Have you noticed that you can’t go 2 blocks with out running into a cupcake in DC? No? well you will now…
Every coffee shop, gellato shop, even pizza place sells cupcakes. There are even speciality shops just for cupcakes like the infamous Georgetown Cupcakes (barf), Sprinkles, Red Velvet…the list goes on. Before moving to DC cupcakes to me were only the ones you get at a supermarket in the plastic holder with the light whippy frosting and plastic toys rings on top. Cupcakes were not a “thing” in Florida, people don’t really care about cupcakes because they care about smoothies and the gym.
But now I see how cupcakes are kind of a “thing”, they are actually a delectable desert that should always be of the best quality. Add to the list of things I am a snob about: cupcakes. Those crappy supermarket cupcakes I spent my whole life hating at birthday parties in the cafeteria will never grace my lips again because this is a new era! This is a CUPCAKE RENAISSANCE! (for me at least)…I have been awakened to a lifestyle of excellent quality cupcakes and I’m never going back.
While georgetown cupcakes gets all the attention in DC, I am here to inform you as a self proclaimed pseudo cupcake novice conesour (say that three times fast) that waiting in the Georgetown Cupcake line that usually raps around the block a few times (damn tourists) is not worthwhile!
Yeah sure, you get a cool pink box for every purchase no matter if you buy one or 20 cupcakes and its on TV so it must be cool…but just a few blocks down M street is a little coffee shop slash bakery called Baked and Wired…yoooo right, i’m so high right now 420 fo-lyf…IGNORE ME.
Let me just say that the cupcakes at this fine establishment are supreme, they are big and fresh and ugh just LOOK AT THEM! In general this is probably one of my favorite coffee shops in the Georgetown area which is in dire need of more cool coffee shops BTW. The walls are always covered with local artists art and the staff is really cool and eclectic looking. I think I counted 3 nose rings on this one girl working the register.
The set up is very unique and unconventional, as are many of the businesses in Georgetown due to the 100 year old buildings they are located in. When you walk inside you have two choises, a fork in the road if you will. To the left is the bakery line where on display are an assortment of pastries desserts and the underrated yet quite superb cupcakes. (as pictured below it is always PACKED on this side, fatties.)
and to the left behind the wall is the coffee (oh yeah they have coffee too, oh yeah this is a coffee blog!!)
The baristas are coffee fanatics, you can just see it in their eyes… The way they ask you if you want your African brew to be french pressed or poured over, never flinching when an ignoramus coffee consumer asks “whats dat mean, der de derrr?” They are happy to explain in overly animated detail about the entire process of how every blend can be poured and the differences between the nuances in taste.
SIDE RANT: Baristas (who know their shit) truly are artists, they can create the most masterful brews and it’s sad because in the end that $3.00 latte is just hastily slurped up by an unappreciative cold caffeine addict who can’t even drink their coffee black because they don’t understand the true flavors of a good fruity brew! (RANT OVER, still there?…pretty cupcakes in jars!)
To surmise: Baked and Wired has a fantastic bakery that not only has cupcakes in glass jars displayed all around but quiche, pies, zilla bones aka dog treats, and hippie crack! Thats right, for all you hippies fending for crack, you can get your fix at this here fine establishment…ok, its granola. But still, YUM! Don’t forget about the magical baristas who not only serve coffee blends but an assortment of teas. And they also hold cool events like brista training sessions by Stumptown, and sometimes they have poetry slams and what not.
Hours of op:
Mon- Thurs 6:59am-7pm