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.

The Yellow Leaf Cupcake Co.

Budding little chefs should pay a visit to Belltown’s Yellow Leaf Cupcake Co. Inspiring flavors like Sweet Potato and Brown Sugar and Coconut Lime come topped with airy whipped frosting, but the cupcakery is probably best known for its Pancakes 'n' Bacon, kissed with melt-in-your-mouth bacon brittle. Flavors change regularly, but you can usually count on finding Belgian Chocolate, Classic Red Velvet and Simply Vanilla any time you come in.

2209 4th Ave.
Seattle, Wa 98121

photo: Maisha R. 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