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10
Most Popular Cupcake Flavors -- and Why
Cupcakes and Cakes for a New Era Image Gallery
Cupcakes and Cakes for a New Era Image Gallery

Your tastes have gotten more sophisticated over the years -- and so have the flavors of your favorite bakery treat. See more pictures of cupcakes and cakes.

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It's pretty safe to assume that if you're reading this article, you're a fan of cupcakes -- and it's a good time to be one. In recent years, these versatile, tasty treats have gone from being inexpensive, easy-to-make confections given away at children's parties to trendy desserts enjoyed by hipsters around the world.

Today, little cupcakes are a big deal. While many restaurants and eateries have been forced to shut their doors due to the recent economic downturn, business in specialty cupcake shops is booming [source: Tulsa World]. The reason for cupcakes' recent surge in popularity is simple: They're relatively inexpensive and grant people a few bites of indulgence, even when money is tight.

In this article, we'll walk you through the 10 most popular cupcake flavors and explain the reasons behind their appeal. When you're done with the list, you'll know how to order like a pro from the most popular cupcake boutiques.

Click over to the next page to learn why vanilla cupcakes are anything but bland.

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