Georgetown Cupcakes, Worth the Hype?

This classic chocolate ganache cupcake is a chocolate lover's dream.
This classic chocolate cupcake is a chocolate lover’s dream.

Let’s put it this way,  I’ve had a lot of cupcakes. What began with trendy bakeries–Sprinkles, Crumbs, and Magnolia eventually made it’s way to some of NYC’s unsuspecting but out-of-this-world corner bakeries. From classic red velvets to cheesecake filled, cupcake-brownie hybrids, I have mentally catalogued the various tastes, textures, and toppings of every cupcake I’ve encountered (and by mentally catalogued, I mean Tweeted about.) Because of this, I have earned the (totally legit, not at all self awarded) title of Cupcake Expert.

As a cupcake expert, I feel it is my duty to sample as many cupcakes as I possibly can, in every city I visit (somebody’s gotta do it. le sigh.) Subsequently, my “job” required that I try one of the trendiest bakeries in DC, Georgetown Cupcakes, this past September and again whilst visiting Bethesda last weekend.

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Georgetown Cupcakes on Bethesda Blvd. Bethesda, MD.

Both trips to Georgetown Cupcakes were quite simply, incredible. The first visit saw a decadent “Chocolate2” cupcake with a rich chocolate frosting AND (I had to get two even though I was there by self) the fluffiest coconut cupcake with sweet buttercream frosting topped and shredded coconut you have ever seen. Both were moist and flavorful, without being overly sweet. Best of all, they tasted like a more luxurious version of homemade cupcakes, made with simple flavors like real butter and good vanilla extract.

For the second trip, I got a little more daring. I ordered a Chocolate Marshmallow Fudge cupcake, filled with a rich chocolate cream, and topped with marshmallow frosting. My best friend, who is sensitive to gluten, opted for their Gluten-Free Chocolate Salted Caramel cupcake and we both ordered coffees.

Gluten free, salted caramel happiness.

This was the experience that really solidified my ABSOLUTE LOVE of Georgetown Cupcakes. My cupcake was delicious (very sweet, though that was to be expected with marshmallow frosting) but her Chocolate Salted Caramel cupcake was insanely decadent. You would never guess it was gluten-free and the inside was filled with a creamy, salted caramel concoction that sent us both into a state of pure bliss.

We sat at a big marble table by the window, eating our cupcakes and sipping our warm coffees–which were also divine. We caught up all of the usual topics, but somehow the conversation kept going back to how much we loved these cupcakes. They were that good.

If you haven’t tried Georgetown Cupcakes, go now! My favorite so far has been the Gluten-Free Chocolate Salted Caramel, so give that one a try if you’re on the fence about what to get.

As always, I would LOVE to hear what you think of this place, so comment below or tweet me @missvranhalen




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