Having amused vessel venerators for decades, cups have recently been combined with the the scrumptiousness of cake, resulting in today's Groupon. For $16, you get three four-packs of made-from-scratch cupcakes made from Cupcake Royale (a $34.50 value). Redeem your Groupon at once for all twelve, or traipse in thrice and stretch out your cupcake appreciate. Nab your cakes from any of Cupcake Royale's four locations. For an additional $15, you can have your cupcakes delivered via dessert cannon anywhere in Seattle, or for $20 to the East Side (within a 10-mile radius of downtown Seattle). All orders over three dozen are delivered for free. This deal does not apply to online orders; call a day in advance if you're ordering a dozen or more.
Gone are the protestations that a slice of cake is too big "or too wedgey." Instead of making a different cake to suit everyone's tastes, get a dozen different flavors for fickle friends. Voted Seattle's best cupcake by Seattle Magazine and Seattle Weekly, and featured in The Seattle Times, Cupcake Royale bakes each flavor daily from natural and local ingredients, including hormone-free dairy products and locally raised fruit. Finish off a long lunch break with a Royale with cheese, a pillow of dark chocolate cake topped with cream-cheese buttercream and chocolate shavings, or chomp a vanilla coconut bunny, adorably fluffy with hand-frosted buttercream. Experts in things that taste good recommend chocolate peppermint party, while fans of sea spray reach no farther than the salted caramel with fleur de sel.
Since the cupcake is the good twin to the evil muffin, Cupcake Royale extends its goodwill into the community to fight the accursed Man and his mini-Man lackey. The bakery donates 25,000 cupcakes a year to schools and non-profit community organizations, uses only biodegradable cups, and composts all its organic waste.
Readers of both Seattle Magazine and Seattle Weekly call Cupcake Royale the best cupcake vendor in all of Seattle. The Seattle Times featured Cupcake Royale for its deliciousness, as well as its commitment to sustainability.
- Because purple is my favorite color, I chose the Lavender vanilla cake with lavender-flavored icing — and, boy, was it good!...Besides producing the "most local cupcake," Hall steps up to other sustainability issues. Half the trash at Cupcake Royale is composted; the cafes offer Ecotainer cups and corn-based plastic utensils; boxes are printed in Ballard using soy-based inks. – Braiden Rex-Johnson, Seattle Times
MSN City Guides counting the bakery's lavender cupcake among the 10 best in the whole country.
- With taglines like “Legalize Frostitution” and “Rock Out With Your Cupcake Out” it’s hard not to be charmed by Seattle’s quirky Cupcake Royale. – Amanda Petrusich, MSN City Guides
Reviews are generally favorable among Yelpers, whose opinions vary based on particular location. The First Hill branch scores the highest marks, with 104 cupcake addicts whipping up a four-star recommendation. The Madrona/Leschi location gets 3.5 stars out of 62 reviews, while the Ballard bakery gets a solid three stars from a whopping 328 Yelpers.