Monday, April 8, 2013

Georgetown Cupcake

After hearing many mixed reviews, I have finally tried the famous Georgetown Cupcake, the queenbee of DC's cupcakes. Georgetown Cupcake has gotten so popular they have their own tv show on TLC and have expanded to NYC, Bethesda, LA, Boston and Atlanta. 

Every day they have their regular cupcakes, then each day of the week they have a rotation of different flavors, and each month they have two specialty cupcakes (which are available each day...check out their website to see what's available when).
I planned ahead and preordered the day before because I was not about to wait in line forever to try these cupcakes. This photo does not do the line justice, needless to say it was a pretty good feeling getting to jump ahead of everyone and go inside. If you know you are going to be in Georgetown and you want these cupcakes...order ahead. 
We went with six cupcakes totaling $15. Look at how gorgeous they all look, almost to pretty to eat. 
Chocolate Ganache Valrhona chocolate cupcake with a thin layer of Callebaut chocolate ganache icing topped with a fondant flower (bottom right) and Peanutbutter Fudge Valrhona chocolate cupcake with a fudge core topped with a peanut butter frosting and fudge star drizzle. The icing on both cupcakes were good, but the actual cake part was dry and not as chocolaty as it should be. 
Salted Caramel (bottom left) Caramel cupcake with a salted caramel-infused buttercream frosting topped with a caramel drizzle & Red Velvet Georgetown Cupcake's signature cupcake — classic red velvet cupcake with a vanilla cream cheese frosting topped with a red fondant heart. I was not a fan of the Salted Caramel at all, just the flavors and the balance. To my surprise, the Red Vevlet Cupcake was perfect. Icing, cake, perfectly moist and flavorful. 
Cherry Blossom (bottom right) Classic madagascar bourbon vanilla cupcake baked with fresh cherries and topped with a vanilla cream cheese frosting and a fondant cherry blossom and Mocha Fudge Valrhona chocolate cupcake filled with rich fudge and topped with mocha-infused frosting, a fudge star drizzle, and a chocolate espresso bean. The Cherry Blossom cupcake had potential but there just was not enough cherry flavor infused in the cupcake, as well as it being a dry cake. The Mocha Fudge was not a favorite, the mocha flavor was a little off.
I hate to say it, but I am not a fan of Georgetown Cupcake. It's one of those places that I feel is more trendy then delicious. Maybe I came on a bad day, who knows. I am also super critical of cupcakes-which could play a part in my dislike. 

Out of 6 cupcakes, the only one I 100% enjoyed was the Red Velvet (which is not one of my fav flavors in general). Most of the icings were good, but it was not enough to save the dryness of the cupcakes. 

I'd say try Georgetown Cupcake at least once, get the urge to go out of your system, just make sure to order ahead unless you like standing in lines. 

3301 M Street, NW
Washington, DC
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  1. I LOVE there cupcakes and have some frozen in my freezer right now! A friend of mine and I go every few months and get a dozen then freeze them so they last longer! The Peanut Butter Fudge is my FAVORITE! :)

  2. My Fiancee and her co-workers actually ordered a bunch of cupcakes from them. She said they were incredibly good, even after the went from Georgetown to Central Pennsylvania. Looks great!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  3. I have my own little bakery and so I'm super critical of other cupcakes/cakes, etc too. And? I'm not a fan of their stuff. It's overpriced and more about presentation than flavor. That being said? My husband likes their cupcakes. To each their own. ;)

    1. I completely agree, I am glad someone else shares my opinion :) Makes me feel less bad about being critical.

  4. Yeah I've heard not great stuff about them too.

  5. I've ordered from them a couple of times and I wasn't impressed. Just like you said, the presentation was great, but the cake itself was super dry and not really that flavorful. I'll just make my own!!! :)

  6. Sorry the cupcakes were dry.... I think I will stick to my cheap cupcakes at home. :) Hee! hee!