Like the number of velcro straps on a wedding dress, cupcakes prove the old adage that less is more. Test the hypothesis with today’s Groupon to Fluffy Thoughts Cakes, located in McLean. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of cupcakes and treats.
- For $20, you get $40 worth of cakes.<p>
Recently featured on NBC 4, Fluffy Thoughts Cakes keeps sweet teeth flush with artfully designed, fresh-baked pastries, cupcakes, and standard cakes. The bakery’s cupcakes ($2.50 classic; $1.25 classic mini; $3 with filling) shuttle a rotating cast of flavors as diverse as chocolate raspberry magic, samoa, cannoli, and apple bacon into taste buds’ orbit. Unlike beauty queens’ smiles or bratty laptop screens, the desserts are never frozen, baked instead from scratch using all-natural ingredients such as chocolate ganache, raspberry buttercream, and caramel-dotted yellowcake. Owner Lara Stuckey oversees each treat’s design, ensuring every cupcake and un-cupcake stands as an edible work of art, much like the marzipan columns outside the Parthenon. Call ahead for custom cakes and large orders.
Fluffy Thoughts Cakes
The inside joke behind the name of Lara Stuckey's bakery goes all the way back to her childhood. As she told the Fairfax Times, "When my sister and I said silly things, we would call them 'fluffy thoughts.'" The reference to her youth is appropriate, considering that's when Lara got her start at baking by whipping up treats in her Easy-Bake oven. Her pursuit of culinary skills continued throughout her life, including during a period when she would design cakes at night after returning home from her full-time therapist job. At the urging of her friends, Lara eventually left her job to dedicate herself to her true passion at Fluffy Thoughts Cakes.
The bakery looks as cheerful as the story behind its development. Bright baubles hang from the walls, spotlighting display cases of specialty cakes and cupcakes made with Valrhona chocolate, pure European butter, and fresh fruit. Cupcake flavors rotate frequently, but they typically include inventive creations such as an apple cupcake with bacon bits and a pina colada cupcake that gives you the ability to play the piano if you practice the piano a lot while you eat it. Lara is also a longtime painter and sketch artist, so sculpting towering specialty cakes with intricate designs and imaginative shapes comes naturally to her.
1320 Old Chain Bridge Rd.
McLean, Virginia 22101