Trophy Cupcakes

The cupcake competition in Seattle has definitely gotten hotter in the last few years, with several local shops and chains vying for customers (think Royale, Trophy, and Yellowleaf). I have yet to declare my allegiance – after all, why choose one when you can just have them all? However, I do have a soft spot for Trophy Cupcakes as it was my first Seattle cupcake experience after moving here from New York, the cupcake capitol of the world.


Trophy has several locations, including Wallingford, the U-Village, and Bellevue. I think one of the best things about Trophy (besides the actual cupcakes) is the revolving selection of flavors. There’s always a flavor of the month,  special cupcakes available only on certain days of the week, and seasonal creations. The fact that you never know what’s going to be waiting for you makes cupcake hunting even more exciting!


A few of the more interesting flavors include snickerdoodle, peanut butter and jelly, chai cardamom – and once I had a margarita cupcake! This time, however, we decided to stick to more traditional flavors, starting with carrot cake and cream cheese frosting.


Very delicious, although I would have liked a little more cake with all that frosting. Trophy puts a great deal of emphasis on ingredients, with their website mentioning Valrhona Cocoa and Pure Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla. To test the quality of the latter, we moved onto Vanilla-Vanilla (vanilla cake, vanilla frosting):


Again, a little less frosting would help balance the textures, but the cake had an intense vanilla flavor and wonderfully buttery texture. One of the reasons I like Trophy is that their cupcakes are not overly sweet, and the Vanilla was perfectly sugary without being sickeningly so. Finally, we gave into our peanut butter craving with the chocolate cake – peanut butter frosting combo.


This was my favorite of the cupcakes, but I only managed a small bite before it was devoured by one of my football player students. However, he pronounced it delicious and I agreed. It seems that Trophy, which has only been around for two and a half years, is already a winner.


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