People looking for a dessert fix but who wish to avoid the temptation of an entire cake need look no further than their local cupcake shop. Such an establishment shouldn't be terribly difficult to find since they've exploded in popularity in recent years, thanks to America's love affair with the individually-sized dessert.
Generally, these locales feature a smorgasbord of cupcake flavors. You can expect to find everything from traditional vanilla or chocolate to the more exotic coffee, lemon or peanut butter varieties. Jelly or cream fillings are an excellent way to add some extra oomph to your dessert -- as well as a few extra calories -- although making specialty cupcakes at home requires a bit of practice. Fortunately, many cupcake recipes can be easily prepared in your own kitchen using a simple muffin pan complete with decorative paper liners.