Sunday, February 14, 2010

Cupid Has Class

Hello Cupcake in DC's Dupont Circle holds a special place in my heart. As one of the first cupcakeries I ever visited and reviewed for the blog, I credit them as being the shop that started it all for me. Many national and global cupcake shops later, I think they still have some of the best seasonal flavors in town and always recommend them to cupcake fans that are in it for the frosting--these people seriously know how to pile it on. Mmmm.

So you can imagine how excited I was after the tipoff from great fellow DC blogger Modern Domestic about Hello Cupcake's new calendar of decorating classes. And--bonus--the fact that the kickoff class was a Valentine's Day theme solved my dilemma of what heart shaped, chocolate, something-or-other to bake for the big V-Day.

What did I love about this class? EVERYTHING. Small class size, a recipe to take home, hands-on but friendly instruction and (did I mention?) the enrollment fee includes a dozen cupcakes! And if you're worried about your technique, Hello Cupcake graciously allows you to supplement your dozen with choices from the case if you're not happy with your own creations. I was also thrilled to kill two of my "foodie resolutions" with one stone: taking a decorating class and experimenting with fondant.

First we rolled out adorable lovey dovey shapes from our fondant.

Ganache dipping technique. Can I just eat this?

I definitely recommend this class for any cupcake lovers at any level of decorating skill. The class is fun, inviting, delicious, and the skills I learned are absolutely ones that I will be able to recreate at home. Unfortunately most of the upcoming classes are filled but there are still spaces available for the Mother's Day class in May.

If you go
Hello Cupcake
1361 Connecticut Ave
Washington, DC 20036

Now open 7 days a week!
Mon-Thurs 10-7
Fri-Sat 10-9
Sun 11-6


  1. Those cupcakes look gorgeous. You should arrange a class to teach us and decorate for St. Patricks Day! =D

    I usually don't like working with fondant because of the flavor, however I've heard that the Chocolate and also the Marshmallow fondant taste delicious. What's your take on that?

  2. This looks like so much fun! And your cupcakes are amazing, bien sur :-)

  3. @helenahimm Great idea! :) I am also possibly planning a Cupcake Wars tasting contest for this summer...stay tuned

    @Tanya T'es trop sympa! But thank you, and you have lots of tasting to make up for!