Any worthwhile fieldtrip includes worthwhile food. Take a break in Washington D.C. and escape to a different type of gallery - one featuring freshly baked sweets. The names - Cake Love and Love Cafe - tell part of the story.The Story of Cake Love
Cake Love is Warren Brown's passion. After earning a law degree, he worked as an attorney for the federal goverment. Warren found himself wanting to bake cakes more than practice law, realizing that creating beautiful baked goods was his true passion. He began working on his idea in 2000 and opened Cake Love in March 2002.
Warren Brown's dream is an every day reality with a busy bakery and newly opened cafe, Love Cafe, across the street. Both feature homemade treats with classic (chocolate, vanilla) and innovative (sweet corn!) flavors.
Cake Love and Love Cafe aren't only focused on serving delicious food. They're also about sharing ideas and inspiring their customers. On Wednesday nights from 5-7, Warren prepares his famous Chocolate Lava Cakes during "Chocolate Happy Hour" (happy, indeed!!!!!) Other special features include cheesecake night on Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m., the only time you can get cheesecake from Cake Love, accompanied by flavorful toppings.
What to Order
Cakes, cupcakes, cookies, eclairs and so much more! It is difficult to decide. These are the items we (three tasters) tried:
1. A slice of "My Downfall" cake - dark chocolate cake, layers of vanilla buttercream, and iced with chocolate ganache. All three tasters enjoyed this cake. One even picked it as the favorite of all five items.
2. Vanilla cupcake with amaretto frosting. The frosting was buttery and delicately flavored - a real winner. Unfortunately, the cake itself was dry.
3. Chocolate "Venus Bar" - dark chocolate cake topped with French buttercream, chocolate ganache, and chocolate meringues. This was another top favorite, picked #1 by the other two tasters. (Note: the description on the web site indicates "crispy chocolate wafer cake", but our piece was not crispy.)
4. Coconut pineapple "Crunchy Feet" - mini coconut pina colada poundcake baked in small brioche pans. This is a great little morsel. It was as described - rich and buttery like a poundcake, but crispy on the edges and very flavorful. We'd love to try the other flavors.
5. Honey Sage "Buzz Ball" - cream puff with specialty filling. The "puff" itself was not fantastic, perhaps it would have been better when very fresh (we ate ours around 5 p.m.), but the honey sage filling was very interesting. Again, this treat comes in many variations. Mango sounded especially tempting.
Overall, the baked goods were very high quality without being overly fancy and pretentious. You're sure to find a favorite among the myriad of options.
How to Get There, Where to Park, Etc.
Cake Love and Love Cafe are located on the 1500 block of U Street in Washington, D.C. They are directly across the street from each other at 1506 and 1501. The closest Metro Stop is U Street (green line), about 2 blocks away.
Cake Love hours are M-F 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Love Cafe hours are M-Th 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Cake Love web site has even more information.