Georgetown Cupcake is the adorable little pink cupcake shop on M Street that just so happens to be the focal point of an eponymous hit TLC reality show.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the show, the owners of Georgetown Cupcake, Katherine and Sophie, create large and extravagant cupcake displays, including a cupcake dog, a glow-in-the-dark cupcake guitar, and even a cupcake wedding dress.
Their shop, Georgetown Cupcake, opened on Valentine’s Day, and from that point on, it became a neighborhood staple even before the show aired, with lines wrapping all the way around the corner and up the hill.
Let me tell you something: that hasn’t changed.
I happened to be in Georgetown one Saturday night (my first mistake), and of course, I wanted to visit Georgetown Cupcake as I’ve been a fan of the show for years.
The last time I was in DC, I discovered the show a week after we flew back home. The disappointment! Needless to say, my mom and I arrived at the shop to be greeted by a long line of people. We stood in the line for 15 minutes and moved exactly 2 1/2 feet. Not kidding.
Never fear! You all can learn from my mistakes because I’m here to share the best tips and tricks to visit the beloved cupcake hotspot.
1. Order your cupcakes in advance a day or two in advance
What many tourists, and even locals, don’t know is that Georgetown Cupcake allows for online pickup in-store for no extra fee!
Doing this allows you to do two things: a. Skip the long line you’ll be greeted by outside, and b. Ensure that you get the cupcakes you want! Anyone who orders in advance is allowed to cut the line completely, and head right inside.
Also, given that Georgetown Cupcake is so busy if you head there later at night, it’s likely they could be sold out of the cupcake flavors you had your eye on. We ordered ahead, and they actually messed up our order, so they completely remade it, and we got a dozen cupcakes for the price of a half dozen!
2. Check the Georgetown Cupcake Facebook page in the morning on the day you’re planning to go!
Every morning Georgetown Cupcake posts a special secret flavor to their Facebook page. If you request this secret flavor when you visit, it’s free (that’s right, save those coins)!
Be quick, though. They only make 100 per location.
Trust me, these flavors are totally worth it. They’re cupcakes that aren’t on their regular menu at all, regardless of the day, month, or holiday. When I went, the flavor was chocolate-dipped strawberry, which was absolutely perfect for me due to my love of both strawberries and chocolate!
3. Go as early as possible
I realize that waking up early can be difficult and no, I don’t like it either, but in this case, the pros outweigh the cons.
There are three reasons why going to Georgetown Cupcake right when it opens is going to help you: a. No line b. Cupcakes are at their freshest and C. FREE SECRET CUPCAKE.
I went to pick up my cupcake order on Sunday morning, about a half hour after they opened. There were maybe two couples sitting in the shop and only about five people in line, compared to the fifty on Saturday night.
My cousin, who grew up in the D.C. area, said several of her friends visited Georgetown Cupcake in the afternoon and found the cupcakes to be kind of dry. I can’t promise they’ll be really fresh if you go during peak hours at the end of the night, but I can assure you that if you head there in the morning, the cupcakes will be fresh and full of flavor!
Going early also ensures that you can take photos in the cute little shop without it being crowded with other people, a definite plus for all you bloggers and tourists out there!
Georgetown Cupcake is so cute, and it really doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful to go there as long as you’re smart about how you do it!
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Eva Phan is the founder of Eva Darling, a travel and style website aiming to empower women to see the world solo while sharing on-trend, luxury feminine style inspiration. Featured in publications including Forbes, Thrillist, and Yahoo News, Eva has combined her education from Parsons School of Design with her incurable case of the travel bug to create a global destination that encourages others to romanticize their everyday.