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.


Anyone avoiding gluten should immediately head to this Capitol Hill shop, where wheat doesn’t even enter the kitchen, so there’s no risk for contamination. The daily filled pastry case has a rotating assortment of muffins, scones, cakes by the slice, brownies, lemon bars, cinnamon rolls, you name it—and always a cupcake option swirled with frosting. Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is a particularly popular choice, though if you don’t order in advance, you’ll have to stick with whatever is baked that day.

518 15th Ave. E.
Seattle, Wa 98112

photo: Nuflours Facebook page

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