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If you want vegan cupcakes in Washington, D.C., you need to go to Sticky Fingers Bakery. Do the same if you want amazing award winning vegan grilled cheese sandwiches (VegNews 7 Best Sandwiches), vegan chilli cheese hot dogs, convincing vegan wings, tons of sandwiches and sweets, and of course, their signature sticky cinnamon buns.
Sticky Fingers is right near the Columbia Heights metro stop and in a newly booming area of the city. The shop itself has a cute, retro 50s style and is always packed with people reading, working on their computers, and socializing. They're rebranding their name to Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats, which is fine with me.
You might have heard of Sticky Fingers Bakery through Cupcake Wars on The Food Network. Doron Petersan entered the challenge and made us all proud by sweeping the competition and beating all the egg, milk, and butter cupcakes baked by her competitors.
On the show that aired in March 2011, Doron made four decadent vegan cupcakes, an orange cupcake with blueberry filling and raspberry frosting, a chocolate bourbon with salted caramel and vanilla frosting, a black cocoa cupcake with chocolate frosting and chocolate covered cashews, and a brown sugar cupcake with rum frosting and vegan brittle. With those inspired cupcakes, Sticky Fingers Bakery was the first vegan bakery to win the entire competition.
Later Doron returned to The Food Network for a Cupcake Wars Champions competition, but didn't come in first place.
If you're dying to get your hands on some of the recipes, you should check out their Sticky Fingers' Sweets: 100 Super-Secret Vegan Recipes cookbook on Amazon.
When we got engaged, one of the non-negotiables was that the catering had to be vegan and absolutely delicious, and that we had to have Sticky Fingers make our cake. Tasting food and cake was by far the best part of planning our wedding. We met with Kamber Sherrod, who is completely sweet and helpful, and we did the standard trial of several different flavors of cupcakes. I also brought in a picture for her of a cake I wanted to replicate, complete with hundreds of different color sugar flowers.
The finished cake was gorgeous and a huge hit at the wedding. People talked about it for months afterwards, and we got tons of comments like, "I don't usually like wedding cake, but yours was delicious," and "That was vegan cake? But it was so moist and flavorful!" Needless to say, there wasn't any leftover.