This cupcake bakery/coffeehouse had been charming Georgetown for seven years before its competitor named for the neighborhood arrived, and it's more fashionable, too, just as you'd expect from a business created by graphic designers. If you could make a 3-D world out of all the impossibly pretty images from your favorite design blog, Baked & Wired is what it would look like.
Glass cloches on a marble counter protect 20 kinds of cupcakes, with such names as "menage a trois" and "unporked Elvis," and pastel cake stands elevate pies overflowing with fruit. Nearby, more glass canisters of cookies, brownies and cupcake sprinkles catch the sunlight. If you can't decide what to try, go for the chocolate peanut butter cupcake. In an eight-week hunt to find the best cupcakes in the city, The Post's Food section called that flavor "truly delectable."
Tip: If you want to blend in with the regulars -- the office workers who stop in for a sugar rush or the sweat-soaked runners and cyclists who come in right off the C&O Canal towpath -- know the drill. Head to the right side of the restaurant for drinks (including Stumptown coffee), quiche, yogurt or quick breads, and go to the left side to get other baked goods and pay.
-- Anne Kenderdine (July 20, 2011)
Weekends are the best time to sample traditional pies, including peach, mixed berry and pecan, at this spot near the C&O canal (look for the pink bicycle). On weekdays, it's best to call ahead or visit the shop's Twitter feed (@bakedandwiredDC). If you're lucky enough to nab a slice or a fruity handpie (bigger than a slice but smaller than a whole pie), visit the friendly baristas for freshly whipped cream and find a nook amid the crowd to indulge. $4.85 per slice, $5.25 per handpie, $36 per pie.
Kathleen Hom (Aug. 11, 2011)