Believe it or not, there are some people who do not like cupcakes. However, many of those people grew up attending birthday parties with the little cakes made with sickening sweet, grocery store “butter cream” frosting. If you consider yourself in this camp, you’ll be surprised to learn that the cupcake has evolved big time! And we think you owe it to yourself to do some “research” before your kiddo’s next big bash. To help you with that task, we’ve rounded up the best places in town to indulge. Flip through the gallery for the sweet details.

Stuffed Cakes

In a sea of cupcake copycats, Donna Lawson managed to find a niche not yet filled: small cakes stuffed with pineapple curd, caramel sauce, white chocolate ganache, strawberry preserves and pretty much anything else you can imagine would be delicious. Many of the flavors, both classic and stuffed, at the West Seattle shop are available vegan and/or gluten-free. And if you order in advance, they do gorgeous custom wedding and birthday full-size cakes as well.

9003 35th Ave. S.W.
Seattle, Wa 98126

photo: Stuffed Cakes via Instagram

Can anything replace the cupcake in dessert supremacy? Tell us your favorite sweet treat (and where to find it) in the comments below!

— Jeff Totey, Chelsea Lin & Sara Billups