By Interactive Strategies
Jun 16, 2011

Cupcakestravaganza 2011!

Nobody really knows why or where our craze for cupcakes started around here and we don’t really care.  We just appreciate that we’re a bit nuts for those sweet little morsels and run with it.  No judgment, just pure satisfaction.  I have to say, sometimes when some of us know that there are cupcakes in the office, they find it hard to concentrate. And who can blame them? 

We’re lucky to live and work in a city with such a wealth of fine cupcake establishments.  Unfortunately we had been a slave to tradition and had been getting our birthday and special occasion cupcakes from the same place, “Hello Cupcake” in Dupont almost exclusively (and what fine cupcakes they are!).  We had been ignoring the plethora of options available to us.  So we hatched a plan.  Cupcakestravaganza 2011 was born!  We were going to get a selection of product from vendors across the city and do a companywide taste test.  But more than a highly organized competition, this was going to be celebration of all things cupcake.

On the special day, we acquired 4 cupcakes each from these bakeries in Washington: Hello Cupcake in Dupont, Georgetown Cupcake in Georgetown, Cake Love in Silver Spring, Baked and Wired in Georgetown, Sprinkles in Georgetown, and Red Velvet in Penn Quarter.


Scores for taste  are on a scale of 1 to five and appear in [ square brackets ] next to each cupcake

Scores for presentation are also on a scale of one to 5 and appear in { curly brackets } next to each establishment
Winners are marked with an astisk.

Hello Cupcake: {2.875}
1) * Carrot Cake   [4.5]
2) Raspberry Beret   [3.25]
3) Triple Coconut   [3]
4) Peanut Butter Blossom (Gluten Free)   [unscored]

Georgetown Cupcake: {3}
1) Pumpkin spice cupcake - maple-infused cream cheese frosting topped with a fondant maple leaf    [3]
2) Valrhona chocolate and fresh banana cupcake - banana frosting topped with a yellow fondant flower   [4.8]
3) Classic coconut cupcake - vanilla cream cheese frosting capped with a cloud of shredded coconut   [3.25]
4) Classic Madagascar bourbon vanilla cupcake - baked with fresh cherries and topped with a vanilla cream cheese frosting and a fondant cherry blossom    [3]

Cake Love: {2.25}
1) Chocolate Fuzzy Wuzzy - Show-stopping chocolate cupcakes topped with rich chocolate buttercream and whimsical dark chocolate curls.   [2.5]
2) Chocolate - (Gluten Free)    [2]
3) Toffee Crunch - For the sweet tooth in each of us, these come topped with vanilla buttercream, scratch-made caramel and toffee chunks.    [2.75]
4) New German Chocolate - A CakeLove favorite - coconut & vanilla flavored buttercream topped with chewy, toasted coconut over chocolate cupcakes.    [3.8]

Baked and Wired: {3.125}
1) Razmanian Devil - Lemon cake with a raspberry jam center topped with lemon   [4.33]
2) The Tessita - Vanilla Cake with dulce de leche filling and chocolate-Hazelnut satin icing    [3.5]
3) Red Velvetn - A little chocolate, a little vanilla, and lots of deep red color, topped with a heap of cream cheese frosting    [3.2]
4) Elvis Impersonator AKA The Unporked Elvis - Banana cupcake topped with peanut butter frosting and drizzledwith chocolate    [4.4]

* Sprinkles: {3.75}
1) Black and White - Belgian dark chocolate cupcake with creamy vanilla frosting    [2.5]
2) Banana Dark Chocolate - Fresh banana cupcake with creamy vanilla or bittersweet chocolate frosting    [3.33]
3) Red Velvet - Southern style light chocolate cupcake with cream cheese frosting   [4]
4) Coconut - Madagascar bourbon vanilla cupcake with coconut cream cheese frosting    [3.75]

Red Velvet: {2.875}
1) Devil’s Food  - The ingredients say it all. A rich chocolate buttermilk cake topped with our Valrhona bittersweet chocolate ganache and garnished with 24K gold leaf. For chocolate lovers only!   [3.5]
2) Morning Call - An espresso infused chocolate cake with a coffee Swiss buttercream, garnished with a chocolate covered espresso bean and a carefully portioned dusting of espresso powder.    [3.25]
3) Vanilla Bean - Tender-crumbed blonde cake made with vanilla beans from the Bourbon Islands of Madagascar, European butter, and buttermilk, topped with a sweet and creamy American buttercream…an American classic.    [2]
4) Black Velvet - This light, moist chocolate cake uses the best Valrhona cocoa powder complemented by a chocolate “buttercream” to make a vegan, gluten-free cupcake truly like no other.  (vegan/gluten-free)    [2.8]



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