The best cupcakes in Seattle goes to…

A cupcake taste off was had this weekend where the *typical Seattle cupcakeries and one cupcake blogger, Jamie of All Trades, were the contestants. The glasses of milk were passed around and we started piling Red Velvet cupcakes from Trophy Cupcakes, Cupcake Royale, Wink Cupcakes and JOAT (as she has nicknamed herself) on our plates. By the end, we were stuffed, hyper and in sugar comas – but in a good way. Here are the results.

Hands down Trophy Cupcakes took the prize for appearances. We all agreed that presentation seems to be their main focus. And while the cake was good and moist, it fell apart for almost every taster. Comments like, “best frosting” and “lovely with a little heart on top” seemed to be the overall verdict. But, not the winner.

Then there was Cupcake Royale. We had high hopes for these guys, yet they received the lowest scores. That doesn’t mean they were bad. Not at all. Comments like “creamy once you get inside” and “nice and light” declared that they were good. But just not the winner.

So we moved on to Wink Cupcakes, who gave us a nice surprise with what tasted like lemon in the frosting and cake. Comments like, “smooth frosting” and “most different taste” put Wink close to taking the cake. But still, not the winner.

That leaves us with – you guessed it – the winner. Jamie of All Trades might’ve been the underdog, but she didn’t disappoint us with her Red Velvet cupcake. Comments included “very red and very good” to “buttery, delicious frosting” to “best cake, fluffy and chocolatey” and thus, gave her the cupcake taste off prize!

But how could we stop at Red Velvets? Our contestants wouldn’t have it. Most of the bakers (except for Wink) gave us their favorite cupcake for another tasting. And man oh man, we needed more milk for the second half.

While Trophy dazzled us with their Tiger Tail (coconut cupcake with raspberry buttercream drizzled with raspberry sauce) and Cupcake Royale gave us a much-needed sweet break with their Salted Caramel, it was Jamie of All Trades who won yet again, with her Key Lime Pie cupcake.

Everyone just loved the Key Lime frosting that smacked you in the face with flavor and we were all pretty impressed that she created a crust on the bottom. Not only did her Key Lime Pie win in the “non Red Velvet” category, it also won overall cupcake!

We’d like to thank Trophy Cupcakes, Cupcake Royale and Wink Cupcakes for giving us their cupcakes to taste. Sure, they didn’t win overall, but we all agreed there wasn’t a bad cupcake in the bunch. They all had their good qualities about them. And to get a group of girls to shut up for 2 hours to eat copious amounts of carbs was an accomplishment in so many ways.

And to the winner, Jamie of all Trades, we can’t wait to devour more of your yummy cupcakes. If you want to taste them yourself (which you should, immediately) she’s willing and ready to take your orders. You can find her at jamieofalltrades.typepad.com

*We asked Yellow Leaf Cupcakes twice to participate, but they never answered our requests ☹

5 Comments so far

  1. Teresa (unregistered) on April 7th, 2010 @ 7:47 am

    Yeah JOAT! The best cupcakes ever!


  2. Robin (unregistered) on April 8th, 2010 @ 6:28 am

    Love her little cupcakes! Jamie made ducky cakes for my ‘Two Ducks in a Row’ baby shower and 4 dozen vanished w/in an hour! Way to go James!


  3. Susan Taylor (unregistered) on April 8th, 2010 @ 6:51 am

    Those of us in Eastern Washington know of JOAT’s cupcakes well and we wouldn’t think of having an important event without them!! Congratulations, JOAT!!!


  4. Sabrina (unregistered) on April 8th, 2010 @ 11:25 pm

    It is a shame I didn’t know about this, I would have loved to have entered as well. The Immortal Bakery is an up and coming cupcake business, small right now with a store next year. We’ve received some high marks from those in the culinary world in Seattle and would have loved your opinion of our cupcakes!


  5. Matthew (unregistered) on April 11th, 2010 @ 1:02 am

    So, either you’ve never had Look Cupcake or Yellow Leaf, or they were disqualified because they weren’t given to you for free…

    I guess I’m just confused…

    And also, where can I try one of JOAT’s cupcakes?



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