The (Cupcake) Results Are In
It's official. Georgetown Cupcake reigned victorious in The Washington Post's Cupcake Wars with its luscious Chocolate Ganache. Videographer Anna Uhls stopped by the cupcakery last week to see how the owners work their magic. Check out what the sisters (and some of their customers) had to say in this video (and of course, check out the full story behind the Wars here).
As most of our readers know, there are far more than 12 bakeries around town that dabble in the cupcake game. Once we started writing about cupcakes, the tips flooded in and write-in votes piled up. Even though we extended the competition for two additional weeks, we still couldn't incorporate every bakery into the Wars. Below the jump, we offer a brief look at some of the other places around town where you can get your cupcake fix -- and list some of the flavors that rotate through their lineups.
Let us begin with Lola's Cookies and Treats. This Loudoun County bakery dominated the write-in votes for Cupcake Wars, due in part to a grassroots get-out-the-vote e-mail campaign. Lola is short for Lorraine Hooper, the bakery's owner. She began her baking biz out of her home, but moved into a bright pink Leesburg storefront in 2006.
How Many Cupcake Varieties on an Average Day?: Six or seven.
Besides Chocolate and Vanilla: Coconut, lemon, Almond Joy, ginger cupcakes with orange buttercream frosting
Price Per Cupcake: $2.75
What Else Is on the Menu?: Cookies, Belgian-fudge brownies, caramel pecan bars, scones, muffins and coffee.
Bittersweet Catering, Cafe and Bakery
The Bittersweet business began in Old Town 25 years ago. Today, Bittersweet offers catering, lunch options for the working crowd and a slew of baked goods.
How Many Cupcake Varieties on an Average Day?: Seven to 10.
Besides Chocolate and Vanilla: Carrot, Snickerdoodle (just like the cookie), red velvet, peanut butter and jelly (jelly-filled) and pistachio
Price Per Cupcake: $2.50 for standard size, $1.25 for mini cupcakes
What Else Is on the Menu?: A hot-foods buffet, soups, sandwiches, salads and homemade cookies, breads and bars. The cafe serves coffee from M.E. Swing.
Larry's Ice Cream
The subterranean ice cream shop has been a Dupont staple since 1985. As of last week, owner Larry Cenkci has started offering cupcakes. "It took me 40 to 45 days to perfect the recipes," he says.
How Many Cupcake Varieties on an Average Day?: 8 to 12
Besides Chocolate and Vanilla: Red velvet, vanilla cake with lemon zest buttercream, chocolate cupcakes with Turkish coffee garnish. Cenkci is particularly fond of his "killer chocolate" frosting.
Price Per Cupcake: $2.75
What Else Is on the Menu?: Ice cream.
Cupcake Heaven and Cafe
Gainesville resident Kim Newman has been baking cakes for 30 years, but in June, she took over a cafe in nearby Haymarket and turned it into a cupcakery.
How Many Cupcake Varieties on an Average Day?: 9
Besides Chocolate and Vanilla: Vanilla almond, strawberry, spiced apple, butterscotch, red velvet, Snickerdoodle, raspberry-filled.
Price Per Cupcake: $2.75 (10 percent off a dozen or more)
What Else Is on the Menu?: Quiches, oatmeal, fresh fruit. Hot soup may be on the menu in the coming months.
Eight years ago, business partners Alan Furman and Robyn Hanna set up shop in Fair Oaks Mall, selling toffee and fudge from a kiosk. Eight years later, they are now married -- and the owners of two shops specializing in baked goods.
How Many Cupcake Varieties on an Average Day?: An incredible 30. Sharon Sutton, media manager for the business, says the bakery has 44 flavors on the menu and aims to keep two-thirds of the flavors in the shops on a daily basis.
Besides Chocolate and Vanilla: Creamsicle, 'smores, neopolitan (that's chocolate, vanilla and strawberry flavors in both cake and ice cream), fudge-filled, rocky road and banana cream pie.
Price Per Cupcake: $3.95 for filled, $3.50 for unfilled
What Else Is on the Menu?: Fudge, toffee, candies, chocolates, truffles -- and gift baskets containing all of the above.
Touche Touchet Bakery and Pastry Shoppe
Almost two years ago, L'Academie de Cuisine grad Michael Touchet opened this Columbia bakery. The name, pronounced "too-shay, too-shet," is a play on his last name, which he didn't know how to pronounce when he was a kid.
How Many Cupcake Varieties on an Average Day?: At least 8.
Besides Chocolate and Vanilla: German chocolate, key lime, lemon curd, seedless raspberry, red velvet, carrot.
Price Per Cupcake: $2.75 (carrot and German chocolate are $3; kids' cupcakes are $1.25)
What Else Is on the Menu?: Cakes, pies, croissants, brownies and other baked goods. As a nod to his Louisiana roots, Touchet offers Community Coffee.
Natalia's Elegant Creations Pastry Shop
Natalia Lupichuk has a culinary-school education, but she also learned a lot about European-style baking from her mother and her grandmother.
How Many Cupcake Varieties on an Average Day?: 3 to 6.
Besides Chocolate and Vanilla: Chocolate, vanilla and red velvet are the standards here, but if you pre-order, you can try flavors like Kaluha chocolate, carrot, lemon and hazelnut.
Price Per Cupcake: $3
What Else Is on the Menu?: Pastries, sandwiches, salads, espresso beverages. On Sundays, the shop dabbles in brunch fare like frittatas and pancakes.
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