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.

Trophy Cupcakes and Party

Cupcakery (and party favor purveyor) Trophy Cupcakes has grown substantially since it opened shop in Wallingford back in 2007. With additional locations now in Wallingford Center, U-Village, downtown Seattle, Pacific Place Mall and The Bravern in Bellevue, Trophy’s cupcakes take us back to being kids with their vintage toppers and dusting of rainbow sprinkles. At Trophy, you’ll always find a new flavor-of-the-month cupcake. For an example, in September it’s the Bananas Foster made with organic banana cake filled with spiced rum brown sugar carmel and topped with a mound of toasted marshmallow merigue.

Online: trophycupcakes.com

photo: Trophy Cupcakes

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