Buttercream bliss

Cupcakes, Sugar Pie Bake Shoppe

Illustration by Sarah Hansel

The cupcake craze may have waned, but cupcakes will never disappear. They’re such perfect packages of fun. Jolanda Ahmann turns out gorgeous and delicious versions at Sugar Pie Bake Shoppe. The baker coaxes butter and sugar into ethereal cakes with myriad flavor combinations ($3 each, $28 for a dozen). Her Sea Salted Caramel tops a light cupcake with clouds of buttercream and just the right amount of salt. 916-529-2416; www.sugarpiebakeshoppe.com.