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NYC cupcakes: 5 creative desserts

New York City's cupcake craze has seen its sugar highs and lows (i.e. Crumbs). But whether you've scoffed at the tourists waiting in line at Magnolia Bakery or were one of the first to try out Sprinkles' 24-hour cupcake ATM, there's no denying the nostalgic joy of peeling back the wax paper from the sides of a perfectly iced cupcake and taking that first bite. Though Crumbs' gourmet take on frosting and cake batter is gone (for now), there are plenty of pint-sized desserts to help fill the void.

Here are five creative cupcakes to indulge your sweet tooth with now.

Prohibition Bakery's pretzels and beer

Among the bakery's booze-infused mini cupcakes, which include
Photo Credit: Prohibition Bakery

Among the bakery's booze-infused mini cupcakes, which include sangria-, White Russian- and Old Fashioned-inspired treats, this bestseller mixes Six Point Sweet Action Ale, Nutella, pretzel and white truffle for a bite-sized bar snack that's salty and sweet.

$2 each, $5 for 3; 9 Clinton St., 646-596-8294, prohibitionbakery.com

Georgetown Cupcake's banana split

This special August flavor features a banana cake
Photo Credit: Dayna Smith

This special August flavor features a banana cake with a fudge core topped with vanilla cream cheese frosting, a fudge drizzle, hazelnuts and rainbow sprinkles. There's no ice cream, but there is a cherry on top.

$3 each; 111 Mercer St., 212-431-4504, georgetowncupcake.com

Hill Country's PB&J

Peanut butter and jelly doesn't have to just
Photo Credit: Zandy Mangold

Peanut butter and jelly doesn't have to just be between two slices of bread. This dessert features a moist vanilla cake with a grape jelly-filled center topped with fluffy peanut butter frosting and, for extra measure, Reese's Pieces candy.

$4.50 each; Hill Country Barbecue Market, 345 Adams St., Downtown Brooklyn, 718-885-4608, hillcountryny.com

Baked By Melissa's key lime pie

You don't have to undo your last gym
Photo Credit: Baked By Melissa

You don't have to undo your last gym session to enjoy the Florida Keys specialty. This mini cupcake packs the flavor of the real thing into one bite, with key lime cream stuffing, white vanilla icing and shortbread crumble topping. The only thing missing is a mini margarita flavor to pair it with.

$3 for 3, available now through Sept. 22; various locations, bakedbymelissa.com

Wild's kale

Cupcakes aren't always about over-indulgence. This vegan, kale-infused
Photo Credit: Wild

Cupcakes aren't always about over-indulgence. This vegan, kale-infused variety helps you get your daily dose of vegetables from the dessert menu. A sweet coconut icing helps enhances the flavor, while berries add natural sugar.

$5 each; 340 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg, 347-599-0699, eatdrinkwild.com

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