Food & Drink

Icing on the Cupcake

There are plenty of reasons to hate cupcakes nowadays.

1.“Cupcake baker” has officially replaced “handbag designer” as annoying It profession.
2. They’re as overexposed as Brit’s weave.
3. Cuteness overload.

Still. All it takes is one good excuse to stay in love. Like the not-too-perfect creations at That Takes the Cake, a charming new cupcake bakery in Cow Hollow.

Owner Saralynn Reece takes a homemade, just-like-Mom’s approach to the eight rotating flavors she serves daily. Hand-frosted, craveable creations include Gentlemen Prefer Reds (red velvet cake with a dollop of cream cheese frosting), Sleepless in SF (chocolate buttermilk cake with coffee buttercream), and Snow Balls (coconut-and-almond cake with cream cheese frosting and coconut flakes).

There’s usually a seasonal flavor (right now, strawberry; next week, pumpkin), and Reece will create mini versions to order for special events like weddings, showers, and cocktail parties.

Yeah, whatever. We’re still hooked.

That Takes the Cake, 2271 Union Street, between Fillmore and Steiner Streets (415-567-8050 or saralynnscupakes.com).

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2271 Union St
@ Steiner St
San Francisco, CA 94123