Bakeries in Hillcrest Heights

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Part art gallery, part cocoa bar, Artfully Chocolate was established in 2007 when owner Eric Nelson quit his job as an executive in order to pursue his artistic passions. Needing a little something extra to draw attention to his shop and unwilling to sound a tornado siren after every purchase, Eric called on the services of friend and chocolatier Rob Kingsbury. Kingsbury instantly infused the colorful gallery with the sweet allure Eric was seeking.

Today, the duo's handiwork takes center stage inside two different locations: Eric's masterpieces parade across the walls, and Rob's expertise reveals itself in sips and bites of decadent drinks and pastries. They also host tasting classes, including a wine-pairing class and chocolate-tasting class.

2003 Mount Vernon Avenue
Alexandria,
VA
US

At Occasionally Cake, pastry chefs Sabrina Campbell and Marcia Crandall get pretty bold with their cupcake flavors. So it may not come as a surprise that one of their bestsellers is called Everything But The Kitchen Sink. There's a lot going on with this vanilla cupcake—it's filled with peanut butter, chocolate, and butterscotch chips, dipped in caramel, iced with peanut butter frosting, and topped off with Heath bits. Other cupcakes, meanwhile, range from the Fuzzy Navel—an orange cake with peach buttercream—to the Grasshopper, a chocolate truffle cake crowned with mint-Oreo buttercream and capable of leaping several feet if startled. Sabrina and Marcia also craft cakes for special occasions such as weddings and birthday parties.

207 King St
Alexandria,
VA
US

At Occasionally Cake, pastry chefs Sabrina Campbell and Marcia Crandall get pretty bold with their cupcake flavors. So it may not come as a surprise that one of their bestsellers is called Everything But The Kitchen Sink. There's a lot going on with this vanilla cupcake—it's filled with peanut butter, chocolate, and butterscotch chips, dipped in caramel, iced with peanut butter frosting, and topped off with Heath bits. Other cupcakes, meanwhile, range from the Fuzzy Navel—an orange cake with peach buttercream—to the Grasshopper, a chocolate truffle cake crowned with mint-Oreo buttercream and capable of leaping several feet if startled. Sabrina and Marcia also craft cakes for special occasions such as weddings and birthday parties.

8859 Richmond Hwy
Alexandria,
VA
US

Swing's caffeine artisans craft signature blends of globally sourced, locally roasted java that have garnered a bouquet of awards and accolades, including a spot on Zagat's Buzz-Worthy Coffee Options in DC list. Fill thirsty mugs with a craft-roasted blend such as the Diplomat ($14/lb.), a dark brew that deftly negotiates sweet notes of baking chocolate into bold sips that evoke sensory portraits of leather and pipe tobacco. The Nicaraguan Los Papales ($16/lb.) teems with vanilla and malt flavors, and the Espresso 90 ($14/lb.) jolts sleepy gray matter awake with a Northern Italian roast with notes of cherry, pomegranate, and “Reveille.”

501 E Monroe Ave
Alexandria,
VA
US

Fueled by customers' suggestions, the skilled decorators at Sweet Themez create custom cakes, cupcakes, and cake pops to suit all occasions. Armed with buttercream and sweet sugar dough, they craft every kind of cake imaginable, from sheet cakes shaped as baby gowns for infant christenings and cupcakes shaped as billiard balls for pool-table christenings.

More than 25 cake and icing flavors are available, such as carrot cake with cream-cheese icing, chocolate cake topped with cookie crumbles and mint-cookie icing, and cinnamon allspice cake stuffed with cinnamon cream and apple filling. Sweet Themez’s gluten-free and vegan flavors cater to customers with dietary restrictions.

2318 18th St NW
Washington,
DC
US

The organizers of Say I Do! LGBT Wedding Expo don’t want same-sex couples to “feel like a stepchild when attending traditional wedding events.” That’s why they created Say I Do!, an entertaining and inspiring wedding expo that celebrates the LGBT community. The event corrals tons of vendors including caterers, photographers, florists, and DJs to the luxurious Hotel Palomar, inviting couples to peruse a variety of nuptial services. But it’s not all marital preparation. Guests can take a breather and race each other on the expo’s giant, inflatable ponies, which incidentally is exactly how Pony Express riders trained for the job.

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2121 Washington Circle Northwest
Washington,
DC
US