stand at, allowing passersby to witness you stuffing your face. And, the signature size cupcakes are not the type you would be able to eat on the go. So, for those of you who work downtown, you could bring it to your office. But, that could be bad because (a) your coworkers might try to steal your cupcake, or (b) they may judge you for eating a cupcake the size of your head in one sitting.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Lastly, Crumbs has a few (three) flavors of whoopie pies. So, I brought a red velvet one home for beau. It was slightly disappointing. A few notes: It was ugly. It was red velvet but didn’t have cream-cheese frosting (wtf?). I didn’t think it was very yummy. Beau and I decided we aren’t whoopie pie experts just yet so we can’t give an official rating, but it certainly paled in comparison to Crumbs’ cupcakes.

Poor, lone ugly little whoopie. Photo credit: Cori Sue Morris

Great flavors that come in three sizes. (We’re women, we love options).

The Cupcake 5 Factor:
Pretty? No. (Enormous? Yes.)
Extensive Flavor Selection? Yes.
Moist cake? Yes.
Good Frosting? Yes.
Good Ambiance? Somewhat.

Crumbs Bake Shop
604 11th Street NW (F Street)
Washington, D.C.
(202) 737-4001

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