The Red Velvet Cupcakery is a little shop in DC with swank little cupcakes for the tasting. I was in DC for New Year’s with my boyfriend and some other friends, and when we saw this place in passing, I insisted on going in. Naturally, no one objected (because seriously, who doesn’t like cupcakes? You don’t? Why do you hate freedom?).
It was a tiny little shop; not room for more than maybe 10 people standing elbow-to-elbow in the waiting/ordering area. Upon walking in you’re presented with a glass case of cupcake options, including some pretty cool flavors.
Since the cupcakes themselves were a little pricey ($3.25 apiece) I decided to cap us out at six. The flavors we chose were:
How did the cupcakes taste?
I’ll be perfectly honest: none of us were particularly impressed. Especially for the price per cupcake, we didn’t feel like most of them were worth it; it was kind of disappointing. The Black Velvet and Vanilla Bean were good, and I thought the Lemon and Lime were tasty (odd, them not being chocolate) but the others we felt were pretty “meh”. After some consideration, I finally decided the issue was the flavor of the cake itself; if the cake didn’t have chocolate to mask it, the “normal” flavor tasted strange. We decided the base flavor smacked of yellow Fruit Loops or Captain Crunch. It was odd.
Maybe their odd-tasting flavors have something to do with the quality of their ingredients. According to their web site they use extremely high quality chocolate, butter, and salt. Perhaps I’m so unused to such fine ingredients, that I don’t understand what they’re supposed to taste like (seriously – I’m not actually trying to be caustic here. For using such good ingredients, I can’t figure out why I didn’t like their flavors).
For $3.25 apiece we were really expecting more; these I felt were worth $2 max. It was fun for the novelty, but when it comes right down to it, we just didn’t think they tasted that good.
Not, of course, that that kept us from finishing them. ^_^
Has anyone been to Red Velvet Cupcakery before?