I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I don't understand the cupcake trend. Trust me, I love cupcakes as much as the next guy. But their explosion into the DC food scene has been nothing short of inexplicable to me, especially given how the majority of the surge has sprouted as standalone boutique shops specializing in cupcakes not full bakeries. I just don't understand the hullabaloo (though I will admit that relationship-me appreciated the ease these shops gave me in picking up the occasional lone treat for my cupcake-loving now-ex).
All the same, I still like cupcakes, so despite my bewilderment, when Curbside Cupcakes was outside Farragut Square, I decided to forgo a real lunch in favor of some cupcakes at noon. The third installment of our Food Truck frenzy (after Fojol Bros and Sauca, respectively), Curbside Cupcakes is a food truck just as elusive if not more so than the other two, mostly because it seems to never spend more than 45 minutes in any given spot.
Serving a rotating menu of cupcakes (there were 5 when I went), like all the other food trucks, Curbside announces its arrival via Twitter. In this instance, I got myself a Red Velvet, and a Vanilla Mocha. How were they? Well my main dislike of the cupcake trend as it's manifested in DC is the overuse of icing; I understand you want to make it look pretty and people love icing, but my sweet tooth isn't as overdeveloped as others. By that metric, I'm not that into most DC cupcakes, but these as well. The Vanilla Mocha was disappointing in the sense that I didn't know it wasn't a vanilla mocha cupcake, but rather a vanilla cupcake with a mocha frosting. The red velvet was much better in the expectations vs. reality regard. I will say that both cupcakes were both pretty moist considering they were served out of the back of a truck, but certainly weren't the best cupcakes I've had in DC. All in all, satisfactory cupcakes in a more convenient than normal format.
Taste Test: 2 Forks (out of 5)
Perfect for: The lazy cupcake fiend, a mid-day meal's dessert, sucking up to your boss (unless your boss doesn't like cupcakes like mine, haha)