Cupcake Royale

Who makes the best cupcake in Seattle? The battle between Trophy Cupcakes and Cupcake Royale is a heated one, but I’m happy to withhold judgment and keep doing taste tests forever.

Cupcake Royale, with locations in Cap Hill, Ballard, Madrona, and West Seattle, is great for everything from coffee-cupcake dates (they serve Verite coffee) to late-night cravings (the Cap Hill and Ballard locations are open most nights till 11:00). The real question is… which flavor? There are many to choose from, including classics like vanilla-chocolate and red velvet, original creations like lavender, or seasonal creations (the December ones included Figgy Pudding and Eggnog. As usual, I took my sweet time (no pun intended) to choose.

Since I’m not a big fan of holiday desserts like eggnog and peppermint, I avoided the seasonal selections and opted, randomly, for the carrot cake – I was enticed by the cream cheese frosting and wanted to avoid the buttercream concoctions. My second choice was easy – I love ganache frosting so I chose the vanilla cake – chocolate frosting.

Perhaps because I chose the cupcakes that were particularly suited to my tastes, they received mixed reviews from everyone but me. My friends liked the carrot cake for its rich taste and moist texture, but not so much the cream cheese frosting (which I loved).  They were disappointed by the vanilla-chocolate cupcake, complaining that the cake part was too bland. I realized, too late, that I should not have shared… to me, the vanilla cake was the perfect foil for the rich, fudgy ganache frosting – exactly the way it should be!


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