Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Hello Cupcake

Using highest quality, fresh, seasonal and local ingredients, Hello Cupcake creates distinctive treats that are über popular.  With over 50 flavors ranging from the simple to the sublime, along with seasonal and holiday selections, take home a box of these little gems any day.  Hello Cupcake has two locations in the district - Dupont Circle and Capitol Hill (Barracks Row).

I have been to this local cupcake shop before - once in 2010 when Keith and I were shopping for our wedding cupcakes and a second time in 2011 to pick up a dozen cupcakes that I purchased in support of a charity fundraiser.  We did not pick them for our wedding because I really wanted red velvet - and Hello Cupcake simply does not do red velvet.  The dozen that I picked up last year I shared with my parents, and remember that all the flavors were a big hit especially Gianduja - the hazelnut chocolate cake topped with hazelnut chocolate ganache and caramelized hazelnut crunch.  My favorites were 24 Carrot and surprisingly You Tart - a delightful lemon cake with lemon cream cheese frosting.  At $3.25 per cupcake, the price is average compared to other cupcakeries (Crumbs = $4.50 each whereas Georgetown Cupcakes = $2.75 each), yet the presentation and flavors are above the bar.  Customization for private events is available, as well as vegan and gluten-free options.  Check out their cupcake decorating classes too.

I was lucky to be able to sample Hello Cupcake again this Valentine's Day and received a half dozen of their cupcakes, including the special Chocolate Covered Strawberry cupcake.  So pretty and perfect for Valentine's Day!  The strawberry cake itself was a pretty pink color and moist with subtle fruit flavor.  The chocolate ganache top was a little crunchy - perhaps from sitting out all day.  I also picked out a couple of my favorites and a Peanut Butter Blossom for Keith.

24 Carrot, Peanut Butter Blossom, You Tart

Overall, Hello Cupcake has some of the better cupcakes in the area. Between them and The Sweet Lobby being in my neighborhood - Hello Cupcake is one of my go-to shops for these delicious sweet treats.

Total Rating: 3.95
Food: 4, Price: 4, Service: 4, Ambience: 3, Accessibility: 5

What I ate:
24 Carrot
veggie and walnut loaded carrot cake

You Tart
 lemon cake with lemon cream cheese frosting

Chocolate Covered Strawberry
strawberry cake dipped in chocolate ganache, 
topped with cream cheese frosting and a fresh chocolate drizzled strawberry

Plus Keith ate:
 hazelnut chocolate cake topped with hazelnut chocolate ganache
 and caramelized hazelnut crunch

Peanut Butter Blossom
chocolate cake topped with peanut butter frosting and a chocolate kiss

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