Baked and Wired, the coffee shop and bakery where I work as resident coffee expert, was mentioned in the Washington Post today in an article about local cupcakes. Four food writers took part in a tasting and chose B/W as their favorite:
As for what worked and didn’t for our four tasters, well, they all knew which desserts had come from ShoeBox Oven. Our tasters thought the exaggerated presentation, the slightly crushed spun sugar topping and a “prepared” flavor gave ShoeBox Oven away. The group sampled cupcakes — something everyone carried, which made comparing easier — from Baked & Wired, CakeLove and ShoeBox and thought Baked & Wired was tops for its moist cakes and cream cheese frosting.
I’m biased, of course, but I agree with the critics. After more than half a year working here, the cupcakes are the one treat I can’t get enough of. I’ve even been known to the have the occasional cupcake for breakfast. The butter cream icing is just too hard to resist.
CakeLove is more famous in DC, though I’ve never been as excited about their product. Part of the problem is the chill. Supposedly they’ve opened a fresh, room temperature cupcake bar there now, so I owe them another shot.
Buzz, which was mentioned in the article but wasn’t in the taste test, has cupcakes that are pretty good, but also pretty basic. I haven’t tried anything from ShoeBox Oven yet.
My cupcake knowledge pales in comparison to Yelp blogger and B/W customer Julie, so for more cupcake reviews from DC and elsewhere, her page is the place to go.
[Cross-posted at Smelling the Coffee. This post was originally published at EatFoo(d) on 3/14/07.]