It was by chance that I found out about Confections Cupcakery. I was meeting a colleague half way between our offices in Manassas, VA at a Starbucks when as I was pulling in to the parking lot I noticed a huge cupcakes sign in the window across the street.
GASP!! It was a cupcake shop! I knew I had to stop inside!
At first glance, Confections seemed like a typical American cupcake store full of cute baking and cupcake decorations. The smell was so sweet and inviting! I couldn’t wait to see what kind of cupcakes they had behind the counter!
Their kitchen/prep area was actually out in the open, which I love when cupcake shops have that set up! I love being able to watch the bakers and decorators practice their craft. It’s inspiring and I love seeing the techniques others use.
Their shelves were fully stocked with a wide range of cupcake flavors and because I’m me, I couldn’t just pick one or two. I got a dozen. One of 12 different flavors!
It was just before Easter, so I made sure to pick the cupcake ready for the Spring holiday. The rest were a variety of vanilla, chocolate, peanut butter, and fruit.
From top to bottom, left to right…
OREO, Lime, Marshmallow Sundae
Triple Chocolate, Strawberry, PB Cup (filled)
Chocolate Raspberry, Red Velvet, Easter
Maple Bacon, Rocky Road, Orange
What makes these cupcakes the BEST CUPCAKES IN VIRGINIA ?
SIZE: Compared to others, these cupcakes are just the right size. Not too big and not too small. The ratio of cake to frosting is exactly how I like it… about 1/3 frosting to 2/3 cake.
FLAVOR: Each cupcake I tasted actually tasted like what its name said. They didn’t taste artificial and the flavor combinations were perfect. I loved that they had the basics but the special flavors were a bit fancy without being too over the top.
CAKE: The cake on these cupcakes was moist with the perfect crumb. They were sturdy enough to hold up to the frosting without being overly dense.
FROSTING: American buttercream – not too sweet and not too buttery. The frosting on these cupcakes was so delicious that I could have licked it all off and eaten it alone… which I never do!
APPEARANCE: For me, these are exactly what cupcakes should look like. The cakes themselves are similar in size, even with the different recipes. The frosting on top is a perfect swirl or dollop and even though they are garnished differently, they still feel uniform – you know they’ve come from the same bakery. Simple, delicious, and beautiful.
My Personal Favorites:
I’m a sucker for a good Oreo cupcake and this does not disappoint! The cake is rich and the creamy Oreo frosting is the perfect topper!
OMG. This Peanut Butter Cup cupcake is filled with even more delicious peanut butter goodness! It’s heaven. Sinful… but heavenly.
I’ve been on a lime kick lately and their Lime cupcake is the perfect combination of tart and sweet! Plus the cute little gummy on top adds a sweet extra kick of tarty goodness!
Nestled on a cozy side street of Rome, Italy and close to the River Tiber and the Piazza Navona, the Made Creative Bakery is a delicious retreat for both tourists and locals alike!
In October 2015, my husband and I were treated to a once in a lifetime trip to Rome, Italy with a group of wounded soldiers and their families. On this trip we attended an audience with the Pope, toured Roman ruins and shopped at the Piazza Navona.
On our last night in Rome, I knew I needed to find one of the several cupcake bakeries before I left! I had been walking all day, I was exhausted but I was determined.
My husband and I reached the Piazza Navona just at dusk and were given 45 minutes to shop at the stalls and stores along the piazza. Instead of shopping, we sprinted 3 blocks over to Made Creative Bakery for cupcakes!
The store was just a few minutes from closing and I was so thankful we made it in time! It was almost Halloween so their store was filled with pumpkin and ghost themed cookies and cupcakes!
This bakery was a cute, small shop but full of character and charm. The decor was simple and bright, which I liked. They probably found their energy quote through a service similar to Utility Bidder because their prices for very reasonable. The lady behind the counter spoke little English but was still helpful and polite.
There were a few bar stools for seating and when the store wasn’t about to close, they had tables and chair outside for more seating.
I picked out a few goodies to have boxed up to take back to the hotel with us. Since I don’t speak any Italian and the woman behind the counter spoke little English, it was difficult to ask questions about the bakery.
Made Creative Bakery also served a few other cookies and treats that weren’t Halloween themed including these monster chocolate cookies!
Big pillowy clouds of chocolate and so delish!
I did try to take some pictures of the cupcakes that night when I got back to my hotel room. Unfortunately, it was dark, the lighting was horrible and none of the pictures turned out that great.
However, I did eat all three cupcakes and two cookies I bought and they were delish! The frosting on the cupcakes seemed to be some kine of meringue, but I couldn’t tell which one… probably Italian since you know, it’s in Italy!
Made also provides workshops and makes customs cakes for parties and corporate events!
If you’re in Rome, make sure to stop by Made Creative Bakery for a treat! Tell them I sent you!
In the bustling suburbs of Washington, DC, Georgetown Cupcake is a famous bakery that serves up delicious cupcakes to thousands of fans hoping to get a glimpse into stars behind the Food Network’s hit show DC Cupcakes.
It didn’t take me too long for me to visit Georgetown Cupcake after moving to the DC area. On the same day that I visited Sprinkles Cupcakes in DC, I walked just a few blocks down the same street to Georgetown Cupcake.
Everyone told me that I should expect huge lines at Georgetown so I was anticipating a line out the door and around the block. However, that was not the case on the day I visited. From the outside, this famous cupcake shop looked just like any other. The only difference being the huge signs in the window advertising their show, DC Cupcakes.
The first thing you see upon entering the cupcakery is the massive display of their cupcake flavors. Tiers upon tiers of cupcakes loaded with frosting in countless flavor combinations. It was overwhelming… and had me wondering… do they really sell that many cupcakes in a day?
We were there late in the afternoon and I couldn’t wrap my head around them selling so many cupcakes that late in the day!
That wasn’t all the cupcakes they had on hand either… they had this bakers rack full of them and I’m certain there were more in the back too!
That is A LOT of cupcakes!
I couldn’t decide which cupcake I wanted to try, so I went home with a dozen. Ha.
From left to right, top to bottom… I chose lemon, cookies n cream, vanilla birthday, chocolate birthday, strawberry, and red velvet.
In comparison to other cupcakes I have had, the cupcakes at Georgetown were a bit on the smaller size. Especially in comparison to the cupcakes at Sprinkles, which were huge compared to these. However, they did not disappoint on flavor!
Each cupcake was distinctly the flavor it was supposed to be, including the strawberry. The red velvet is one of their top sellers and the cream cheese frosting was rich and delicious. The cookies n’ cream cupcake was my favorite with the chocolate close behind. My kids loved the vanilla birthday.
The one big downfall to Georgetown Cupcake… the customer service.
I’m not one to write bad reviews, but the customer service was horrible at this cupcakery. I felt as though I was cattle being herded through the food line. The girls taking my order couldn’t get me through their register fast enough and offered no help or assistance in helping me fulfill my order. Once we placed our order, it was fulfilled at the pick-up counter by another employee who was as equally cold to us. Put our cupcakes in the box, called our number and that was it.
I had heard so much about how great the cupcakes at Georgetown are that the last thing I expected was for the experience to be ruined by cold employees. Quite frankly, it was disappointing and such a turnoff to Georgetown as a whole.
When I think about my experience just a few minutes prior at Sprinkles Cupcakes compared to the experience at Georgetown, it was like night and day. Sprinkles was welcoming, kind, and helpful while Georgetown was cold, unapproachable and unhelpful.
I can’t say that I’ll never eat a Georgetown cupcake ever again, but I definitely will not recommend going there if you want to have a great experience. Save that for Sprinkles. Order Georgetown for parties… definitely. Their cupcakes were delish!
If you’re looking for a delicious cupcake in Washington DC, look no further than Sprinkles Cupcakes!
It only took me two weeks of being back in the USA to start looking for my local cupcake shops. The easiest place for me to begin was with the two shops that everyone knows about in the Washington DC area… Georgetown Cupcake and Sprinkles Cupcakes.
Sprinkles Cupcakes started as a cupcake bakery in Beverly Hills, California and was founded by Candace Nelson. You may know Candace as one of the judges on The Food Network’s Cupcake Wars! Sprinkles has 19 locations in 10 states including several Cupcake ATM locations!
Upon walking into the DC location of Sprinkles Cupcakes, I was greeted with a sweet young woman behind the counter. She noticed I was looking intently at all the cupcakes and asked if this was my first visit to the bakery. I told her it was and that I was very excited to be there. Hearing that it was my first time, the woman made it a point to tell me all about the cupcakes they had on display in the case and offered to answer any questions I had.
It was later in the afternoon when we were in the shop, so we didn’t have a full stock of cupcakes to choose from, but the selection was still great. The woman behind the counter said the Red Velvet cupcake was the most popular in the store, but since I’m not a huge fan of red velvet, I opted for the chocolate raspberry and classic vanilla vanilla.
The frosting on all the cupcakes are frosted by hand with their signature flat sides and top. Each cupcake is topped with the Sprinkles signature sugar candy. Seasonally the swap out the classic double dot for hearts and other shapes.
These cupcakes were pretty fantastic! I was pleasantly surprised at how fresh and moist the cake still was by the end of the day when I tried these cupcakes!
My personal favorite flavor combination is chocolate and raspberry together, so I knew I had to taste this cupcake. And let me tell you… it did not disappoint! The cake was rich, moist and delicious and the raspberry frosting complimented it perfectly! Yum!
I always judge a cupcake shop based on their vanilla cupcake. If they can’t perfect the classic then they have no business being in the cupcake business. The Sprinkles vanilla cupcake is as close to perfect as you can get in a vanilla cupcake. The cake had a light crumb and was packed full of vanilla beans and amazing vanilla flavor. Their classic American buttercream was had perfect amount of sweetness and was creamy and so good. Seriously. So good.
From start to finish, my entire experience at Sprinkles was fun! The pink colors of the bakery are inviting and playful, the staff is incredibly friendly and the cupcakes are delicious! My time at this cupcake shop was exactly what I want an experience at a world-famous cupcake shop to be like… memorable!
If you’re in the DC area, make sure to check out the cupcakes at Sprinkles… it’s an experience you won’t want to miss out on!
Sprinkles Cupcakes – Georgetown 3015 M Street NW Washington, CD 20007 2 blocks east of Wisconsin Avenue NW (202) 450-1610 Monday – Saturday 9 – 9 Sunday 10 – 8 cClosed on Thanksgiving and Christmas
Located in the Georgetown district of Washington, DC, the Dog Tag Bakery serves not only as a local hot spot for breakfast, lunch, and baked goods but it also serves as a resource to empower the Veterans and military families in the community.
Last year, I had read an article about the Dog Tag Bakery and thought it was an outstanding concept to not only help military veterans, but provide a delicious service to the community. Once I found out I was moving to the DC area, a friend reminded me it was there and suggested I go visit! It was actually hard to find out about this place online, which suggested to me they may benefit from using local SEO services to boost their online presence.
Nestled on the corner of a side street in Georgetown, the Dog Tag Bakery provides an inviting, cozy, and safe environment for all their patrons. Whether you are a Veteran or a businessman, the Dog Tag Bakery’s home-like atmosphere makes you want to stay for hours enjoying coffee and pastries. I really loved that the decor of Dog Tag was patriotic without being over the top. The red, white, and blue was perfectly infused into the design while maintaining a modern, classic feel.
One of the focal points of the bakery is a chandelier made only of dog tags. The display not only serves as a centerpiece for one of the sitting areas, but it also is a talking point for all those who visit the bakery. Next to the display is a World War II dog tag maker that is used in the store to punch the names of all the Veterans the bakery provides help. Those tags are then hung in the display. It’s a beautiful tribute to the men and women who so bravely serve our country in the military.
Dog Tag Bakeries menu consists of fresh baked bread, croissants, muffins, cinnamon rolls and other breakfast items as well as sandwiches made with meat from local veteran-run farms, coffee, cookies, and layer cakes.
Dave came with me to the bakery and he ordered the crumb cake and a double espresso. Unfortunately he ate it before I could take a picture of it, but he assured me it was delicious!
I ordered a cappuccino, a snickerdoodle cookie, and a slice of chocolate layer cake. The cappuccino was the best I have had since being back in the USA. The barista hand packed the espresso grounds and freshly brewed the shots for my drink. I was offered a choice of milk and amount of foam. It reminded me of the cappuccino I loved so much when I was in Italy. The snickerdoodle was soft, chewy in the middle, and packed full of cinnamon flavor. Delicious!
The slice of chocolate cake was rich, chocolatey, dense, moist and covered in the most delicious chocolate ganache I’ve ever had. It took me an hour to eat this slice because it was so good I truly needed to savor any bite.
Curious why there are no cupcakes at this bakery? The staff told me that the market is already so saturated with cupcakes and there are two huge cupcake stores within walking distance from Dog Tag… there’s no need to sell cupcakes at their bakery. Makes sense! The Dog Tag pastry chef was trained in France so the baguettes and breads are authentic to the French style of baking!
Before we left, my husband decided he wanted to try one of their roast beef sandwiches. The sandwich included a fresh roll topped with pickled red onion, loaded with local roast beef, a pepperjack cheese and a red sauce. I didn’t take a bit because I’m not generally a big fan of sauce on sandwiches, but my husband who is kind of a sandwich snob said it was the best he’s had since being back in the USA! That’s a big compliment coming from a man who eats a sandwich every day!
A big thank you to the staff behind the counter of the Dog Tag Bakery for making our experience so pleasant and enjoyable! Their smiling faces were genuine and much appreciated!
More than being a great bakery, Dog Tag Bakery is part of Dog Tag, Inc. whose mission it is to serve Veterans and their families, providing them the tools they need to succeed in the business and life.
From their website… Dog Tag Inc. is an innovative five-month training program that holistically fosters the growth of driven, entrepreneurial-minded wounded veterans, spouses, and care-givers, through a world-class education, ample leadership development opportunities, and a personalized business management rotation.
By the end of our program, graduating fellows have earned a Certificate in Business Administration from Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies. The curriculum serves as an introduction to business from an academic perspective and consists of seven courses that are tailored to the small business-focused goals of our fellows. Courses include accounting, management, communication, financial management, marketing, business policy, and entrepreneurship.
Dog Tag Bakery in Georgetown provides the vehicle to put the classroom learning into context as fellows rotate through the various business roles within the bakery. The storefront includes a state of the art bakery and kitchen as well as classroom space. We provide experiential learning by facilitating a working rotation through the storefront and non-profit. Fellows will have a chance to learn every aspect of a small business including accounting, operations, staff management, product creation, customer service, and marketing. Through a combination of shadowing and project management, our fellows are expected to complete tasks independently while communicating their needs and progress with management.
I need to disclose that I have applied for the Summer 2016 fellowship program at Dog Tag, Inc.. I want to be completely transparent when I say that I am not writing this review because I want to influence my chances of getting into the program. This review is 100% my own personal opinions, with or without being in the fellowship program. Dog Tag, Inc. is an amazing organization and I would feel privileged and honored to be a part of it, whether that’s by reviewing their bakery or being a party of their fellowship program.
If you’re in the DC area, I suggest putting a stop at the Dog Tag Bakery on your list of must-see places. Not only will you enjoy delicious food, but you’ll be giving back to Veterans and their families members.
Dog Tag Bakery 3206 Grace St NW Washington, DC 20007