Washington, D.C.’s recent cupcake boom has caused boutique cupcake shops to pop up in nearly every neighborhood, and some have even grown into local chains. With all the cake, frosting and toppings choices, it’s difficult to decide where to start. Luckily, no matter which neighborhood you’re in, the best cupcakes in Washington, D.C., are never far. – Allie Moore

Hello Cupcake

1361 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 861-2253

Fifty flavors and cupcake decorating classes make this Dupont Circle sweet spot stand out from its competitors since the cupcake boom hit the nation’s capital. Seasonal treats, such as Election Cupcakes and Purple Ribbon Cupcake, bring awareness to local issues while satisfying the collective sweet tooth of D.C. residents.

Georgetown Cupcake

3301 M St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 333-8448

Since becoming the first gourmet cupcake shop in D.C. in 2008, Georgetown Cupcake has become the destination for tourists and residents alike who are looking for the best cupcakes in D.C. After spawning a television series on TLC called “DC Cupcake,” the sister owners have enjoyed line-around-the-corner success. Daily specials on favorites such as Honey Banana, Toffee Crunch and Salted Caramel keep cravers coming back for more.

Red Velvet Cupcakery

501 7th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 347-7895

Cupcakes like the “Key West,” made with key lime cake and Swiss white chocolate buttercream frosting, and “Summertime,” lemon cake topped with whipped cream cheese frosting and shredded coconut, set this boutique cupcakery apart from its D.C. competitors. Situated in the crowd-active Penn Quarter, Red Velvet Cupcakery whips up their delicacies with one of the finest chocolates in the world (Valrhona), authentic European butter and 24-karat gold leaf decorating each devil’s food cupcake.

Baked & Wired

1052 Thomas Jefferson St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 333-2500

Off the main strip of Georgetown’s shops and eateries lies a hidden hub of sweets, home to some of the best cupcakes in Washington, D.C. Baked & Wired, with a pink bicycle constantly parked out front, wraps their cupcakes in wax paper, ensuring an ultimately moist cake. Treat yourself to other snacks such as cookies, brownies, pies, muffins and coffee, and congratulate yourself for stepping off the thoroughfare that is M Street.

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