Here are some of our favorite cupcake bakeries. Some concentrate exclusively on the little cakes; others offer a range of goodies.
Signature: Chocolate chiffon with chocolate glaze and "Citizen" scrolled over the top in white icing. 2 Stockton St. (on third floor of Virgin Megastore); www.citizencupcake.com or 415/399-1565.
Our favorite: Gingerbread cake with cream-cheese frosting. Ferry Building Marketplace on the Embarcadero; www.miettecakes.com or 415/837-0300.
Cupcakes by Heather & Lori
Irresistible: Sweet Sixteen, a vanilla cupcake with pink frosting and pastel sprinkles. 1116 Denman St.; www.cupcakesonline.com or 604/974-1300.
Best update of an old standard: Devil's food cake with white frosting. 2001 Fourth Ave.; www.tomdouglas.com/bakery or 206/441-4540.
Classic: Chocolate buttermilk cake with chocolate ganache frosting. 115 N.W. 22nd Ave.; www.elephantsdeli.com or 503/299-6304.
New: At a shop scheduled to open in April, treats once sold by special order only. 9635 Little Santa Monica Blvd.; www.sprinklescupcakes.com or 310/274-8765.
Joan's on Third
Joan's favorite: Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and chocolate sprinkles. 8350 W. Third St.; www.joansonthird.com or 323/655-2285.
Popular: Red Velvet, a maroon-colored light chocolate cake with cream-cheese frosting. Closed Sun. 2929 N. 24th St.; www.barbsbakery.com or 602/957-4422.