From Our Editors
Seattle’s first cupcake bakery, Cupcake Royale, has blossomed into a sweets empire, with shops around the city including this downtown location near Pike Place Market. The bakery’s made-from-scratch treats appeal to the kid in everyone, with a rainbow of flavors and swirls of velvety buttercream icing on top. The challenge is trying to settle on which flavor to choose, especially when the seasonal selections are added to the mix. If anything, it takes time just to work through all of the possible selections, delicately contained in glass deli cases, with extras like ice cream and simpler snacks sprinkled throughout. The staff at this bright and cheery cupcake haven takes pride in helping plan special parties as well, though enjoying a single confection from one of the simple café tables is a party all by itself.