The Bottom Line
- Great selection of flavors
- Great space that makes you feel welcome
- Friendly staff
- Offers a gluten free and vegan cupcake selection
- I like the cupcakes, but $3 still seems a bit steep to me for a single cupcake.
1361 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 861-2253
Nearest Metro Stop: Dupont Circle
Hours: Mon-Thu. 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Fri-Sat. 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sun. 11:00 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Lunch time tends to be busy during the week. Either plan on going right when they open or late afternoon.
There's street parking, but during the week it may be hard to come by. Take Metro or walk if you can.
Guide Review - Hello Cupcake Dupont Circle
Hello Cupcake DC is a must visit for cupcake lovers and first time visitors to Washington, D.C. More than a bakery, the shop offers enough flavors that kids and their parents should have no trouble finding something they will want to try.
Hello Cupcake's Dupont Circle location is a family-friendly cupcakery that offers up cupcakes like mom use to make. While trendy, Hello Cupcake doesn't try to be couture which really distinguishes their cupcakes from other cupcake shops in the area. The staff is friendly and helpful and you don't feel like they are trying to push you out the door to get to the next person in line.
I brought along a tough crowd of taste testers, a three and two-year-old, and you should know kids are brutally honest when it comes to the food they eat. The three-year-old ordered up a "Princess Cupcake" which consists of a vanilla cake topped with a mound of strawberry buttercream frosting and sparkling pink sugar. She loved it and I could see how these would definitely be a hit at a little girl's birthday party.
The two-year-old went with a cookies-n-cream which is just like it sounds, a cupcake made with chunks of chocolate cream cookies, topped with cookies-n-cream frosting and garnished with a miniature chocolate cream cookie. While he admittedly wore quite a bit of the frosting on his face, he was ready for another one after he had gobbled up the first.
When I asked the kids their verdict, "Yummy!" was the unanimous decision.
I tried several myself which included the "You Tart", "Raspberry Beret", and an "HC Original" and brought home a couple more for the kids. "You Tart" was one of my favorite. The lemon cake was perfect, not over the top lemon, and the lemon cream cheese frosting was rich and lovely. I also enjoyed the HC originals which are simple vanilla or chocolate cake topped with either vanilla or chocolate buttercream frosting, and sprinkles. The "Raspberry Beret" pleasantly surprised me with its subtle taste of raspberry buttercream frosting on top of its chocolate cake. My six-year-old laid claim to it though and I had to settle for just a bite.
I'll definitely be going back because I still have to try the "Velvet Elvis", the "tiramisu" and the "dulce de leche", all of which I have been told are excellent, particularly with a cup of coffee. Overall, I think Hello Cupcake serves up a really special treat that both young and old will enjoy, and they have found a unique niche in the world of DC cupcakes.