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Cupcake Royale

1101 34th Ave., Seattle, WA - (206) 709-4497
Posted By Michael Stern on 1/19/2010 10:00:00 PM
Whoever invented the cupcake was a genius, providing eaters the opportunity to have a whole cake of their own without feeling like too much of a pig. Seattle's Cupcake Royale makes the situation even better by offering mini cupcakes as well as full-size ones, thus making a snack of two or three cakes a reasonable proposition. On the other hand, the bakery's inventory almost inevitably leads to piggishness on the part of cake lovers. There are so many good ones that must be tried.

In addition to the regular varieties, which include carrot cake, double chocolates, lavender and lemon drop cakes, and a wicked-good salted caramel-topped one that is especially fudgy, Cupcake Royale offers a cupcake of the month. In January as an ode to the fried banana and peanut butter sandwich that was a favorite of Elvis Presley (whose birthday is January 8), the spotlighted feature was a banana cupcake with chocolate peanut butter frosting, crowned with a crisp dried-banana chip.

If there is a complaint to be made, it is that the cakes sometimes can be too fresh, so warm and moist that if you are not extremely careful, one bite will detach the top from the stump, or the stump itself can disintegrate between thumb and fingers. Some complaint! All I'm saying is that these cupcakes are best eaten at a table or counter rather than from an automobile dashboard.

Note: There currently are four cafes selling Cupcake Royale cupcakes and Verite coffee. We visited the one in Madrona. Other locations are West Seattle (4556 California Ave. SW), Ballard (2052 NW Market St.) and Capitol Hill (1111 E. Pike St.).

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In honor of Elvis Presley's 75th birthday on January 8, 2010, the cupcake of the month was an ode to the King: banana cake with chocolate peanut butter frosting. Cupcake Royale makes regular-size as well as minis, the latter a boon for those who want to sample several flavors.
"In honor of Elvis Presley's 75th birthday on January 8, 2010, the cupcake of the month was an ode to the King: banana cake with chocolate peanut butter frosting. Cupcake Royale makes regular-size as well as minis, the latter a boon for those who want to sample several flavors."
Michael Stern





Be careful. If you hold a cupcake with too strong a grip, or even if you chomp into it willy-nilly, you run the risk of complete cake disintegration. Such tenderness might be a fault in Bakery School, but for me, there's no such thing as a too-delicate cupcake.
"Be careful. If you hold a cupcake with too strong a grip, or even if you chomp into it willy-nilly, you run the risk of complete cake disintegration. Such tenderness might be a fault in Bakery School, but for me, there's no such thing as a too-delicate cupcake."
Michael Stern


A photo of the salted caramel cupcake before it fell apart (above photo). Y-U-M!
"A photo of the salted caramel cupcake before it fell apart (above photo). Y-U-M!"
Michael Stern


Atop the carrot cupcake is classic cream cheese frosting.
"Atop the carrot cupcake is classic cream cheese frosting."
Michael Stern


Chocolate upon chocolate, a devilishly good combination.
"Chocolate upon chocolate, a devilishly good combination."
Michael Stern


Lemon drops and lavenders. Pretty as they were, we found them light on flavor -- an odd situation considering how full-flavored other cupcakes are.
"Lemon drops and lavenders. Pretty as they were, we found them light on flavor -- an odd situation considering how full-flavored other cupcakes are."
Michael Stern


Inside the store in Madrona: a nice place to sit and sip or connect to the internet while spilling crumbs in your keyboard.
"Inside the store in Madrona: a nice place to sit and sip or connect to the internet while spilling crumbs in your keyboard."
Michael Stern


34th Avenue is the main drag in the Madrona neighborhood, which seems like a happy-go-lucky place. Cupcake Royale, somewhat confusingly signed, is at the corner of E. Spring Street.
"34th Avenue is the main drag in the Madrona neighborhood, which seems like a happy-go-lucky place. Cupcake Royale, somewhat confusingly signed, is at the corner of E. Spring Street."
Michael Stern


I kept wondering what it would be like to live near enough this place that I could stop in for cupcakes and coffee any time. Dangerous!
"I kept wondering what it would be like to live near enough this place that I could stop in for cupcakes and coffee any time. Dangerous!"
Michael Stern



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