Confession. I’d walk a mile for a cupcake. A residual daydream from childhood, where the cupcake.jpgcupcake was Queen. An ornamental, hand-held device that can transport you to immediate comfort — ah, the cupcake! Creamy, layered with complex sweetness, spice, tender texture — the cupcake has it all. Plus it’s affordable and can be eaten by a single person in a single sitting.

So can I really be blamed for ordering one of these dangerously delicious carrot cupcakes – topped with my weight in perfect vanilla cream cheese frosting – at my new favorite coffeehouse? The cupcake is from Black China Bakery, which makes a habit of pushing all my satisfaction buttons.

The place? Find out in the March 26 issue of Metro Santa Cruz.