Head north or south on I-5, and you’re sure to come across a little shop that wafts of buttercream, spices and sugary goodness. Walk in, and like the corner doughnut shops of yesterday, your eyes spy a variety of colors, flavors and sprinkles. Cupcakes are the latest dessert craze. And Puget Sound has a variety of fun and flavorful places to try:
1111 E. Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98122
Cupcake Royale boasts using local, organic ingredients from local farms. The daily menu includes cupcakes like Peppermint Patty, Lemon Drop and Lavendar. Specialty cupcakes like Salted Caramel and Toasted Coconut Lime are offered on a monthly basis. Cupcake Royale will deliver your order of two dozen or more to your location, and you can conveniently order online for your special event.
1740 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402
Just down Pacific Avenue from the University of Washington Tacoma campus, Hello, Cupcake lures folks of any age. With a rotating menu, you will find mocha cupcakes, red velvet, or vanilla with coconut. Generous with the frosting, you can eat in on fiesta-style plates or take away a single, boxed cupcake or a whole dozen. A private party room in the back is the perfect place for a birthday party or baby shower, and you can decorate your own confection.
Redmond Town Center
16481 NE 74th Street
Redmond, WA 98052
With three locations, including Alderwood Mall and Bellevue Square, Pinkabella was voted the Best of Western Washington in 2010. Owners Margo and Doug are adoptive parents to four international children. When Margo realized that two of her adopted children had never celebrated a birthday, she felt that making cupcakes for others was her gift to give. Pinkabella’s menu includes kid favorites like Strawberry Lemonade, and also more adult-friendly cupcakes like Bailey’s Irish Cream and Pina Colada.
2510 North Procter Street
Tacoma, WA 98406
In the Procter District of downtown Tacoma, Jubilee makes their cupcakes with local ingredients. They are happy to custom make your cupcakes – for birthdays, weddings or baby showers. Their popular Macon Bacon cupcake, with maple bacon baked right in, is offered daily. Pink Champagne, one of their specialty flavors, is also one of the most requested for special orders. And Jubilee makes their own chocolate and caramel sauces for their espresso drinks.
Trophy Cupcakes and Party
1815 N. 45th Street, Suite No 209
Seattle WA 98103
Trophy is proud to call itself “Seattle’s premier cupcake bakery”. Recognized by Martha Stewart in 2008, owner Jennifer Shea continues to expand her cupcake business in the Seattle area. You can find them at three locations, including the University District and at The Bravern in Bellevue. Trophy bakes their cupcakes fresh daily, offering staples like Triple Chocolate, Red Velvet and Vanilla Vanilla. Specialty cupcakes like the Hummingbird – banana, coconut pineapple, and Snickerdoodle are offered on a rotating basis.
This month is Seattle’s second annual Cupcake Camp. On Sunday, April 17, you can bake, bring or buy cupcakes for a good cause, the Hope Heart Institute. Go to http://cupcakecampseattle.eventbrite.com/ for more information.