Truth be told, this was the first gluten-free cupcake I tried after going gluten-free about seven weeks ago, not the cupcake I had at Tu-lu. I stopped by a Cupcakes Take the Cake event at the new Georgetown Cupcake in Soho with my friend Melissa, but I’d just planned to say a quick hello. I snapped a few photos and almost accidentally glanced at the menu, spotting the Gluten-Free Lava Fudge cupcake photographed above. What a nice surprise! Fortunately I’m not so worried about cross-contamination (at least not yet), though I have to say the staff was extra careful about not touching my cupcake with gloved hands which had just touched a traditional cupcake… very cool on their part. If you’ve ever been to the original bakery in D.C., you probably know how gorgeous the treats are here, but I’m all about the taste, which did not disappoint. Yes, it has that gluten-free texture to it, but I don’t think you’ll mind at all. In fact, because the cupcake is filled with chocolate-gooey yum, all of your attention is likely to be focused on licking every drop from your lips. It’s a winner for sure. And perhaps best of all is that this cupcake isn’t too large. I love sweets, but I don’t want to feel stuffed by them. Likely because the cupcakes are a little on the smaller side, they keep the price under $3, which I think is just right. According to the menu, they don’t make this particular cupcake every day, which is a shame, but I went back the next day and they had it again, so maybe it will become a regular thing… hint, hint.
I'm Justin Schwartz, an Executive Cookbook Editor for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. My opinions are my own and have nothing to do with my employer. I'm an occasional food writer and wannabe photographer, and this blog is about what I'm up to these days. I'm the author of Veg Out Vegetarian Guide to New York City and The Marshmallow Fluff Cookbook. You can email me at justin at justinschwartz.com. I'm also on Instagram.
A lot of the books I write about are ones I've edited, so my opinions are very biased. And if I didn't work on the book, someone probably gave it to me for free. So keep that in mind before you take my word for it. Sometimes I just like to give a shout-out to my friends.