Slideshow: First Look: Sift Cupcake & Dessert Bar, San Francisco

Cupcake Wars
Cupcake Wars
There is a rotating menu of cupcake flavors anchored by classics like Vanilla-Ahh (vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream) and 24 Carrot (carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.) Look for new fall flavors like Mr. Man (gingerbread cake with cinnamon cream cheese frosting) and Pumpkin Spice (pumpkin cake filled with pumpkin pie mousse and topped with toffee French buttercream.)
Andrea Ballus
Andrea Ballus
This is Ballus' fourth bakery but her first in San Francisco. She took over the old Dumplings and Buns space on California right off of Fillmore.
Macarons
Macarons
These bright takes on the classic French cookie come in Strawberry, Salted Caramel, Espresso, Lemon, and Earl Grey flavors ($1.90 each). As you'd expect from a frosting fanatic, the middles are packed full of flavor.
Berry Good Cheesecake
Berry Good Cheesecake
If you're suspicious that a cheesecake and a cupcake can marry harmoniously, try this dessert. A super moist vanilla cake is filled with a restrained dollop of raspberry jam and topped with a thick, tangy cream cheese frosting. The best part? The graham cracker base hiding under the wrapper. It adds an unexpected buttery cookie crunch.
You Know You Want To
You Know You Want To
Take a frosting shot ($1.50).
Pink Champagne
Pink Champagne
Raspberry cake topped with a champagne buttercream.
Stud Muffin
Stud Muffin
The brown sugar beer cake base is made with Lagunitas, a Bay Area beer, and the salted caramel frosting has visual granules of salt. The topping? A piece of caramel bacon.
Ooh La La
Ooh La La
One of the bakery's best sellers, this red velvet cupcake is topped with a tangy twirl of cream cheese frosting.
Frozen Goodness
Frozen Goodness
The ice cream case holds Ice Cream Sammys year-round. Flavors include Pink Limonatta and Ooh La La, a riff on the red velvet cupcake.
Whoopie Cookies
Whoopie Cookies
If you're not in the mood for something cold, try the whoopie cookies ($2.50). The middles are filled with enough frosting to satisfy any sweet tooth.
The Samoa Whoopie Cookie
The Samoa Whoopie Cookie
This version takes its cues from the classic Girl Scout cookie. Two coconut cookies are held together by chocolate ganache and a toasted coconut and caramel frosting.
Sweet Start To The Day
Sweet Start To The Day
The decorations and packaging give the bakery a fun, retro vibe. Ballus plans to open the bakery for breakfast, serving Flying Goat coffee, oatmeal, and cereal.