On a two-day D.C. trip, it seems my guests all veer toward a similar agenda. Day 1: National Mall and Smithsonian museums. Day 2: Georgetown. While I find Georgetown adorable, great for shopping, and a must-see in D.C., there’s not that much to do. Most of the store’s aren’t particularly unique or revolutionary (i.e. they’re chains– Banana Republic, BCBG, Urban Outfitters, ect.). After window shopping, a stroll down the canal, and lunch at Clyde’s, said visitors usually join the other tourists in line at Georgetown Cupcake. (Sound familiar?)
Georgetown Cupcake is by far the best-known cupcakery in Washington, but it is not necessarily the best. That title is currently up for grabs. Washingtonian’s Best Bites Blog is currently hosting a Cupcake Cup (ala March Madness bracket format) to make this decision once and for all.
Well, Georgetown Cupcake certainly is doing well because they moved (a block away) to a larger, more prominent location at 3301 M. Street. They also recently opened a second shop in Bethesda. At the flagship, the lines are still long, but move quicker thanks to more space at the new location. There are a suspicious number of teenage boys working at Georgetown Cupcake, leading our male friend to surmise they are there to “pick up chicks.” However, upon savoring his first cupcake, aforementioned male stated “nope, they’re definitely here for the free cupcakes.” In our pink boxes, we had key lime, double chocolate, red velvet and lemonberry.
Aside from the location and hype, Georgetown Cupcake has some other things going for it: perfectly poised frosting, adorable pink boxes, lovely flower arrangements, great coffee… and, yes, great-tasting cupcakes.
The Cupcake 5 Factor:
Extensive Flavor Selection? Yes.
Moist cake? Yes.
Good Frosting? Yes.
Good Ambiance? No, absurdly long lines and a rushed experience.
3301 M St. N.W.