you had me at hello, or, how i almost fingerprinted somebody

Now then. Where were we?

Oh yes. When last we spoke, I was licking the last bits of chocolate ganache and vanilla cream off my fingers after leaving Buzz Bakery in Alexandria. Since our first foray into cupcake madness began at a place that carried a variety of baked goods, I decided it was time to zero in on a few upscale cupcakeries.


On a rainy Saturday, we headed over to Dupont Circle in D.C., to check out Hello Cupcake and Red Velvet. Never mind that it was almost impossible to find a parking space on the crowded streets of this area, that it was rainy and windy and we had to walk blocks and blocks to reach these places — no, never you mind. We did this all for YOU, after all, and you’re so worth it, right? Besides, it never hurts to burn a few calories before pigging out delicately tasting cupcake finery.☺

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a little cupcake chat with charise mericle harper

Are you in the mood for a deliciously plain vanilla cupcake with buttercream frosting right about now?

Certainly hope so, because Charise Mericle Harper has stopped by to chat about Cupcake: A Journey to Special (Disney-Hyperion, 2010)! Seems everyone is crazy about this scrumptious, sparkly story that attempts to answer the question: Can a plain vanilla cupcake find happiness in a razzle dazzle world?

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soup of the day (and a giveaway): it’s raining cupcakes by lisa schroeder!

Weather Forecast for alphabet soup and vicinity: Mostly sunny with periods of heavy cupcake rain. Sugar highs astronomical with cheers blowing in from all directions. Frosting and sprinkles overnight north and west of town.

Grab your umbrellas, everyone — it’s cupcake weather!

I am sooooooo excited that It’s Raining Cupcakes by Lisa Schroeder (S&S/Aladdin, 2010) is officially out today! Truly, this middle grade novel has my name written all over it, and I’m here to shout its praises from the highest rooftops.

Will you just look at that cover? *lick lick* Scrumptious and then some. If it’s got you anticipating a deliciously fun, uplifting story that will leave you comforted, inspired, and totally satisfied, you will not be disappointed. Just wait till you begin reading — each chapter is named after a different cupcake flavor: Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes, Banana Cream Pie Cupcakes, Coconut Mango Cupcakes, and my personal favorite, Hawaiian Sky Cupcakes! ☺

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get your buzz on: buzz bakery!


I first heard about Buzz Bakery in Alexandria from Sara Lewis Holmes, whose New Year’s resolution this year is, “to eat more cupcakes.” I know, right? A brilliant poet and author who’s definitely got her priorities straight. ☺

This past weekend was the perfect time for a cupcake caper — temps in the 60’s, bright sunshine and clear blue skies. Since Buzz has been on my foodie field trip list for quite some time now, it was the perfect place to begin my research. My ultimate quest: to find the best Chocolate Cupcake in the DC area, and to reacquaint myself with its cousins — Red Velvet, Carrot Cake, Vanilla, Lemon, Strawberry, Champagne, Banana, et. al. If brownies, cookies, or cute little pies call my name, I will answer.

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rolling out the pastry cart!

"The fine arts are five in number: namely, painting, sculpture, music, poetry and architecture, the principal branch of the latter being pastry." ~ Marie-Antoine Carême (1783-1833).


Happy March! *licks lips*

A new month, a clean slate — time to shed our pjs, dive into bowls of creamy batter, and dip ourselves in velvety rich chocolate ganache. It’s been a tough winter, and the way I see it, we deserve to cavort with the custard. Care for a fondant au chocolat?

photo by Xiaozhuli.

Back in April 2009, we served up joyous portions of poetry and cake here at alphabet soup, but I barely got to lick my share of icing before the month was over. I wrote about the country’s insatiable appetite for cupcakes, especially the gourmet variety, and visited the much touted Georgetown Cupcake in the name of research. Since then, owners Sophie and Katherine have moved their flagship store to a larger location a block away, and opened a second shop in downtown Bethesda. What’s even sweeter is that they’ll also be starring in a brand new six episode TLC reality series, "Cupcake Sisters," which will air beginning in July. 

Sophie LaMontagne and Katherine Kallinis.
photo credit: Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post.

Yep. Cupcake mania is as rampant as ever. Every time I turn around, another cupcakery has popped out of the oven. The famous New York-based Crumbs (which already has 26 stores in the country), is set to open the first of five D.C. area stores in May, and co-founder Jason Bauer is quite confident that their cupcakes are far superior to all others. We shall see!

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