The whore of the dessert world, cupcakes have earned a bad rap. Sure, they’re everywhere. But slandering a sweet? That’s just salty. Erika Durham’s just-launched company, Yumcakes, will make you ashamed you ever took their name in vain. The trained chef’s thoughtful, artistic creations (pictured) are almost too beautiful to eat — almost. The menu dazzles: Praline-filled almond cake is topped with vanilla mousse, toasted almonds, and a French macaron; Abuelita’s Flan bursts with creamy caramel. Durham offsets sweetness with salt (a white chocolate-covered pretzel and a sprinkle of sea salt atop malted cake) and heat (chipotle-laced Mexican chocolate). Or, given 48 hours, Durham can custom-make cupcakes that mimic your favorite dessert. She’s riffed on everything from oatmeal raisin cookies to strawberry-rhubarb pie. Ah, cupcakes — always turning tricks. Available online at yumcakesinc.com. Photo: Nicolette Stanton Photography / Courtesy of Yumcakes Give thanks for seasonal cocktail recipes, party makeup tips, festive playlists, and an editors’ wish list like you’ve never seen on our gift-packed holiday site. Up to 50% off Boutique 9 Inspired by runway looks, Boutique 9 combines on-point trends (jazz shoes, lace-ups, loafers) with embellishments like studs and chains. Upgrade your shoe collection while it’s all up to 50% off on Swirl.