Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Red Velvet Cupcakery

I am giddy as I write this post. Finally a cupcake shop worthy of a return visit. After a quick trip to visit the Museum of Crime and Punishment, I had to give Red Velvet a try since is located on the same block.
When I first walked up to the door I was very discouraged because I saw people lined up to the door. I decided not to scrap the mission, and I bravely opened the door and entered the store. It turns out that Red Velvet is a very small store, and the "line" of people I saw amounted to 4 people, the perfect amount in front of me in order for me to make my decision.
I ended up settling on two cupcakes: Carrot Cake and Peanut Butter Cup. I know, I know, the name is "red velvet" but there are so many other things I would rather try before getting what they refer to as a "Southern Belle"(red velvet cupcake).
The Peanut Butter Cup (chocolate buttermilk cake infused with chocolate chips, peanut butter icing) looked decadent but sadly appearances did not match up to the taste. The peanut butter icing was delicious and light, but the cake was severely lacking. I have yet to find a good cupcake with a chocolate base that is not dry or flavorless.  Maybe I should have tried the red velvet?
I saved the best for last! The Carrot Cake cupcake (spiced cake with shredded carrots and pecans, cream cheese icing), finally something that I want to come back to. One bite of this and I immediately wanted to keep it for my self, and not share it with my other testers: G or W. The cake was flavorful and moist, and the icing complemented it perfectly, just the right sweetness without being overly so. I kept half of this for myself, and let the other two split the other half.
They give you the cupcakes in these cute little boxes. You have to buy at least two cupcakes to get a box, the lady at the counter let me know they were trying to be more environmentally friendly (and I am sure it saves them some $$).
Overall, I was in shock that I finally enjoyed a cupcake. While it was not the best I've ever eaten, homemade still kicks butt, it was pretty darn tasty. They are a little pricey for cupcakes, around $3.50, but hey its DC, I don't expect anything less. The lady at the front was very helpful, and answered all of my questions, but I was the only one in the store at the time. If you are in the area I strongly suggest stopping by and picking up one of these treats.

Grade: B+

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