While cupcakes are still hot commodities (ahem, the Denver Cupcake Truck), we're turning our sights to the next trend in pastry: pie. Cherry, lemon, rhubarb, blueberry: Take your pick. This homey treat is gaining traction across the country---and Denver is no exception. Note the recent bake-off between Marczyk Fine Foods and WaterCourse Foods; the full displays of flaky crusted pies at bakeries such as Cake, Mermaids, and Living the Sweet Life; and individual slices of apple pie at Bang!, pecan at the Q Worldly Barbeque, and banana "crème brûlée" at Root Down. Bonus: Keegan Gerhard and Lisa Bailey of D Bar Desserts are steadily working toward opening up biz number two: a pie shop. And we look forward to tasting the apple pie from Showboat's Drive by Pie in Granby---the news of which has trickled down the hill. Mark our words: Pie is the next cupcake.