Trend Watch: Is the Cupcake Fad Nearing an End?

Earlier this month, the New York Times ran an article asking this very question. Personally, we feel ready for a change of scenery. What about you? Click through to see our guesses for what's next on the horizon...

The cupcake has been the reigning dessert of pop culture for some years now, inspiring not only recipes galore but fashion, artwork, and collectibles. Can any other food rival the cupcake's cuteness and versatility?

We wracked our brains and came up with a few guesses:

Marshmallows - They can be a bit tricky to make, but they have nostalgic charm and the sky's the limit in terms of flavors, colors, and shapes once you've mastered the basic recipe.
Brownies - Saveur ran an article on this American classic last month and we've seen brownie recipes cropping up other places as well. Could these be the front runners for a resurgence?
Caramels - These became immensely popular during the holidays last year, and we love how infinitely adaptable they can be to individual tastes and imagination.
Pudding - Although it can't be packaged quite as neatly as cupcakes, there's something appealing about a comforting cup of pudding. Vanilla and chocolate make simple desserts for kids, and grown-up versions can be made with herbal infusions, liquor, and fruit purees.

We have to admit, all of these guesses have their drawbacks and none of them quite seems up to replacing the almighty cupcake. What do you think? What's your guess for the Next Big Thing?

• Read the full article: Will Cupcakes Be the Next Krispy Kreme? from the New York Times

Related: Look! Cute Cupcakes from Hello, Cupcake!

(Image: Joyce Dopkeen/The New York Times)

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