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Best Cupcakes in DC

Updated: February 19, 2024

DC is famed for something pretty sweet: it’s cupcakes. Deciding which of the many bakeries to visit can be challenging, so we’ve narrowed down some of the very best here in DC.

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MOST FAMOUS

Georgetown Cupcakes - A conversation about cupcakes in DC can’t be had without mention of Georgetown Cupcakes.

Originally opened in 2008 by two sisters, Georgetown Cupcake rose to national fame with the premiere of the hit TV show DC Cupcakes on TLC. Today there are 6 different Georgetown Cupcakes across the country. 


BEST BAKERY

Baked and Wired - When asked about the best cupcakes in DC, many DC locals will be quick to refer to Baked and Wired, a funky bakery and coffee shop just off M Street in Georgetown.

The quality of the cupcakes here is hard to beat, but what makes Baked and Wired even more delectable is the variety of other treats available for purchase.

Some of the most popular include the O.M.G. (a caramel s’more finished with a dark chocolate glaze), hippie crack (homemade granola), and their ice cream sammies.


BEST VEGAN CUPCAKE

Sticky Fingers - Located a little off the tourist path, Sticky Fingers is a must for any vegan with a sweet tooth. A two-time winner of Cupcake Wars, Sticky Fingers claims itself to be “a haven for foodies and the health-conscious alike.”

The bakery serves vegan sandwiches, wraps, and hot food items as well. Gluten-free eats are also available.


BEST CHAIN CUPCAKE

Sprinkles - First opened in Beverly Hills in 2005, Sprinkles now has 12 different locations nationwide, including one right here in Georgetown.

The menu is extensive and changes daily. The newest addition to this sweet shop is Sprinkles Ice Cream!


MOST UNDERRATED CUPCAKE 

The Sweet Lobby - Perhaps lacking the name recognition of Georgetown Cupcakes or the devout following of Baked and Wired, the Sweet Lobby offers high-quality cupcakes topped with European style buttercreams.

Not in the mood for a cupcake? The Sweet Lobby also specializes in macarons and madeleines.

You can visit this shop on our Eastern Market History & Desserts Tour!



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Canden Arciniega

Follow On Instagram | I'm a historian & tour guide in Washington DC with 4 published books about the city. I have written for HuffPost Travel and have been featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and numerous other DC papers. I've also been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. I am the producer of the podcast, Tour Guide Tell All. I am an authority on D.C. history, and have led tours in the city since 2011. I currently resides in DC, but have also lived in London and South Korea, and have traveled to over 28 countries and every US State but Hawaii. I homeschool my 2 children by exploring the plethora of museums in DC. Read More...
Updated: February 19th, 2024
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