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Well, folks, the time has come. It's the first day of March, and thus, the first day of . . . drumroll, please . . . the Cupcake Cup! We can't wait to get started and discover the reader-voted best cupcake in Washington.
Just a reminder of the general rules: We'll post two contests a day for the next few weeks, generally around 10 AM and 2 PM. Voting on each cupcake contest will stay open for 24 hours. The winner will the move to the next round.
Ready? Check out the bracket and vote below in our first competition. Also don't forget to enter our contest: Guess the outcome of the Cupcake Cup from the Sweet 16 through the winner. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Cupcake Cup” by Friday, March 5. The winner who comes closest to guessing all the slots will win a tasty prize.
Baked & Wired: The cupcakes at this Georgetown spot are well-regarded for their size and buttery, cake-like texture. They often sell out, so addicts know to go in the morning. Owner Teresa Velazquez uses family recipes and turns out conventional flavors (red velvet, vanilla with chocolate) as well as creative creations such as lemon with a raspberry-jam center and the Elvis—a banana cake with peanut-butter frosting.
Heller's Bakery: This historic Mount Pleasant bakery is known for its donuts, but the cupcakes—which sport some of the most colorful frosting we've seen—are a tasty treat as well. Bonus: You can custom design your own cupcakes for an event.
This poll will stay open until 10 AM on Tuesday.
*To help keep this contest fair, we’ve elected to use an IP address-based poll. This means that if you are voting from an office or network setting, not everybody will be able to vote. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we hope you’ll encourage coworkers to vote from their home computers.