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Is pie the new cupcake?

January 15, 2011 | 10:53 am

Cupcakes became so popular over the last few years that upscale bakeries sprang up across the nation to offer them in red velvet, mocha and chai latte. A fan site featured pictures of cupcake tattoos on aficionados. But new versions of the all-American favorite — pie — are increasingly popping up at bakeries and restaurants. Pie has replaced cake at some weddings. There are pie happy hours and pie shooters served in shot glasses. Read more in today's Business section.

Photo: A banana-cream "Simple Pie" is displayed alongside "Cutie Pies" at Simplethings Sandwich & Pie Shop in Los Angeles. Credit: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times