Finding the Best Cupcakes in Seattle

Cupcakes have been around for a long time but they have never been as popular as they are today. Shops dedicated to just cupcakes have sprung up all over the country and many mainline bakeries have also decided that their customers want to eat cupcakes. Food trucks are even parking around some cities selling the delectable little goodies.  Read on to find out where to find the best cupcakes in Seattle.

Trophy Cupcakes

Trophy Cupcakes has four locations around the Seattle area. A true testament not only to the love of cupcakes in the area but also of the exceptional quality of these particular cupcakes. Jennifer Shea and her husband Michael Williamson opened their first shop in 2007 and it has been a growing adventure ever since.

Jennifer perfected the recipes long before she had even met Michael and with his business background it has proven to be a winning combination.

Their first store in Wallingford Center was quickly popular beyond their wildest expectations and they were certainly not hurt by being asked onto the Martha Stewart Show. Fourteen or fifteen flavors are available every day. Some of which are special flavors and others are gluten-free.

Check their website to see when your favorites are available. One of their Tuesday offerings is Samoa which is a Valrhona chocolate cupcake filled with caramel cream and then topped with buttercream, toasted coconut and a drizzle of house-made caramel.

They even deliver so if you can’t get to one of the stores, you are in luck. The delivery area is somewhat limited and there is a $15 delivery charge but when you want cupcakes, that is a small price to pay.

Cupcake Royale

 Cupcake Royale has been named Seattle’s best cupcake by Seattle Weekly. Known as cupcakes with a conscience, they are made from local products including eggs from chickens that are cage free, hormone free milk and organic sugar. The produce is grown locally and over 25,000 of these little beauties are donated yearly.

Founder Jody Hall has a true dedication to bringing the best that the area has to offer combined with a passion for social justice. Jane Stern has named their salted caramel the best cupcake she has ever eaten.

There are many flavors including red velvet, lots of chocolate and vanilla choices and always seasonal favorites. You can get full size cupcakes, babycakes or cake pops. If you can’t make it into one of the shops, go to their websites and order your cakes and they will be delivered. Just be sure to give them enough time.

Yellow Leaf Cupcake Company

The Yellow Leaf Cupcake Company is only one shop and is located in the Belltown neighborhood. This shop is located downtown within walking distance of the Space Needle and Pike’s Place Market. You can of course buy cupcakes in the store but they can also be ordered on the phone. There is not a specific day when certain cupcakes flavors are available, not all flavors are available all the time.

While this may be annoying if you only eat one flavor, it can also mean that it never gets boring. There are so many flavors you could get your cupcake fix every day for some time and never have to repeat. On any given day you might find Strawberry Red Velvet, Lemon Macaroon or Tomato Soup. There are a total of 66 flavors with 10 to 15 being in stick on any given day. Don’t forget the bacon brittle, it is a Seattle favorite.

Seattleites take their cupcakes seriously, so seriously in fact that for the past two years in April they have a cupcake camp. Yes you heard right, cupcake camp, where they can pay a fee and then sample away to their hearts’ content. It certainly is a cupcakes lover’s dream come true and it benefits the Northshore Relay for Life. 

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When you are in Seattle, you want to know where to find the best cupcakes in Seattle. This list will get you started and you can expand on it as your taste dictates.


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