Gallery: 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.

Battle Royale
Battle Royale

This unique cupcake was one of the winning recipes on Cupcake Wars. Almond cake is stuffed with a blueberry tequila filling and topped with acai berry cream cheese frosting.

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.

The Sky Is Falling
The Sky Is Falling

The chocoholics' choice: chocolate cake filled with white chocolate mousse and topped with chocolate 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.

Awe Snap and All For the Cookie
Awe Snap and All For the Cookie

Organic ice cream is sandwiched between two over-sized, chewy cookies ($5.50)

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.