Hello Cupcake Opens

Cupcakes await the first customers at Hello Cupcake

For a sweet spot in this final week of August, head to Hello Cupcake, which opens at 10 a.m. today at 1351 Connecticut Ave. NW.

I had the chance to sample a few flavors with owner Penny Karas. The fluffy icing on the peanut butter blossom (above) is seriously addictive, and the seasonal root beer flavor is a delightful surprise with spicy root beer cake topped with vanilla cream cheese frosting. I'm going for a Velvet Elvis, banana cake with peanut butter frosting, next.

There are gluten-free and vegan options on the menu, as well. Check out all the flavors here.

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