Monday, April 20, 2009

Cups of Cake

Over the past couple of years, I've come to consider myself somewhat of a cupcake connoisseur. I've totally been into the craze that my cousin likes to say is so passe. But with new shops continuing to pop up across the country, I don't see an end in sight. Cupcakeries are simply ice cream shops for cake lovers. And wouldn't you know it, I happen to love both! I should open up a cupcakery ice cream parlor! Pair your favorite cake, warmed in the oven upon ordering, with a scoop of gourmet ice cream and the frosting of your choice. Wouldn't you just die?!

Well, this weekend I added another tasting to my list. Hello Cupcake in Dupont Circle. And I'm giving it two thumbs up! Moist cake, delicious frosting (not overly cream-cheesy), no lines, plenty of seating, adorable decor, creative cupcake names, and a solid selection. I'll definitely be back.
-Hello Cupcake-
I am loving the pink, although I can definitely see some inspiration coming from Sprinkles in L.A.
-The Peanut Butter Blossom-
I also took home the Vanilla Gorilla (banana cake with vanilla frosting).
-Can't believe I made it home before devouring.-
To date, I've visited five cupcake shops across the country:

1) Magnolia Bakery, New York City
-Enjoying the red velvet in Central Park-
-Waiting in line forever outside Magnolia-
2) Georgetown Cupcake, Washington, D.C.

3) Sprinkles, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles

4) Kara's Cupcakes, Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco
-Enjoying a pumpkin cupcake by the bay-
and 5) Hello Cupcake.

I can't say that I have a favorite, as all have been quite delicious, but Magnolia is probably at the bottom of my list. The cake isn't as moist as I like, and the frosting is a bit too rich for my taste. Still, it's an adorable bakery that I would recommend visiting. I'll just get the banana pudding next time.

Is there a cupcake bakery in your town? I'm anxious to visit Cupcake Island back in Omaha, although reviews haven't been so great. Do you think it's just a fad or are cupcakes sticking around for awhile?

Believe it or not, there are more cupcake bakeries in my area, so I'm not done taste-testing yet!


pinksundrops said...

Ohmigosh! Next time you are in Austin we HAVE to go to Hey Cupcake. And then you can add a picture of a very retro cute little silver bullet trailer with a giant spinning pink cupcake on it to your repertoire (and one extremely good whip creme filled cupcake).

k said...

we should have gotten cupcakes when you were here!

actually, when i was in dc in january, we went to both georgetown cupcake and hello cupcake. we never made it to the one in old town alexandria so you'll have to check that one out and let me know how it is!

my life is brilliant said...

Oh, I LOVE Sprinkles! Red Velvet is my favorite!

Did you know there's one coming to DC soon?!