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In search of Denver's best cupcakes: A photo diary of one man's journey

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Living The Sweet Life 1535 Central Street; 303-477-8088 Score: 5/10 Price: $2.50

Call this the cupcake that couldn't. On the outside, this little guy had all the makings of a delicious cupcake, what with its Funfetti cake frosted with cream cheese and topped with sprinkles. It took me back to my childhood when my hand was getting smacked for sneaking up to my mother's counter and sticking my finger in the batter and double dipping. But this cupcake let me down. The cake itself was dry and somewhat bland and the frosting was far too overpowering. I could only muster up the courage to eat half.

Lovely Confections 1489 Steele Street; 720-297-3360 Score: 8/10 Price: $3

An organic cupcake! I've never really been the kind of guy who goes out of his way to eat at a place just because it provides organic options. I don't know...sometimes organic stuff just doesn't taste right to me. But man, oh, man did this place prove me wrong. The bakery oozes with passion and flavors, but I ordered a simple vanilla bean cake that was moist and topped with a holy-shit-that's-a-lot-of-chocolate, chocolate frosting. It was outstanding.

Big Fat Cupcake 129 Adams Street; 303-322-2253 Score: 8/10 Price: $3.95

Size totally counts. I know they have 'Big' and 'Fat' in the name, but most businesses never really give people great deals -- or do they? In this case, the answer is yes, they do. This behemoth chocolate cupcake, frosted with Oreo-vanilla buttercream and rolled in Oreo cookies, was scrumptious from the first bite to the last.

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