PHOTOS: DC Cupcake Contest

Washingtonians showed that they are what they bake with entries to Dupont Circle bakery Hello Cupcake's "Design Your D.C." cupcake challenge. The amateur cake decorators crafted D.C.-inspired cupcakes that reflected their love for the city, and the panel of judges chose winners for: most creative use of fondant; most likely to be eaten; best use of theme and best-designed political statement. On June 5, the grand prize winner with the best overall cupcake design went home with a KitchenAid Stand Mixer, while subcategory winners walked away with KitchenAid Hand Mixers. To further sweeten the deal, KitchenAid sponsored a second competition in the democratic tradition from June 7 to June 11, in which seven finalists battled it out to become the fan favorite.

See all the entries below, and read more from one of the winners and from one of the judges.

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