Best Cupcake Orange County 2013 - Susie Cakes
Owner Susan Sarich kick-started her own bakery using both her grandmothers' old recipes, ones she grew up on in her native Chicago. The result: relevatory cupcakes that make the fad something substantial. Red velvet is everyone's default favorite, but the mocha-flavored cupcake explodes with life in your mouth, from the frosting to the moist, bready mass. And the sublime frosting swirls on top of most of them will make you want to re-enact the cover of Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass' Whipped Cream & Other Delights, not for the titillation factor, but for the prospect of all that buttercream to consume.