Baking in a HomeAway Condo in Washington, D.C. | Cupcake Project

Baking in a HomeAway Condo in Washington, D.C.

Just before Thanksgiving, my family and I headed to Washington, D.C. to visit friends and family.  We rented a HomeAway condo (the link there is to the British site, but there is also a U.S. site that you can use) with four bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a fantastic kitchen with Viking appliances. Jonathan laments daily that we don’t have a gas stove, so he was in guy-gadget love with the place from the moment we walked in and saw the Viking range.


Clearly, the little girl, Elsie, is showing everyone
her favorite cupcakes on Cupcake Project.

I love staying in HomeAway vacation rentals because when I do, I don’t feel like a tourist.  Rather, I get a chance to live, shop, and bake like a local.  One of the biggest benefits of vacation rentals is the communal living space.  Hotel lobbies can be nice, but they are never the same as a living room.  In the photo above, my son, Myles, and my friend’s daughter, Elsie, are playing in the condo’s living room with my amazing mom who drove in from NY to babysit so we could go out at night.  Mom’s the best!

Because my mom babysat, Jonathan and I were able to enjoy an incredible meal at Founding Farmers with our friends and family from the D.C. area.  Founding Farmers is owned by a collective of American family farmers – and those farmers sure know how to cook.  The maple-glazed cedar plank salmon, the bacon-wrapped dates, and the hot beignets with caramel dipping sauce were all stellar.  We also got a chance to meet up with Rachel, the blogger behind Coconut and Lime and the author of several cookbooks.  I have corresponded with Rachel online for years and it was a joy to finally put a face to the writing and to meet her hubby!

I made these lemon ice box pie cupcakes
during my HomeAway stay in Charleston, SC.

During my visit to Washington, D.C., I wanted to use local ingredients and come up with a regionally-inspired cupcake – as I had done during our HomeAway stay in Charleston, SC.  In Charleston, I had lots of Southern cakes and ingredients to select from.  Washington, D.C. proved to be more than a bit harder.  I asked every local that I encountered about what food, drink, or dessert was unique to D.C. and no one had an answer.  I even put out a call on Cupcake Project’s Facebook page seeking ideas; check them out and you’ll see that most people suggested patriotic or red, white, and blue cupcakes – not cupcakes using specific local flavors.  D.C. did not make my job easy.

Our friends Elizabeth and David not only helped me come up with the
cupcake idea, but they also helped with the shopping and baking.

After much thought, a visit to the Dupont Circle farmers’ market (an easy walk from our condo), and an inspired idea by Elizabeth (the girlfriend of one of my husband’s oldest friends), I decided to go with a cupcake that provided some snarky political commentary.  Mixing politics and cupcakes can be dangerous, but I think you’ll be with me on this one.

I’ll be posting about the cupcakes soon. First, here are some photos Jonathan took of our trip to the farmers’ market.  Some of the items featured ended up in the cupcakes and some didn’t.  Feel free to guess which ones I used!

This is Russian red kale.
It’s sweeter and less bitter than other varieties of kale that I’ve tried.
Turkey, anyone?
The most beautiful Brussels sprouts that I’ve ever seen.
The sign in the photo says it all.
This vendor from Blue Ridge Diary Company was selling Greek yogurt and butter.

Spring Valley Farm and Orchard had gorgeous produce and honey.

How cool is this variety of cauliflower?  It’s called Romanescu.

Check back soon to see what I ended up baking!

 Full disclosure:  My condo in D.C. was subsidized by HomeAway U.K.. in exchange for writing this series of posts.  I thank them immensely for the opportunity.  They are a wonderful company to work with.

Did you love this post?
Share It
Get Free Updates

12 Responses to Baking in a HomeAway Condo in Washington, D.C.

  1. Nekomimi December 1, 2011 at 6:14 am #

    So awesome. I love the foodie pics of the market (I’ve never seen cauliflower like that).
    We went to D.C. for Thanksgiving too (well close to it ^_^). Who knows, maybe we ran into each other, did you happen to go to the fish market at the warf?

    Great post ^_^

  2. Cupcake and talk December 1, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    I love the photos of your time in D.C. Don’t you just love all the great homemade items and fresh produce found at the farmers market. I just love it.

  3. Stef December 12, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

    Nekomimi – Nope. I’ll have to catch the fish market next time.

  4. thailand real estate February 14, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    I love how you maximize your space for baking. I would like to accomplish the same with my condo unit. It all starts with the baking sets I guess.

  5. Apartment in pattaya February 20, 2012 at 11:49 pm #

    That looks delicious. It is always great to try out cooking something different whenever you are on a vacation and you can make use of whatever ingredients are available in their local market.

  6. Haidie de Castro February 27, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    This is a great blog. We also try this one in our condo unit in Makati. It is well comfortable doing this in your own home. Thanks for sharing this.

    • The Nautical Condos March 14, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

      I completely agree with your article. It’s possible to know about it and it will snow me good ways of this topic. This is very nice post! I will bookmark this blog.

  7. Schools in Singapore September 27, 2013 at 8:41 am #

    I do not drop a comment, however after browsing a great deal of responses
    on Baking in a HomeAway Condo in Washington, D.C. | Cupcake Project.
    I actually do have a couple of questions for you if it’s okay.
    Could it be simply me or do some of the comments look like they are left by brain
    dead people? :-P And, if you are posting on additional social sites,
    I’d like to keep up with you. Could you list of
    the complete urls of all your social networking pages
    like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin
    profile?

  8. The Hillford Condo Launch Jalan Jurong Kechil October 10, 2013 at 5:53 am #

    The cupcake looks really delicious. Most cupcakes although taste good but does not look really nice. This one has the looks!

  9. savita June 25, 2014 at 5:03 am #

    You completed certain reliable points there. I did a search on the subject and found nearly all persons will agree with your blog.

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Cupcakes are Vegetables? Congress Says Yes | Cupcake Project - April 20, 2013

    [...] my recent stay at a HomeAway condo in Washington, D.C., I wanted to create a Washington, D.C. inspired cupcake.  I asked every local I encountered about [...]

  2. Cinnamon Sugar Kale Chips – Easy and Addictive | Cupcake Project - April 20, 2013

    [...] at the Dupont Circle farmers market in Washington, D.C.  (You can read all about the trip in my post about my fun HomeAway stay in D.C.)  If you are using a common variety of kale with a thick stalk, remove the leaves from the stalks [...]

Leave a Reply

Current ye@r *