Award-winning vegan dessert sweetens up DC

Columbia Heights is home to Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats, an all-vegan bakery that just so happens to be a two-time winner of the show Cupcake Wars, providing sweet and chic pastries that everyone can enjoy, including your furry, four-legged friends.  

It is a small bakery that offers a variety of pastries, coffee, dog treats, and even a weekend brunch menu. Their cupcake flavors range from cookies ‘n cake to wheat-free mint. Every month they have a different charity you can donate to by buying their signature almond creme cupcake.

The owner of Sticky Fingers, Doron Petersan, started her culinary journey in 1999 in her own kitchen. She had help from Kirsten Rosenberg, who was a co-owner until she left to pursue music and became a part of a band known as The Iron Maidens.

Petersan settled in D.C. and opened Sticky Fingers in 2002. Ever since, she has won various awards, made several television appearances and published her own cookbook in 2012. She is most recognized by her three appearances on Cupcake Wars and two wins.

Their vegan products are a unique addition to the area’s multi-ethnic restaurants and diverse community. It is a perfect place to get dessert after eating at restaurants like Z Burger, Letena and Pho 14, which are all at a five-minute walking distance.

The bakery has an eating area with hot pink, diner-like chairs that give off a comforting ambiance. That same color of pink is used to accessorize the store’s interior. It is a clean and quiet space to sit and chat. Its exterior does not reflect the good quality and environment inside the bakery, as it is not unusual to see people sleeping outside of the storefront.  

Customer service is very kind and professional. They allow you to take the time you need to choose your perfect vegan sweet and gladly answer any questions you have. They radiate friendliness even more as they have a quote on their gender-neutral bathrooms that says “diverse, inclusive, accepting, welcoming, safe space, for everyone.”

If you are planning to visit, you can pay meter parking in front of the surrounding buildings or park in the underground garage across the street. The nearest metro station is Columbia Heights, only one block away.

Although their cupcakes contain no animal products, they taste just as great as a regular cupcake. Do not be fooled by the name, napkins are available to avoid any mess. You can find Sticky Fingers at 1370 Park Rd NW Washington, DC.