Being a grown-up sucks. Every year after the age of thirteen is a depressing downward spiral into responsibilities, body image issues, and shoes with laces instead of Velcro. Plummeting further away from the joys of childhood to perish in a khaki-colored, cubicle-shaped abyss, some lose hope and give in. But not Cupcake Jones.

For two years, the specialty bakery on Northwest 10th Avenue has been churning out gourmet cupcakes sophisticated enough for an adult, but with all the miniature delight and hand-held convenience of the kid's classic. Cupcake Jones offers six flavors a day, three of which are constants: The Pearl, a luscious vanilla velvet cake with vanilla buttercream frosting; Downtown Cupcake Brown, a dark, sensual all-chocolate confection; and Velvet Painting, red velvet cake with vanilla buttercream filling and cream cheese frosting. The other three cupcakes are specials that change every day, described in meticulous, mouthwatering detail on their website.

Now wipe the drool off the keyboard and check this out: Cupcake Jones celebrates its second birthday tomorrow, July 7, at Pearl Woodworks on Northwest 11th Avenue and Everett Street, just around the corner from the bakery. The casual event last from 6-9 pm, and features snacks, beverages, music, drawings for prizes, and of course, cupcakes. This is a free event open to the public – great for kids, but even better for grown-ups, who are so often deprived of sweet frosted bliss. Treat yourself. You're only young once, which means you have to be old forever – no one deserves a cupcake more than an adult.

For more information, check out the Cupcake Jones blog.