Cupcake Commuting

Like other cities, the Washington, D.C., area has been seized by an obsession with cupcakes. That suits me perfectly because I love sweets. A few months ago, my friend and I rode to lunch in Ye Olde Towne, Alexandria. After our meal, we decided to pop by Lavender Moon Cupcakery and get a treat for the road. Their flourless chocolate cupcakes with sea salt are the best!

Cupcake Goodness. Flourless Chocolate with Sea Salt.
Beautiful Cupcakes

We each ordered two cupcakes to go, went out to our bikes, and packed our cupcakes for the return to Washington, D.C.  Maile packed hers in her handlebar bag, and I packed mine in the Carradice.

Cupcakes stored in the rear Carradice.
Precious Cargo. Cupcakes in the Handlebar Bag.

The ride from Old Town to D.C. is just over seven miles via the Mount Vernon Trail.  It’s a flat trip, but apparently has more bumps than I realized.  When I got home and unpacked, I found my cupcakes in a markedly different state than when they left Lavender Moon Cupcakery.

My Cupcake Commuting Technique Still Needs Work

I thought I rode with care, but the cupcakes tell a different story. Or maybe the cupcake to-go box is not bicycle-friendly. I lean toward the latter. I’m not sure what I can do to fix the cupcake commuting quandary so if you have any ideas or success stories, please let me know. And if you have any other good cupcake places to recommend with a more bike-friendly to-go system, I’d love to hear about them!

Fortunately, there was no crying over spilled cupcakes.  These little guys may have lost some of their aesthetic appeal in transit, but they were still quite edible and delicious. I just had to use a spoon. What a relief!


  1. Too bad you ate them — I would have been willing to test them in my “forensics lab” to determine exactly what went wrong! My guess is that the icing could not hold its form because it’s mostly butter. However, I will need to duplicate your trip to find out whether I’m right.


  2. It looks like falling over and banging around did the most damage. How about a piece of foam with cupcake-sized holes cut in it (like a muffin tin)? The foam would cushion the bumps AND hold the cupcakes in place. It should even be light!


  3. I wonder if those beverage holders that you get from Starbucks or DD would work? You could put a cupcake in each spot, and hopefully would keep them from rolling around. I think this demands immediate study!


  4. You need this:

    Also, brand new cupcake place at Lake Anne Village Center in Reston. Which is amazingly just a mile from me and the W & OD.

    Hint, hint.


  5. Thanks, everyone for your comments and suggestions. Based on your thoughts, I am going to commit to further study. I will keep you apprised of my research as well as my findings!


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