I’m sure it doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone that Georgetown Cupcakes, star of TLC’s DC Cupcakes, was at the top of my sightseeing list in DC. Right up there with the Oval Office…word to the wise, you aren’t allowed to see that. Even if you wear your “Barack Da House” shirt to the White House. I know, I was surprised too.
Apparently, you aren’t allowed to see Georgetown Cupcakes either. Unless, of course you want to wait in a line that wraps around what looked like the majority of our nation’s capital. Americans know what’s really important. We were just finishing a 7 hour bike ride, (yes. seven. hours.) which obviously ended with a hill the size of Mt Everest, so standing in line for a cupcake made me want to laugh and cry and pass out all at the same time. Which probably would not have gone over well with Mom. But she did humor me long enough to let me sneak a peak in the window of the bakery before she hightailed it, laughing/crying/passing out daughter in tow, to the Chocolatier across the street who was “getting overlooked by the cupcake craziness, and needed some customers.” And I needed an iced latte and a massage.
But before you start feeling really bad for me, and before you get on 1-800-flowers.com to pick out a big, beautiful I’m-sorry-you-didn’t-get-a-cupcake bouquet, and definitely before you decide to wait in the cupcake line on my behalf, you should probably know that it all worked out. There was anything but a shortage of cupcake shops in DC.
Red Velvet happen to be right across from our hotel. Did I know it was there when I booked the hotel….quite possibly, but I’m taking that one to the grave. I booked the hotel because it is right across the street from the Smithsonian Portrait Museum. Obviously.
But we did slip into the Red Velvet one particularly rainy afternoon in between stops on our Smithsonian crawl. We ordered a Devil’s Food and a Key West.
The Key West is a lime cake with white chocolate buttercream frosting. So yummy, I loved it. The devils food, on the other hand, was very…chocolately. Honestly, I needed a (big) glass of red wine to eat it. It’s never a good sign when my mom says something is too chocolately. Just kidding, she didn’t say that. She would never. But I will…It was way too much chocolate. If I had to do it over again, I think I would have picked the Key West and the Chocolate Mint at Red Velvet.
We also tried a cupcake in the middle of our bike ride in Alexandria. I was blessed with the gift of being able to sniff out any cupcake shop within a 3 mile radius. Now you want to be friends, don’t you? This one is called Lavender Moon Cupcakery. After a lunch of unspeakable amounts of pasta and seafood (7 mile bike right, remember?) it was almost hard to find room for a chocolate coconut cupcake. Some how I managed. And, I’m going to say it, I think this was the best cupcake out of all of the cupcakes we tried on this trip. So if you are in Alexandria, and you need something sweet to munch on while you trip down the cobble stone streets, marveling at the 18th century architecture, Lavender Moon is your place.