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Published: Thursday, October 13, 2011, 1:10 p.m.

Crazy for cupcakes?

  • Frosting shots are available at some cupcake shops, including PinkaBella Cupcakes at Alderwood Mall. I had the mint shot. It was awesome -- definitely...

    Sarah Jackson / The Herald

    Frosting shots are available at some cupcake shops, including PinkaBella Cupcakes at Alderwood Mall. I had the mint shot. It was awesome -- definitely worth every sugary calorie.

  • Bite Me Cupcakes & Eatery of downtown Snohomish recently offered candy corn (clockwise from top), carrot cake, chocolate coconut and red velvet cupcak...

    Bite Me Cupcakes & Eatery of downtown Snohomish recently offered candy corn (clockwise from top), carrot cake, chocolate coconut and red velvet cupcakes.

  • Simply Sweet Cupcakes' flavors include (clockwise, starting from the upper left) cookies and cream, pink champagne with pearls, mint chocolate, coconu...

    Sarah Jackson / The Herald

    Simply Sweet Cupcakes' flavors include (clockwise, starting from the upper left) cookies and cream, pink champagne with pearls, mint chocolate, coconut chocolate, pumpkin spice and vanilla with raspberry frosting.

Are we cupcake crazy?

It would seem so.

Snohomish County, in recent years, has become cupcake central with cupcake-centric bakeries popping up all over the area, not just at shopping malls such as Alderwood (Pinkabella), but also at farmers markets (CupcakeLov) and on many Main Streets (Stanwood Cupcakes).

Historic downtown Snohomish is now home to two shops within 50 paces of each other on First Street, Simply Sweet Cupcakes and Bite Me Cupcakes & Eatery.

And that's not all.

Simply Sweet recently opened a second location at Snohomish Station on Bickford Avenue next to another hot spot for treats, Udderly Sweet Frozen Yogurt.

In November, Bite Me will expand its reach with a cupcake bus, a Bite Me Mobile, offering sales and deliveries in Snohomish and King counties.

Yay.

Just imagine having cupcakes delivered to your office this winter.

Wow.

How did this trend get started?

Last year, CNN traced the hullabaloo back to the year 2000, when "Sex and the City" popularized New York's Magnolia Bakery and its sugary treats.

But how do our local cupcakes measure up?

Our dining review panel indulged recently to compare the two Snohomish shops' treats.

Check out the results here.

Where's your favorite local cupcake shop?

And what is your favorite flavor?

Comment below!
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