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with so many cupcakes stores opening up in s.f. i'm overwhelmed. what's your favourite? going to order a couple of dozen for friend's birthday and want a nice selection.

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  1. I have to say Kara's. They're moist and lots of variety. But they're the most expensive of all the ones around.

    http://singleguychef.blogspot.com/200...

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    1. re: singleguychef

      Thank you - i was thinking that was probably my best bet.

      1. re: singleguychef

        I'd agree with this, or mini cupcakes from Delessio's. There are many detailed and recent cupcake threads to be found here.

        1. re: Atomica

          I love Delessio's, but somehow the mini cupcakes are always dry They're amazing looking, but the taste never measures up.

          I just had a fleur de sel from Kara's the other day, and it was amazing. The frosting, especially, was the smoothest silkiest ganache I've ever tasted.

          Photos to help convince you:
          http://www.chezpei.com/2008/03/karas-...

          I have only been to the Kara's on Ghiardelli Square, but my friend suggested the Chestnut one does a better job. She didn't elaborate as to why.

          1. re: Pei

            Many of the Delessio's flavors have measured up really well for me. I still remember getting a hazelnut one from the Faletti's location -- not a flavor I would normally ever choose, but they had been picked clean that day. I was actually pretty bowled over by how good it was.

            I'll reserve judgment on srr's Noe Valley Bakery suggestion since I haven't had their cupcakes, but I think their stuff is really mediocre in general (their brownies are really good, however).

      2. Everyone will probably say Kara's, but I think there is way too much frosting. I like the ratio of cake to frosting a little less. I got some from Noe Valley Bakery that were just right for my husband's birthday. The carrot ones were especially delicious. There were also chocolate ones that look like ding-dongs that were really good.