Life After Cupcakes: Five Guesses for What's Next in Baking

Categories: Chow Bella
Heather Hoch
So long, red velvet.
Cupcakes are so last season. Their day in the baking limelight is over. They're cute, they're sweet, they're fun to make, but we're getting kind of bored with the cake and frosting combo. What could replace the simplicity and grabability of the cupcake?

We here at Chow Bella headquarters pored over bakery and dessert menus to find trends in what could be the next hot (or cold) treat to take over the sweets scene. We came up with a few ideas for baking fanatics to try on for size.

The first buzz we heard from baking aficionados centered on brownies. It makes sense, too, because they're small, portable, and there's something for everyone.

You might be thinking about those crazy folks who aren't chocolate enthusiasts, but the brownie's counterpart, the blondie, takes care of that debate. Brownies can be full of toffee, peanut butter chips, or topped with cream cheese like the ones at Bertha's Café. There's just so many ways to mix up this classic confection that we have to give a nod to the dessert.

Heather Hoch
Bertha's served us a brownie so decadent, it took two people and several breaks to finish it.

Next stop on our list brings us to a soon-to-be-open café in Phoenix owned by the Matt's Big Breakfast people. We had a sneak preview of Giant Coffee at the October First Fridays Art Walk. There we found possibly the most adorable and creative treat on the scene. Hello cherry hand-pie. The name pretty much says it all; sweet cherry filling in a tiny personal pie. Boy, we hope this one catches on.

One of the problems with common cupcakes is that they're difficult (if not impossible) to ship to your sweetie in a different state. The solution for long distance dessert sharing is the cookie gram. Nothing is quite like getting an edible bouquet of cookies at your door, and a bakery in Scottsdale called Chocolate Star Bakery is spearheading the movement. Another mover and shaker in the cookie world are those large cookies you can find floating around different cafes and bakeries. They're big, inexpensive, and easy on-the-go.

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