My Cupcake Hero

Last week our devilish intern Adela decided to stop by Miette Pâtisserie on one of her frequent stops at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. She returned to the test kitchen with cupcakes and a brownie, all of which looked delicious, but it was a particular gingerbread cupcake that caught my attention. It was perfectly sweetened, with an edge of bitterness from stout beer and ginger, and balanced by the most deliciously tangy cream cheese frosting I’ve ever had. I’m pretty sure I used the descriptor phenomenal several times. Folks who live outside the Bay Area can call to place a mail order for Miette’s gingerbread cake—same ingredients, just bigger. Writing about it now makes me want to run over there and get another one. Thanks, Adela, for introducing me to one more sugary, fatty food I cannot live without.

Miette Gingerbread Cake, $3 for a cupcake, $22 for a 7-inch cake