Recently I stopped by Love Cafe to sample their cupcake selection. I had high hopes, since it’s the sister cafe to the infamous Cake Love, which sits right across U Street and is a well-known name about the Beltway thanks to its baked goods and a certain American Express commercial.
Love Cafe, however, is more a coffee shop than a cupcakery, with people nestled in corners typing away on their laptops or reading the newspaper. It’s got a different feel from other area cupcakeries; it lacks the usual pink frills and long lines (this might be because it was founded by a man).
It’s unfortunate, but I was not very impressed by the cupcakes. They aren’t cute or well-decorated, and they look kind of blah (with a blah flavor to match).
First off, they’re cold, which peeves me. Second, the cake is dry. I had the Mud Pie – chocolate cake topped with chocolate ganache frosting and a dollop of chocolate buttercream on top, along with a german chocolate center. It was alright; nothing memorable. And, if four types of chocolate can’t impress me, nothing can.
Also, in the name of research, I brought home a second cupcake, the Red Velvet, to sample later on. Once again, the cake was dry, and it was a fake-bright-cherry red that could be mistaken for strawberry. It didnt taste like red velvet cake, either. Lastly, the cream-cheese frosting (my favorite part) was light and unflavorful.
I make much better cupcakes than these at home. Le sigh.
Update: A friend recently ordered two dozen Cake Love cupcakes for a birthday party where the bitches were in attendance. All the bitches agreed the variety of flavors were lackluster, and Cake Love’s customer service was rotten.
The Cupcake 5 Factor:
Extensive Flavor Selection? No.
Moist cake? No.
Good Frosting? No.
Good Ambiance? Yes, but awful awful service.
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