Not like Food Network asked. But here it is anyway.
Cake: Caramelita at Les Halles DC (RIP). If anyone knows where the Les Halles pastry chef is now, I’d like to hunt her/him down just for this cake.
Runner-up: White chocolate mousse cake, Watergate Pastry, Foggy Bottom
Chocolate mousse: Patisserie Poupon, Georgetown. Comes in a crunchy chocolate shell.
Cookie: Lemon drop cookie, Praline Bakery, Bethesda, MD. Buttery cookie with tangy icing.
Cupcake: Gianduja, Hello Cupcake, Dupont Circle. At room temperature, the ganache icing eats like a rich pudding. Refrigerated, like a chocolate truffle.
Croissant: Pain au chocolat, Patisserie Poupon, Georgetown. Authentic and baked fresh. No weird aftertaste from the butter/oil from the pastry, as with lesser versions.
Egg tart: Portuguese natas at Nando’s Chicken, Gallery Place/Dupont/etc. The bruleed egg custard is so good.
Frozen yogurt: Green tea, Tangysweet, Dupont Circle/Gallery Place. Hints of honey and lemon set this flavor apart.
Ice cream: Coconut gelato, Boccato Gelato, Arlington, VA. With toasted coconut bits.
Macaroon: Praline Bakery, Bethesda, MD. Generously sized, great selection of flavors.
Mango sticky rice: Kanlaya, Gallery Place. Your fork cuts through the mango like buttah.
Milkshake: Toasted marshmallow, Good Stuff Eatery. The toasted marshmallow flavor permeates the whole shake. Order one more than you think you want. People will become reluctant to share.
Peach cobbler: Teaism (seasonal), Penn Quarter. A flaky, buttery shortbread sits on top of perfectly spiced peaches for just $3.
Pie: Key lime, Ray’s the Steaks, Arlington, VA. Best key lime pie I’ve come across so far.
Runner-up: Chocolate silk, Wildfire (seasonal), McLean, VA. A chocolatey filling in a chocolate cookie crust.