Danielle’s Desserts (2001 international Drive McLean, VA 22102)
Flavors: Caramel, Double Chocolate, Red Velvet, Coconut, Sour Cream Banana Walnut, and Strawberries-n-Cream
Cost: $3.25 each
Score: 4.5

Recently, I was contacted by the team for Danielle’s Desserts on doing a review for their cupcakes. I was thrilled because I’ve been following Danielle’s Desserts on Twitter for sometime and assumed she focused more on elaborate desserts, and not cupcakes. Within days I had a box of six cupcake faces smiling at me! My box contained flavors ranging from fruity, salty-sweet, and traditional.

For $3.25 each, these cupcakes were a healthy size. Although I didn’t have to travel to their location in Tysons Galleria, I do know that their location is metro accessible by train and bus but driving there would probably ideal. Also, for those who do drive there, expect valet parking service which is sweet!

Each cupcake had a silky smooth texture and flavor. The frosting was a bit sweet but overall an absolute treat. Check out my breakdown for each flavor:

The caramel cupcake was moist, very flavorful, a bit sweet but the heath candy bits were a nice addition. The cake seemed larger than the others and reminded me of Baked & Wired’s cupcakes for two. The mix of salty-sweet was great, I just wish that they would have been less sweet.

The coconut cupcake we essentially perfect! The cakes texture was unusually delicate while the frosting strayed away from traditional super-coconut flavor and immediate sweet-ness. It was well planned, took it’s time and delivered!

Red Velvet 
It’s never a secret that the Critic doesn’t care for red velvet anything! *cue childhood memories* But on the chance that I am forced to review a red velvet cupcake, it’s really saying something if I can enjoy it- and I did. There was a balance of sweetness with the flavorful cake which didn’t rely on the over usage of cocoa powder. The color was perfect and the texture moist without overkill (slow down on the palm kernel oil, folks!).

Sour cream Banana Walnut
My initial thought was, “I like banana but in a cupcake? What a funny name…” This cupcake reminded more of a sweet muffin as the cake was nice banana (with real banana) while the frosting was delicate, it was really there to decipher this cupcake from a muffin. In essence, it wasn’t bad (I wouldn’t kick it out of bed) but compared to its siblings, it wasn’t that great either.

This was my first cupcake in the bunch. It was love at first sight! The vanilla cupcake was delicate and topped with an even more delicate cream frosting with perfectly sliced strawberries adorning it. All of the components came together beautifully and it was my favorite out of the entire batch.

Double Chocolate
Chocolate, chocolate and this cupcake delivered on the promise! Although it is a double chocolate cupcake, both the frosting and the cake could their own or do the tango in tandem. I could taste the coffee (used as a softener) but it was perfect and gave that excellent punch that good chocolate (cup)cake needs.

Overall Danielle’s Desserts are a treat that shouldn’t be overlooked, especially for my Virginia Cupcake Lovers!