There's a reason "cupcake" is used as a term of endearment — cupcakes are the most adorable of all sweets. And Dupont Circle bakery Hello Cupcake has cuteness and sweetness in spades, from the fanciful cupcake names (Raspberry Beret, Velvet Elvis, 24 Carrot) to the rich, boutique-like decor. Owner Penny takes pride in baking everything from scratch with fresh, seasonal ingredients, but while the baking style may be steeped in tradition, these are no ordinary cupcakes. Feeling girly? Try a Princess (vanilla cupcake with strawberry buttercream frosting), then come over to the dark (chocolate) side with Heart of Darkness (devil's food cupcake with chocolate ganache-based frosting and chocolate chip sprinkles). The Candy Cane (vanilla-peppermint cake with peppermint buttercream frosting and a miniature candy cane) is a sweet seasonal indulgence, or for another kind of holiday spirit, try the deliciously booze-soaked Hot Buttered Rum (rum raisin cake and rum frosting topped with rum-soaked raisins). Flavors vary throughout the week, so check the calendar.