Restaurant Review: Georgetown Cupcake

July 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’ve completed my Georgetown cupcake tour with the first and most famous establishment, Georgetown Cupcake! My friend and I went directly after work on a very hot afternoon, hoping to beat the crowds. We came at a good time – instead of a line around the block, we only had to wait outside for 10 minutes before stepping in to order.

The menu is quite extensive and all the cupcakes had mouthwatering descriptions. After some pondering, we decided to split the mint chocolate and one of the July specials, the marble brownie fudge. I also got a vanilla to go to bring to a friend. Each cupcake was about palm-sized, cost $2.75, and had quite a generous ratio of frosting to cake.

The mint chocolate was not my favorite. I did like the mint frosting more than I usually like frostings. It was fluffy and light, almost with a whipped texture, and a nice refreshing mint taste. The cake portion was your basic chocolate cake base, moist but pretty boring. It was really pretty to look at though. This variety is only available on Mondays.

The marble fudge brownie more than made up for any disappointments caused by the mint chocolate. This flavor is only available in July so everyone should try it before it is too late. It was insanely tasty. The base is a chewy, fudge brownie with chunks of  rich cheesecake-like filling. The frosting was actually really good as well – not too sweet, with a hint of sour cream, and deliciously smooth on the tongue. I usually am not impressed by most desserts, so if I say something is incredible, it definitely is out of the ordinary. This flavor appealed to me because it wasn’t tooth-achingly sweet.

I would have to say that Georgetown Cupcake has beat out both Baked and Wired and Sprinkles for the place of best cupcakes, at least in Georgetown, solely for the marble fudge brownie. There are so many other flavors that sound delicious, like the pumpkin and the PB fudge. Obviously, the downside is the long wait, but if you come at the right time you shouldn’t have to endure the heat for too long. In the end, the place is not that overrated, and I was not disappointed despite the extremely high expectations.

Restaurant Review: Sprinkles Cupcakes

June 11, 2012 § 3 Comments

Yes, I realize I am using the “restaurant review” category a bit loosely, but it is always nice to have standard formatting! Sprinkles Cupcakes in Georgetown prides itself on being the original purveyor of cupcakes and the start of the “cupcake boutique” craze. I took the metro from work to Georgetown with a friend solely for the purpose of trying out these hyped up desserts (yes, we are dedicated in our pursuit of good food).

When we got to the store at around 6:30PM on a Monday, it was mostly empty except for a few customers sitting around at the two tables in the store. Sprinkles has a different line-up of cupcakes every day. We faced a daunting choice of choosing two cupcakes to share among such flavors as key lime, red velvet, mocha, and black and white. The cupcakes are smaller than I expected – they are actually normal-sized. For some reason I was imagining larger cupcakes, but these are actually a good size as they are pretty dense.

I ended up choosing the cinnamon sugar cupcake, described as “lightly spiced buttermilk cake,” which was actually the only one not topped with frosting.

The cupcake was mildly sweet and crumbly – basically like a muffin. I enjoyed the light flavor a lot, as I don’t have too much of a sweet tooth.

My friend chose the black and white, “belgian dark chocolate cake with creamy vanilla frosting.”

This was definitely something! The cake portion was dense and moist, like a very rich chocolate cake. The frosting was too sweet for me – it was basically pure sugar in a smooth buttery form. It was definitely overpowering after a few bites, but if you love intensely sweet desserts, this is the right choice for you.

Each cupcake costs $3.50, but we are lucky enough to be in this summer intern program that provides us with discounts, including one free cupcake each! I would like to come back to try the key lime and pumpkin flavors, but I don’t know if I’ll have time again during the work week, and I would advise against visiting during the weekend. The lines are crazy! Despite the summer heat, people do not let anything get between them and their cupcakes.

I haven’t tried any of the cupcake competition in the area so I can’t say how Sprinkles compares, but it is a pretty solid dessert choice on any day. I have heard that Baked and Wired, as well as Georgetown Cupcakes, are also delicious.

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