Newsflash, folks. Valentine's Day is tomorrow. Sure, you can drop some cash on a box of fine Belgian chocolates or treat your sweetheart to a lobster dinner, but for me, there's little that's sweeter than baked goods. If you don't have the time or ability to whip up a batch of homemade brownies, there's a sparkling new confectionary destination ready to help you out.
Thanks to Georgetown Cupcake, D.C. can now gets its fill of the cupcake-mania sweeping the rest of the country. One bakery may not replace the dozens of places cropping up around New York and Los Angeles -- I gave my mom gift certificates to nearly a dozen L.A. cupcakeries and didn't come close to covering them all -- but it's going to do its best to keep up. Because while other bakeries stock just a few different varieties of the frosting-topped favorite, the Cupcake's menu boasts 24 varieties total, rotating in a dozen different cupcakes at a time.
Standouts? Where do I begin? Sure, you have the classics of chocolate, vanilla and chocolate and vanilla (all made with valhrona chocolate and bourbon vanila, mind you), but then you get into the enticing options like a chocolate and banana muffin with chocolate frosting, the chocolate cupcake with mint ganache, lemon with a lemon cream cheese frosting, mocha muffin with mocha frosting and a chocolate-covered espresso bean, key lime, coconut, lemon berry and the list goes on and on. If you're like me and crave cupcakes for breakfast, the Cupcake will even come to your rescue with "breakfast" cupcakes of blueberry coffee cake and honey yogurt.
For the grand opening, the store will serve red velvet cupcakes with extended hours from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Just a hint for anybody looking to be my valentine: Red velvets have always been my favorite. Keep in mind that these aren't the same cupcakes that you got at the supermarket for $.99. They'll cost $2.75 each, $15 for 6 or $29 for a dozen.
If you can't make it to Georgetown Cupcake, Baked & Wired will sell ribbon-wrapped boxes with a red velvet cupcake and a few heart-shaped cookies for $8 each. Buzz has "red hot" Rice Krispie treats, frosted heart cookies, red velvet cupcakes and a few love-inspired beverages. Amphora Bakery will have heart cookies and love-themed tea cookies. Frederick's Proof Artisan Bakery plans two boozy red cakes: strawberry rum cake and cherry Grand Marnier cake, which will be available in 6- or 8-inch rounds. Sticky Fingers Bakery will have heart-shaped cakes made of chocolate and raspberry or vanilla and raspberry with ganache icing, regular or heart-shaped cupcakes topped with gummy hearts and pink sprinkles, and smackers, which are basically peanut butter balls covered in chocolate. Bethesda's Just Cakes isn't taking any more special orders, but early birds can probably catch extras on items like dipped strawberries, decorated red velvet cupcakes, raspberry mousse-filled cupcakes and heart cookies.
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