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    Beltway locals know Baked and Wired as the edgy cupcakery in tony Georgetown. The menu boasts confections like the 'Chocolate Cupcake of Doom' and provocative graphic art blankets the bakery walls. Their popular strawberry cupcakes have bleeding fresh berries folded into yellow cake batter. Baked and Wired has even turned the idea of cutesy cupcakes on its head by baking giant cupcakes by special order, massive enough to feed six.
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    Charm City Cupcakes: Baltimore's specialty cupcake shop concocts playful flavors like Almond Raspberry and Strawberry Mint for events like bridal or baby showers. But they also make an assortment of "grownup" flavors for more sophisticated affairs. Customers can get towering cupcake trees filled with Jamaican Rum, Grand Marnier, and Bailey's flavored treats to accompany their evening cocktails.
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    Georgetown Cupcake: This Georgetown shop devoted to designer cupcakes has the unassuming facade of a neighborhood townhouse. But this townhouse turned bake shop has customers lining up around the block. Owners Katherine Kallinis and Sophie La Montagne say that on busy days, they sell upwards of 5,000 cupcakes.
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    CakeLove: These "cakes from scratch" are baked in the CakeLove bakery on U St. in Washington. Across the street from the bakery is the LoveCafe, where customers can sit and savor an assortment of freshly baked mini-cakes, like their raspberry cupcake. The shop is run by Warren Brown who traded a successful career in law to pursue a passion for pastry-making.
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    At Georgetown Cupcake, freshly iced Red Velvet, Lava Fudge, and Chocolate PB Swirl cupcakes are served straight off the oven tray. Cupcakes are also sold by the dozen, packaged in bright pink boxes and tied off with black ribbon.
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    Hello Cupcake: This Dupont Circle cupcakery is brainchild of executive pastry chef Penny Karas -- a self-professed "Greek Mother" who says she learned to bake from her own Greek mother and aunts. The shop serves over 50 flavors -- but check the weekly schedule on the shop's website to make sure your favorite is available that day. There are also friendly choices for the dietary restricted, ranging from vegan pumpkin spice to gluten free cupcakes.
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    Red Velvet Cupcakery: This cupcake establishment in Washington's Penn Quarter is run by the team of Aaron Gordon and his sister Canada. Wake up to one of Red Velvet Cupcakery's "Morning Call" cupcakes -- chocolate espresso cake slathered with mocha buttercream frosting. Or, try their new spin on a classic Vanilla Bean cupcake, revamped with Madagascar bourbon-laced vanilla frosting. The family cupcake business is now expanding to Arizona, where the pair's mother has opened a new Red Velvet Cupcakery.
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    Something Sweet: The woman behind the apron at this whimsical cupcake shop is Meghan Blair, the wife of Washington restaurateur Bo Blair. Nostalgia reigns in her shop, which caters to local families and bakes for birthday parties and events.
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    At Something Sweet, the glass display cases, conveniently located at a child's eye-level, house row upon row of pastel frosted cupcakes. Chocolate peanut-butter and red velvet cupcakes can be embellished with whimsical 'Hello Kitty' or pirate hat toppers.
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    A testament to the cupcake craze, the annual Neiman Marcus Christmas Book, known for fantasy items, is selling a customized cupcake car. With a 24-volt electric motor, the cupcake car can travel up to 7 miles per hour and sells for $25,000.
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