Eating cake in small bites doesn’t count for as many calories, right? Whatever your cupcake philosophy, Cupcake Royale (2052 NW Market St., 206/782-9557, www.cupcakeroyale.com , 6:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Mon.–Thurs., 6:30 a.m.–11 p.m. Fri.–Sat., 7:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Sun.) in Ballard  is there to fulfill the snacking urge with moist little creations topped with a heavenly buttercream whip. Pair that with a smooth cappuccino to combat that inevitable sugar crash about 15 minutes later.
Or you can lose the guilt altogether and instead visit Tall Grass Bakery (5907 24th St. NW, 206/706-0991, 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Mon.–Fri.), which emphasizes hearty, organic breads. Find everything from well-crafted baguettes to spongy sourdough to dark rye.