A chocolate flower hovers on a fluffy cloud of whipped cream. A crispy caramel cookie emerges like a half-moon from behind a tuft of caramel frosting. For Esther, cupcakes aren’t just dessert; they’re miniature masterpieces. Fortunately for sweet-toothed connoisseurs, the seasoned pastry chef pays due respect to what’s inside as well, using unrefined and local ingredients and baking cupcakes in small batches throughout the day. Her meticulous attention to her treats’ quality, appearance, and emotional health has earned Esther’s Cupcakes a spot on both CBS Sacramento’s and News Review’s lists of the city’s best cupcake shops.