I was ambitious and considered being there when the doors opened, but when I saw the clock in the morning... it seemed a little ridiculous to wake at such an hour in the summer - even for a cupcake. By 8:00am, I was feeling ready to greet the day and a brand new cupcakery.
Of course I'm the queen of wasting time while getting ready, so I didn't arrive at Cupcake Royale on Capitol Hill until close to 11:00am. I was happy with that time; at least I beat the lunch crowd. The bakery was super cute! From the stained glass cupcake, to the crisp white walls, to clear glass window that held row after row of cupcake goodness.
The boxes hold four cupcakes neatly in place with a clear cellophane window so you can see the pretty icing swirls. I gotta say, I like Cupcake Royale's personality. Underneath their logo on the box are the words, "Does a Booty Good." Who's booty? I'm guessing with eight cupcakes, not mine. All sorts of other clever cupcake tips and tidbits are printed along the box - great packaging!
The last two cupcakes to try were the lavender and the coconut. The menu says that they stir in "delicate little lavender buds" into the icing of the lavender cupcake. To me, it tasted like white cake with regular buttercream icing. While tasty, it didn't have a bold flavor of anything other than vanilla to me. The coconut cupcake had sweet coconut flakes on top. Tastes just like you think it would.
I won't say that Sprinkles has been beaten, but I won't say that they've won either. They are two very different cupcake entities.
Do you have a favorite cupcakery in the Seattle area? Let me know, and I'll do the dirty work for you. Somebody's gotta do it, right?
1111 E Pine Street
Seattle, Washington 98122