D.C. knows a few things about frosting. Need proof? Two of our local cupcakeries are featured on national TV shows—Georgetown Cupcake on TLC’s “DC Cupcakes” and Sprinkles on Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars”. And your sweet-toothed sweetie would be happy to know that the DMV is saturated in a slew of other top notch cupcakeries. Dig into some of these other cupcake rockstars that reside right here in our nation’s capital.
Smack dab in the middle of Alexandria’s Old Town area is Lavender Moon a real sweet spot for cupcake lovers. Fragrant aromas of vanilla bean and lavender will always tickle your taste buds when you enter this establishment. At $3 a cupcake you get a blend of artisanal and organic flavors with cute outdoor seating for warmer days. Tastes run regular like vanilla and chocolate to broader palates with pumpkin chocolate, basil mint or lavender lemongrass. Located off Royal Street, Lavender Moon creates a dense confection geared toward those with less of a sweet tooth than other cupcake creators.
116 S Royal St. (Alexandria, Va)
Open: Mon.-Fri. and Sun., 11 am-8 pm; Sat., 11 am-9 pm
Located in a shopping center, Confections might be easy to miss if it weren’t for the lines that wrap around the store, especially during Dollar Cupcake Happy Hour (Sundays, 5 pm-6 pm). What first started as a farmer’s market style set-up and delivery service has blossomed into a full-fledged brick and mortar shop due to its cult following. This delightful cupcakery is a boon for any sweet tooth, young or old. Featuring flavors of the month that range from margarita to kid-fave snickerdoodle and a bacon-topped cupcake called The Elvis; regulars love what Confections is baking any day of the week.
12801 Galveston Ct. (Manassas, Va)
Open: Tue.-Sat., 11 am-8:30 pm; Sun., 11 am-6 pm
Gourmet cupcakes for everyone! With more than one location (Leesburg and a kiosk in Dulles Town Center), Sweetz makes it easy to get a cupcake fix that will appease aficionados big or small. Moms and dads can take heart knowing that tiny tots with sensitive tummies can still take part in the cupcake craze. This bakery whips up gluten free, vegan and non-dairy cupcakes daily. Flavors are traditional and seasonally based.
21100 Dulles Town Cir. (Dulles, Va)
Open: Mon.-Sat., 10 am-9:30 pm; Sun. 11 am-7 pm
Who are you kidding? Some days the little one needs a bribe or two. Lilly Magilly’s serves up a sweet dash of fun loaded with pink. A real treat for anyone who wants to feel special, at Lilly Magilly’s you can even get curbside pick-up, if you call ahead, perfect for busy parents always on the go. Preservative free and showcasing tried and true classics like Vanilla-Vanilla and Chocolate-Chocolate, they also create tasty delights like Neapolitan and Blueberry Lemon.
220 Boardwalk Pl. (Gaithersburg, Md)
Open: Mon.-Wed., 11 am-9 pm; Thu. 11 am-10 pm; Fri.-Sat., 11 am-11 pm; Sun., 12 pm-8 pm
Red Velvet Cupcakery
It is only the best ingredients when it comes to Red Velvet (located in Penn Quarter & Reston Town Center). Using French chocolate, Bourbon Islands vanilla and European butter the preschool set might not appreciate the sophistication of these flavorful combinations but parents surely will! Cupcakes here are topped with gold leaf or made sugar-free, gluten-free or vegan. Proving that once again the District is just one big melting pot of diversity with something for everyone.
505 7th St., NW (Penn Quarter)
Open: Mon.-Fri. 9 am-11 pm; Sat.-Sun., 10 am-11 pm
Where do you and your kids like to satisfy a sweet tooth? Tell us in the comments section below.
Photos courtesy of Lavender Moon via Facebook, Confections, Lilly Magilly’s via Facebook, Sweetz Bakery via Facebook, Red Velvet Cupcakery via Facebook