Occasionally Cake has had customers hooked on their cupcakes, cookies, and amazing cakes for quite some time now, but the moment they’ve all been waiting for is finally here! OC opened the doors to their bakery late last month and has been luring in customers with the sweet smell of their cupcakes ever since! OC has cupcakes every day; usually 6 different flavors from a rotating menu of over 50 flavor combinations! The shop’s Grand Opening will be held on September 9th – so stay tuned to their website that month to watch out for the many specials they will be having. Speaking of specials, OC will be introducing a Cupcake Happy Hour after their Grand Opening which will feature half price cupcakes from 3pm to 4pm on Tuesdays and Wednesday. In addition, they will also have cake truffles for sale every day starting in September. Aside from their website, you can check out Occasionally Cake on Facebook! Become a fan of their page and check back each day to see which flavors they have. Speaking of their flavors, I’ve been really excited to check out the shop since they opened last month, so this past weekend I headed down to Alexandria and picked up some cupcakes! I snagged 4 – Peanut Butter Cup, Raspberry Lemonade, Carrot Cake, and Neapolitan. I dug into the Raspberry Lemonade first. The Lemon Cake had a very light flavor which paired really well with the sweet Raspberry Buttercream. Usually my teeth are very sensitive to sweet buttercream, but this didn’t hurt them one bit! I really liked this one. Next up was the Peanut Butter Cup (one of my favorite flavors to get anywhere I go). I love how the Chocolate Cake was dipped in Chocolate Ganache, it gave the cupcake a little something extra. The chocolate flavor was right on point – not too rich, which is good when you have such a strong frosting like Peanut Butter atop the cupcake. The cake was light and moist and the frosting was just the right texture – not too thick, and it didn’t taste like someone just gobbed peanut butter on top (I have come across that before!) This one was definitely my favorite of the bunch. Next I tried the Carrot Cake Cupcake. I think the cake had too much going on for my taste buds – lots of carrots, raisins, and coconut mixed in – and it doesn’t help that I’m not a big coconut fan in general. I am a really big fan of spices – nutmeg, cinnamon, etc., and I definitely could have used a little more of that! The last flavor which I was really excited to try was the Neopolitan. OC does their Neapolitan different than how you normally see it (with the split cake). This cake was a light, sweet Vanilla Truffle Cake, dipped in Ganache (again, good touch!) and a strong (but in a good way) Strawberry Buttercream on top. This is definitely one I would have again. One thing I didn’t get to try that I’ll have to in the future (as if I needed any more calories after consuming 4 cupcakes!) was their sugar cookies. I’m a sucker for a good frosted sugar cookie, and I hear OC’s are very good. Occasionally Cake is located at 8859 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA. Their phone number is 703-780-CAKE (2253). Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM until 7 PM; they’re closed Sunday and Monday. Now go check them out!!
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