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DC Cup-pies

DC Cup-pies


Some people go to Washington DC for the history. Some go for the scenery. Some want to be close to the workings of the US Government.
I went for the pie.

Not just any pie. This was Pie Sisters of Georgetown, and they had cuppies. Cup pies. They’re tiny, and adorable, and CUPCAKE SIZED PIES, PEOPLE.  I’m pretty sure this is the best idea in the world.



In honor of the not-quite blossoming cherry trees, I got cherry. Now, I usually don’t actually like cherry flavored things. This is because I really, really like cherries – actual, fresh, ripe cherries. The gooey things served in most cherry pastries just taste like poor imitations to me. But this was not only the best cherry pie I’ve ever had, it was possibly the best cherry anything I’ve ever had. It was probably just as well they were out of ice cream, because if that had been any more delicious I might never have been able to make myself leave. The bourbon chocolate pecan was also excellent, but it’s the cherry pie I’m still missing.

Cup pie from the Pie Sisters, Washington DC

After cuppies, it was obviously time for cupcakes. The most famous of DC Cupcakes is, well, the one on the DC Cupcakes show – Georgetown Cupcakes. Reviews seemed to suggest it’s a place whose trendiness outweighs actual tastiness, but I still wanted to give it a try — until I walked by and saw over 100 people in line outside the store.

Look, I admit I occasionally am prone to hyperbole. I describe something as ‘the most amazing food I’ve ever tasted’ at least twice a week. I insist I’m about to faint from hunger when I actually just mean it’s been almost an hour since someone’s given me chocolate. But I swear, this time, I’m not just saying there was a long line. I’m saying I stood there on the counter and counted over 100 people, stretching down most of the block, before I said “Forget this, they have a shop in NYC,” and walked on.


This was, by the way, only a few minutes walk from Pie Sisters, which had a steady stream of customers but no real line. I was tempted to tell the poor waiting souls that they could free themselves from the tyranny of cake and embrace the way of the cup pie. Because CUP PIES.

(No, I’m still not over this.)
But in the end I decided that the Way Of The Cup Pie is something every dessert seeker has to discover for themselves, and headed to Cake Love.

Now, I usually don’t go out of my way for things just because they’re associated with celebrities, but I make an exception for Food Network pastry chefs. Warren Brown was a lawer before he decided what the world really needed more of was love, sweet love — no, wait, I mean cakes made from scratch. (Which really is the same thing, when you think about it.)

I also don’t usually get excited about vanilla cake, but the sample I tried was great. The salty caramel cupcake I had was even better. The frosting was like whipped butter, the cake was dense and tasty, and the salt was piled on top like a mini explosion of goodness.

I should have tried more, but I was still kind of full of pie. There is obviously only one way to correct this mistake. So, who wants to go back to DC with me?



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  1. You’ve raised cupcake photos to an art form! Really, the only time I ever go to Georgetown Cupcakes is when I have visitors in town who have seen the TV show. I’ll let you in on a secret, if you call your order in ahead of time, you don’t have to stand in line. Just walk in and pick your order up. That should work unless they’ve changed how they handle phone-ins.
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    • Thank you! I believe that a good cupcake is a thing of beauty that should be shared with the world. As long as that doesn’t interfere with me eating it.

      That’s good to know! Though I’d worry if I just waltzed in and tried to walk out with my pre-ordered cupcakes, that line outside might turn into a riot.

    • Joe, I’ve never tried a phone-in order at Georgetown Cupcakes, but you can also bypass the line by placing an order online. Thanks for the tip!

  2. I’ve only been to Washington once, so far and completely missed out on the pies! They look very scrummy and I’ll have to keep an eye out for them.

    I loved Georgetown too, I thought it was a very clean, trendy and appealing place to be.
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    • I wish I’d spent more time in Georgetown, but it was lovely to walk along the canal for a while. If I go back, I think that would be my first choice for a neighborhood to stay in.

    • That sounds amazing and I want one for breakfast now. I might be going to Seattle later this summer, I’ll make sure to take a cupcake detour if I do!

  3. DC’s gotten so hip and cool since I moved to NYC. I can’t believe it’s the same place. The only lines you’d see when I lived there were protests of one sort or another.
    Those cup pies (I nearly said cupcakes) do look mouthwatering. I’d want to make the trip too. In fact, I will next time I’m there.
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    • I would protest having to stand in line for cupcakes. Maybe next time I should bring some signs.

    • Oooh, I’d love if they’d open a NYC location – I would totally go into the city just for pie. Maybe I should start a petition.

  4. Wonderful post here…cup sized pies…no wonder there’s a line!

    • They’re tasty AND adorable!

  5. How is it the wonder of cup pies hasn’t taken off here in CT? Someone needs to get on this idea–fast! Sounds like a delicious tour. Good for you for not standing in line for over-hyped baked goods. I bet they weren’t worth the wait!
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    • I am somewhat jealous that I didn’t think of this first! Maybe they’ll open up to franchise opportunities. :)

      If Georgetown Cupcakes was the only DC bakery on my to-try list, I might have felt like I was missing out by skipping it, but it was an easy decision once I realized it couldn’t be much better then the pies.

  6. Noooo! How did I just come back from a trip to Washington and not try any of these pies?! Those Bourbon Chocolate Pecan ones looks amazing!! Drool.
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  7. Those cup pies sound amazing especially the bourbon chocolate pecan. We were in DC last Oct and wish I knew about this instead of heading to the Georgetown cupcakes. There were hardly any lines at almost closing time on Thurs. night. Lines like those are also common at Sprinkles on this side of the country. I’d take those cup pies over cupcakes anytime. Thanks for the tip!
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  8. I’ve only been to Washington once but I missed all the sweets – time to go back I think! The pecan cup pies look very much like what we call butter tarts in Canada – they are a quintessential Canadian treat. You may have to visit Canada and try some to see how they compare!
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    • Someone in DC mentioned that place to me too – apparently they’re only a few blocks away from Pie Sisters! I’ll be sure to try it next time. After the pie.

  9. I can’t believe I haven’t tried Pie Sisters yet! I just did a cupcake crawl in Georgetown a few weeks ago (but haven’t blogged it yet).

    I’ve wanted to like Warren Brown’s creations because his backstory is so inspiring. My experience, however, is that you have to buy the product as it’s hitting the shelf, or else. His cakes go dry very quickly, and I’ve been on the receiving end of a dry cake/cupcake more often than not. :( Glad you got a good one!
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