Monday, September 3, 2012

Georgetown Cupcakes

I still have a sugar high from trying the best cupcakes in the world, Georgetown Cupcakes. There was a line going out the door to their shop and after eating them I see why.

My 10 year old daughter is a fan of baking shows. She loves Cake Boss and DC Cupcakes. Any picture you have seen of me making a cake is due to my daughter's influence. In fact, she does most of baking. I just guide her. After watching DC Cupcakes, I decided to surprise her by taking her to Georgetown and try them herself.

It was a 40 minute drive and we spent about 10 minutes in line, but it was worth it. We weren't able to eat the cupcakes in Georgetown because my 6 year old threw a fit. By the time we got back to suburbia, the frosting was melted. Still, we devoured our cupcakes in less than 5 minutes.

The list of flavors we got today:

                               2 Red Velvet (their most famous cupcake)
                               Caramel Apple
                               Toffee Crunch
                               Chocolate 2
                               Chocolate Ganache

My favorites were the toffee crunch and the caramel apple. The frosting on the Red Velvet was the best. I am sure the chocolate is great but I am not much of a chocolate person. Aron, age 6, said the Chocolate Ganache was the best cupcake he ever had. This is after he kept yelling at the Georgetown Cupcake line, "I hate cupcakes! Donuts are better!"

I think the secret of the cupcakes are their high quality fresh  ingredients. They use Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla and Valrhona Chocolate. The sisters of DC Cupcakes use Callebaut chocolate chips and Plugra brand European style butter. I swear I tasted a hint of cornmeal in my toffee cupcake. I know you put a little cornmeal with some kinds of cupcakes. Joy the Baker does it! The Red Velvet cupcake has cider vinegar in it!

Here is the recipe for their Easy Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting. Viki and I will make it to see if it is the same as the kind on the Red Velvet Cupcake.

DC Cupcakes Easy Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
1/2 stick unsalted butter
6 oz. cream cheese
4 c. sifted confectioner's sugar
1/4 t. vanilla extract
Place butter and cream cheese into mixer bowl. Cream 1 minute on medium-high speed until fluffy. Add confectioner's sugar 1 c. at a time, mixing on medium speed, scraping down bowl between additions. Add vanilla, then beat on high speed 1-2 minutes until light and fluffy.

Here is a link to the Chocolate Ganache cupcake. The frosting is just melted chocolate chips and heavy cream. Georgetown Cupcakes also offers gluten free cupcakes.  I'll have to find out if they have anything safe for diabetics though their carrot cake is low calorie. 

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