Cupcake Royale


Bakery, Cafe, Restaurant
2052 NW Market St

Cupcake Royale

2052 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
Hours: Mon-Thurs 6:30 am-10 pm, Fri-Sat 6:30 am-11 pm, Sun 7:30 am-10 pm
Restaurant Details
  • Features Catering, Cheap Eats, To Go, Free Wi-Fi
  • Cuisine Bakery, Cafe, Dessert, Local/Organic/Sustainable Focus
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Posted by pixelreflex on February 10, 2010 at 7:26 PM · Report this
I was ecstatic when learning earlier this year that CR would be opening a location on Capitol Hill. I've been an avid fan for years despite the dry cupcakes and burned coffee and the more often than not unfriendly wait staff at all locations across the city. The concept of supporting locally owned businesses in a time when it's difficult to upstart such an adventure and remain financially healthy has been the main driving force for my return visits to CR.

I finally made it to the new Cap Hill location yesterday and was unfortunately met with much disappointment. The new digs are fine. The cupcakes, well, still dry even though CR advertises "NEW More Moisty-er!" cupcakes. The real disappointment, however, came from the unwelcoming staff, one young woman in particular who was working the front counter.

When I walked in, there were two little girls with their parents at the front of line, trying to decide which delightful $2.50 cupcake would be theirs for the taking.
The counter person grimaced and rolled her eyes as the little girls debated for a few minutes longer about which cupcake to order until I was told that I needed to go ahead and make my decision as not to hold up the line any longer. No eye contact from this person, no small talk. Not even a thank you for your order as I handed over $7.50 for 3 dry cupcakes which were haphazardly placed in a little pink box covered with chocolate frosted fingerprints all over it.

For kids, well even for adults like myself who have an appreciation for sweet little nuggets of goodness, walking into CR is like walking into a fairytale. It's the experience, not the cupcake that we all want to keep coming back for. Forget this small concept and no amount of sugar will keep you afloat for very long.

Posted by gigi on August 2, 2009 at 12:29 PM · Report this
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I live abroad and was REALLY excited about CR. They got a great review by the Stranger themselves and their website is snazzy and fun, so I felt the promise of a warm cafe with miles of different scented and flavored samples of my favourite treat. So when I was visiting home I pretty much ran straight to CR, but was very disappointed.

CR (Ballard) is cramped and cold. There is one tiny display case with *plates* of 6 cupcakes each...the clerks were constantly running to the back to get more to replenish? And the cupcakes were actually hard to see! The line stretches uncomfortably close to a couple of tables, so if there are people sitting there you feel as if you're imposing on them....makes you want to hurry up and order, not a good thing for a cupcake connoisseur like myself. I wanted to savor the look of each kind before making a decision but felt too hurried. TERRIBLE coffee. The chairs and tables were wooden, was just not the comfort-food comfortable cupcake experience I wanted.

I would highly recommend the cupcakes themselves, however I would order a dozen and take them somewhere nicer to enjoy.
Posted by CupcakeMonster on November 21, 2008 at 2:00 AM · Report this

Great cupcakes for people who've never had a good one...

Greasy frosting and dry cake do NOT a good cupcake make...
Posted by zman on October 1, 2008 at 3:27 PM · Report this

Please curb Frostitution

I have been there a few times before the movie next door to take in a cupcake. They are pretty ho-hum. I really don't like the frosting. Usually when a little kid gets a cupcake there is no holding 'em back, but here I get,..."do you want the rest of mine?' What's up when kids don't like them? Coffee counter is unbelievably slow.
Posted by Charles on June 4, 2008 at 11:08 AM · Report this

Awesome Cupcakes

Their cupcakes are great, and they use real ingredients and make them fresh. That's the reason CCR is really popular in Seattle. The fact that they are local business and the owner is generous probably helps. I love their cupcakes anyway, but the fact that they are really nice will keep me going there.
Posted by pt bump on December 17, 2007 at 10:52 AM · Report this

Heaven on Earth

I love cupcakes. I'll admit it, I haven't had a really bad one. But these are amazingly awesome, pretty moist (although they go great with the chai tea) and HUGE. HUGE CUPCAKES! You NEED them. The Peppermint one is my favorite so far, and the fact that they make everything from hand makes it extra delicious. I seriously drool everytime I think about it. GO GO!
Posted by fuzzo on August 27, 2007 at 1:41 PM · Report this
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velvet goldmine

The cofee is alright, nothing special. The red velvet and coconut cupcakes are the only ones I really like there. I don't like how most of their frostings are cream cheese based ... and if they aren't they certainly taste like it. I can take it or leave it. I still haven't found what I'm looking for.
Posted by Nay on August 12, 2007 at 11:00 PM · Report this
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