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!
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