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.

Dahlia Bakery

Dahlia Bakery may be best known as the Tom Douglas joint that sells triple coconut cream pie adored by President Obama, but the walk-in Belltown bakery makes fresh batches of luxe chocolate and non-chocolate (red velvet, walnut with brown butter cream cheese frosting) cupcakes on the daily. The cakelets come in mini and regular sizes—until they sell out, that is.

2001 4th Ave.
Seattle, Wa 98121

photo: Ana G. via Yelp

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