It seems that we have been premature in predicting the death of the cupcake fad; they don't seem to be supplanted by doughnuts or anything else. There's something irresistible to bakers in those little bites of cake, and right now the latest cupcakes making the rounds are from Ming Makes Cupcakes. Ming is a designer and architect, and her simple, chatter-free website is striking and very appealing.
And her recipes are so interesting. Flourless beet chocolate cupcakes with whipped cream? Sure!
You can see all of Ming's cupcakes (plus her cookies and savory cupcakes too, which are extra-fascinating) at her website: