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Now that cupcakes have reached critical mass--it seems you can't walk down a city block without tripping on one--we give you the Next Big Thing in baked treats: petit fours.

These small layer cakes, covered in a creamy skin of fondant, are no longer just the treat of choice at bridal and baby showers: They're now the go-to dessert for L.A. bakeries and New York restaurants. Plus, they make the perfect single-serving finish at your holiday parties.

We love Sausalito-based Dragonfly Cakes, which delivers 16-piece boxed sets ($36) in the colors of Christmas, flavored with apricot, vanilla-orange and milk chocolate-hazelnut.

For something more exotic, try Dean & Deluca's boxed sets of 12 ($52) which come in flavors like matcha-lemon verbena or Champagne-ganache and are festooned with 23-carat gold leaf.

And if you'd like to put your personalized stamp on this hot new dessert, make your own with this easy recipe. Although there's no limit to the ways to decorate your confections, we like these darling toppers ($1 to 5) from

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