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.

Sugar Factory

Sugar Factory is a candy store/bakery/restaurant with locations in some of the world’s most prestigious cosmopolitan cities like New York, Bahrain and Dubai. Lucky for us, one has just opened at The Shops at The Bravern. While you’ll find gourmet cupcakes here, like the Cotton Candy Cupcake, don’t limit yourself. This place is a foodie and sweet tooth’s paradise. The candy store features every type of sweet treat you can think of while the food magic happens in the restaurant that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The dessert menu features all kinds of cakes and desserts not to be missed, and mom and dads might want to check out the Chocolate Lounge on their next date night. To learn more about the new opening, click here.

11111 NE 8th St.
Bellevue, WA 98004

photo: Sugar Factory

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