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.

Columbia City Bakery

Come for the cupcake, but don’t leave without a baguette for home—after all, this James Beard Award-winning bakery is easily the best in the city. As the name implies, this neighborhood bakery is a cornerstone of Columbia City, and the prettily decorated cakes and cupcakes are a definite draw. If available, choose the buttermilk cake with seasonal fruit or lemon curd and mascarpone whipped cream.

4865 Rainier Ave. S.
Seattle, Wa 98118

photo: Tia M. 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