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The Cupcake Shoppe – Raleigh, NC

27 Dec

While at home in NC over winter break, I went to see some of my friends in Raleigh. One of my favorite cupcake places and probably the best known place in the city for cupcakes is the Cupcake Shoppe. The have a smaller menu than many of the places that I’ve been to in DC but they also have a good number to choose from and more traditional options. Some of the best flavors in my opinion include the coconut, cookie monster, peanut butter cup and black and white cupcakes.

During the holidays, they have some options that are not only seasonal but delicious. They include peppermint patty, eggnog and gingerbread. I’ve had their gingerbread in the past and it’s always a winner. The cake is gingerbread of course, the frosting is vanilla and is topped with a hot cinnamon candy. (Sorry for not posting a picture of it by the way! I took it to go and it didn’t exactly travel well. Oopsies!)

If you’re in the area stop on by. You won’t be disappointed. ๐Ÿ™‚

Location: 104 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27603; Price: $3/cupcake or $33/dozen; Hours: Monday-Thursday: 10am-8pm, Friday-Saturday: 10am-11pm, Sunday: Closed.


The Buzz About Buzz Bakery

14 Dec

The Cookie Monster Cupcake ๐Ÿ™‚

As of yesterday, I officially finished my first semester of grad school at Georgetown! I could not be more excited to have a three week winter break ahead of me and decided the best way to celebrate was with a cupcake. ๐Ÿ™‚ My friend Emily has been raving about a bakery in Arlington (located in Ballston) called Buzz Bakery & Lounge for months so I decided to try it out.

The first thing I noticed when I walked in was how cute this store was. They have a huge U-shaped counter in the middle of the store and tons of cute modern furniture and some very snazzy light fixtures I might add! There was a ton of seating room too, which really sets this place apart from most bakeries I’ve visited.

Ordering here is no easy feat since everything looks amazing (see the picture of the display case below if you need proof!). So after much deliberation I decided to order the cookie monster cupcake. It’s one of their signature cupcakes and I can see why. The actual cake tasted more like a chocolate chip muffin rather than cupcake but it was a difference I decided I actually liked. The icing is whipped to perfection and has little itsy bitsy pieces of cookie crumbs in it. Also it has cookie dough in the middle and a small cookie garnish it on top.

Yeahhh I don't think any dessert choice could be a bad one here. ๐Ÿ˜‰

While I wish I could have tried more, don’t fret….I will certainly go back and try something different. I know I’m a sucker for cupcakes but if that’s not your thing they have plenty of other options as well such as pies, tarts, cookies, brownies, plated desserts and cakes. They are also extremely well-known for their breakfast selection. In fact, the Washington Post said they have the best breakfast sandwiches in town. Stop on in and see if you agree with the Post!

In addition to the Ballston location, they also have a store in Alexandria if that’s closer to you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Could this storefront be any cuter?? Yeah, I don't think so.

Sooo cute!

Firehook Bakery

20 Nov

Pumpkin Cupcake

With it being less than a week away from Thanksgiving, I made it my mission to get something seasonal. I’ve been craving pumpkin everything recently and wanted something to celebrate one of my favorite upcoming holidays. With that in mind, I trekked out to Dupont Circle to a bakery I’ve heard some rave reviews about…Firehook Bakery. Firehook has locations all over DC and the DC area.

Maybe it was my high expectations but the pumpkin cupcake wasn’t anything special. The cake was pretty dry; however, if it hadn’t been I think this would have been a pretty good cupcake. The frosting was delicious – creamy and rich.

The seven-layer bar on the other hand was pure heaven. It has a graham cracker crust topped with chocolate and butterscotch chips and pecan and coconut shavings. There’s a lot going on with this dessert bar – it’s rich but the blend of ingredients is pure perfection.

They also serve cookies, pies and tarts. In addition to the chocolately goodness that this place serves up, they also have breakfast and lunch items. Can’t wait to go back for breakfast here at some point in the near future! ๐Ÿ™‚

Seven-layer Bar

Firehook Bakery in Dupont Circle

Baked and Wired

11 Nov

The Tessita cupcake

Located in Georgetown, Baked & Wired is found a stone’s throw away from the chaotic hubbub of M Street. You can find it between 30th and 31st on the charming street of Thomas Jefferson. The motto of this place is “get baked”. Pretty witty if you ask me. ๐Ÿ™‚ This bakery/coffee shop has plenty of room for sitting and enjoying your drug of choice…coffee or dessert. And if you can’t decide between dessert and coffee there are plenty of desserts injected with a jolt of mocha to give you that caffeine fix you’re looking for.

Get Baked– Baked & Wired doesn’t discriminate when it comes to dessert. In fact, it houses almost anything sweet you can imagine. They have dessert bars, breakfast bars, coffee cakes, brownies, cakes, cookies, cupcakes, muffins, pie, sandwich cookies, and scones. Basically, it’s a sweet lover’s dream come true. They also have hippie crack (noooo, not what you’re thinking people…it’s granola!) and quiches.

O.M.G. bar

While I was here, I tried two items: an o.m.g bar and the tessita cupcake. The o.m.g. bar has certainly earned its name. It’ll have you singing that Usher song in your head (or maybe even out loud) before you’re done. This dessert bar has a graham cracker crust and is layered with homemade caramel, marshmallow and chocolate glaze. I will definitely being coming back for this amazing creation! The equally delicious tessita cupcake has vanilla cake with dulce de leche filling and chocolate-hazelnut satin icing. Yum, yum, yum!

But Baked & Wired is not just known for its sugary goodness. It’s also known for its coffee…hence the word ‘wired’ in its name.

Get Wired – They offer expressos, macchiatos, lattes, mochas and several other caffeine-infused options. While a sugar fix is more my drug of choice, I noticed plenty people lined up for a caffeine fix as well.

Need something for the pooch? Baked & Wired offers options for your loveable furball. These doggie treats are available in five flavors and include: bacon and cheese, BBQ kitty riplets, chicken and cheese, minty fresh breath and PB crunch. Puppies need yummy goodies too!

Getting Social – Check them out on Twitter (@bakedandwiredDC), Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/Baked-and-Wired/134625793248511) or on their blog (iambakedandwired.tumblr.com).

Cupcake Places Helping Save the Boobies!

19 Oct

In honor of breast cancer awareness month, I wanted to praise some very awesome cupcake places that are helping the breast cancer awareness cause. They have also created cupcakes specifically designed with the signature pink ribbon. Enjoy the pictures below and if you’re a local, please pick one up! Also, if you needed an excuse to eat a cupcake…I just gave you one. ๐Ÿ™‚ In addition, I want to list my favorite cupcake places in both my hometown of Raleigh, NC and my faves in DC thus far. Enjoy this Delicious.com list for easy access to dessert eatery links:ย  NC/DC Dessert Eatery Faves.

Crumbs Bake Shop (The Pink Ribbon)

Crumbs Bake Shop โ€“ The Pink Ribbon – Vanilla cake filled with vanilla buttercream topped with vanilla cream cheese frosting edged in pink and white sprinkles with a frosted pink ribbon. A $1 donation for each of our Pink Ribbon cupcakes sold will be made to the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC).

Sprinkles (Pink Ribbon Cupcake)

Sprinkles Cupcakes โ€“ Pink Ribbon Cupcake โ€“ Alright, missed the boat on this one but from Oct.1 โ€“ 7 Sprinkles donated the proceeds from its Pink Ribbon cupcakes to the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund. Since 2005, Sprinkles Pink Ribbon cupcakes have raised $150,000 for Women’s Cancer Research. Their donations are funding EIF’s Biomarker Discovery Project, a multi-year effort to isolate a unique protein that would reveal the presence of breast cancer in a blood test and provide early detection of the disease.

Georgetown Cupcake (Pink Ribbon)

Georgetown Cupcake โ€“ It is an official sponsor of the 2011 Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cureยฎ. In addition to sponsoring our Team Georgetown Cupcake at the 2011 Race on the National Mall, Georgetown Cupcake donates 100% of the purchase price of its special Pink Ribbon Cupcake to Susan G. Komen for the Cure with a guaranteed minimum payment of $50,000. These “Pink Ribbon” Cupcakes are available by pre-order, walk-in purchase, and via national shipping.

Sprinkles Cupcakes DC – Love it!

10 Oct

Saturday was gorgeous in DC. It was sunny, mild and slightly breezy. That morning I stepped onto my porch, sat down in my chair and sipped slowly on hot tea. At that moment, I decided it was a perfect day for a long walk AND a cupcake of course. And today I was going to earn my cupcake! I put on a good pair of walking shoes and trekked out to Georgetown – a good 50 minute walk – just one way.

I had to smile to myself as a walked down M Street and saw a veryyy long line, stretched as far as the eye can see at Georgetown Cupcake. Thank goodness I was headed somewhere else! I was heading to the store of Georgetown Cupcake’s arch rival…Sprinkles Cupcakes. Dun, dun, dun! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The store itself is very small but clean, inviting and cute. My dad ordered the milk chocolate cupcake and I order the chocolate marshmallow. I have to say that after trying his I had serious cupcake envy, since that’s all he was willing to share. ๐Ÿ™‚ The icing to cake ratio on his was perfect and the cake wasn’t overly dry or soft. The chocolate marshmallow on the other hand was a fairly dry and could have used more icing. The marshmallow center was absolutely delicious though! Truth be told – I’ve been here before but BEFORE I started the blog. I can tell you that the girls I went with (my absolute bestie and her sister) said these were some of the best cupcakes they’ve ever had. On that particular trip I had the peanut butter cupcake and it was simply to die for…much similar in quality to the milk chocolate one! I will definitely be making a cupcake trip back to M Street…but only to one store which is? Drum roll please!…………..

………..Sprinkles Cupcakes. I give their cupcakes an A! I’m excited to see continued success from this company. ๐Ÿ™‚ Tune into Cupcake Wars on the Food Network to see Sprinkles Cupcake founder Candace Nelson who helps judge the show.

[FYI – As some of you may know, many cupcake shops have pink cupcakes this month in honor of breast cancer awareness month. I would encourage you to buy one as a portion of your cupcake cost will go directly to research. Tune in later this week when I give a list of some of those cupcake places! ]

Display case filled with yummy cupcakes!

Top Sweet Eater Tweeters

5 Oct

This week I looked at the most influential tweeters who tweet about sweets. My research proved to be quite interesting. Three out of the five top tweeters I found wrote exclusively about cupcakes. Therefore, I decided to change my search to cupcakes since that produced the most accurate search results. Maybe that shouldn’t be too surprising since cupcake shops tend to be popping up everywhere now. Seeing that the most influential dessert tweeters are cupcake tweeters just proves that cupcakes are king in the world of desserts!

#1 – Cupcakes Take the Cake (14,637 Followers) – This tweeter is most famously known for its blog, which also has the same name. Therefore, most of their tweets take you directly to specific blog posts. Most of their blog posts are about great cupcake recipes, cupcake bakeries and cupcake decorating tips. On their Twitter page, they also post about news in the cupcake world. Most of their followers must also follow the blog because the tweets themselves are not very interesting.

#2 – Cupcake Ideas for You (6,540 Followers) – Cupcake Ideas for You tweets about cupcake ideas from around the world. They also post pictures of wedding cupcake ideas, birthday cupcake ideas and vegan cupcake ideas too. They are most famously known for their website and blog though. Their followers send them cupcake photos to them that they’ve created, which they then tweet. They could do a better job asking their followers for direct input but their casual, fun tweets gives a much more human side that makes their Twitter page fun to read!

#3 – Cupcake Project (2,576 Followers) – This tweeter is the author of Cupcake Project. Her goal as stated on her blog is “to master the cupcake one unique recipe at a time.” This Twitter page was by far my favorite of the top 3. What I really liked about this Twitter page was that she didn’t justย  post the link to her latest blog post as some of the others did. Instead she uses her Twitter page to interact directly with followers and invites questions that prompt a higher response rate.

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