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The Best Cupcakes in L.A.

Every so often, ever since cupcakes became a grown-up dessert a few years ago, some bakery item will cause a mini-sensation and be called "the new cupcake." Well, we're calling it. Cupcakes are the new cupcakes. People just like them too much -- they're not going anywhere. And in celebration of that, and the fact that Thursday is National Cupcake Day (there will be frosting-filled rioting in the streets!), we've put together this gallery of our favorite cupcakes in L.A. Enjoy!

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Red Velvet cupcakes from Auntie Em's. Image by Gastronomy Blog.

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Chocolate cupcake at Joan's on Third. Image by Meta Interiors.

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An assortment of mini cupcakes at Yummy Cupcakes. Image by The Delicious Life.

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Red Velvet cupcake at Big Man Bakes. Image found on Big Man Bakes' Facebook page.

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Chocolate cake cupcake from Bake You Happy. Image by Flickr user R. E. ~.

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Yellow cupcake with chocolate frosting at Magnolia Bakery. Image by Flickr user Muy Yum.

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An assortment of mini cupcakes from Vanilla Bake Shop. Image by Flickr user Muy Yum.

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Red velvet cupcakes from Frosted Cupcakery. Image from Frosted Cupcakery's Facebook page.

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Valentine's cupcakes from Susie Cakes. Image by Flickr user megpi.

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Red velvet and chocolate cupcakes from Buttercake Bakery. Image by Flickr user brandon shigeta.

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Chocolate cupcake from Breakaway Bakery. Image by Flickr user greenlagirl.

[Additional reporting by Yoli Martinez]