Monday, April 13, 2009

Hello Cupcake

Hello Cupcake, goodbye DC! On our final day in the nation's capital we took a stroll through Dupont Circle, where we happened upon this Connecticut Avenue purveyor of gourmet cupcakes made fresh throughout the day. Despite a cupcake breakfast at Baked & Wired, we couldn't resist bidding our trip adieu with one last treat.

Coconut Cupcake 2
Triple Coconut Cupcake - coconut cake, coconut cream cheese frosting and crunchy toasted coconut frosting: $3

When Hello Cupcake owner Penny Karas says coconut x 3 she means it, and I embraced the authenticity of this little number, complete with coconut flakes baked into the cake itself. Karas clearly focuses on creating high-quality baked goods from the inside out, beginning with ingredients like Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla and fresh eggs--and not a trace of trans fat. Frosting means real butter and real cream cheese. Only then does she focus on the "finishing touches" as she refers to them in the anatomy of a Hello Cupake: the sprinkles and sweets that trim her cupcakes, rather than comprise them. The result is a selection of more than 50 unique flavors, each created with the knowledge that a pretty exterior is great, but it's what's inside that counts.

- K

Hello Cupcake
1351 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036

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