Bacon jumped the shark. Cupcakes are passé. But put them together, and now you've got something. Something good, that tastes a lot like breakfast. Yummy Cupcakes, one of the first bakeries to enter into the city's long-running cupcake wars, presents the atomic bomb of cupcakery: the sweet and salty “Pancakes 'n' Bacon.” Vanilla maple cake is frosted with maple buttercream, then topped with chunks of real bacon. Just when you think you can't bear the sweetness — boom! Bacon. “It's definitely in our top five most popular cupcakes,” says Executive Chef Tiffini Soforenko. Recently, though, another, newer Yummy bacon cupcake has been making inroads. Called “The King,” it has a peanut-butter cake base and fresh-banana-buttercream icing sprinkled with chopped nuts and crumbled bacon. Yummy's extensive cupcake arsenal rotates, so call ahead to make sure these two glorious weapons of bacon distraction are on the menu. 220 26th St., Brentwood. (424) 238-6330; 313 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 393-8283; 2918 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. (818) 558-1080; yummycupcakes.com. —Gendy Alimurung
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