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Sunday
Aug242008

Best Birthday Ever: The Cakespy Birthday Bash at Cupcake Royale

Royale with Cheese
As many of you know, August is a special month for Cakespy.com: it marks the website's anniversary, as well as Head Spy Jessie's Birthday. And so to celebrate both of these milestones, we hosted a kick*ss celebration at Seattle's own Cupcake Royale, at their flagship Ballard location. Here's a love note from the dear Head Spy summing up the events:

Cupcake Royale has always held a special place in my heart. Their first shop opened its doors shortly after I moved to Seattle from New York City; in my first few months on the West Coast, it soothed my incredible homesickness for all of the great cupcake shops I had left behind. They've grown a lot in these four years, and now boast three locations in the Seattle area; during that time I've grown too--I've gone from working at a refrigerator magnet company to running my own business, and have been able to achieve so much growth, both artistically and personally, through running Cakespy.com. This in mind, their flagship Ballard location seemed like the perfect venue for a celebration. The Cupcake Royale crew was very amenable to our request, even offering to debut their super-secret September flavor a little bit early in Cakespy's honor!

The Royale with Cheese and Strawberry Cupcakes from Cupcake RoyaleDSC00344
Of course, I put myself toward my task of Cupcake hostess with the dedication of an Olympiad. I worked myself into shape by eating Cupcake Royale cupcakes for breakfast nearly every day the week before the party. This was easy to do--perhaps too easy--because Metropolitan Market, which is right across the street from Cakespy headquarters, now carries their cupcakes in their bakery. And the frosting on their August flavor of the month, the Skagit Valley Strawberry cupcake, is simply amazing.

The Royale with CheeseMe and Janis!
And man, do those Cupcake Royale kids know how to party. The September flavor turned out to be the Royale with Cheese (pictured at top). What is a Royale with Cheese, you ask? Well, aside from an homage to Pulp Fiction, it's a gorgeously decadent chocolate cupcake topped with a cream cheese frosting which added the perfect rich complement to the sweet cake. Now, I will usually go for vanilla against chocolate cake any day, but even I recognized that this cake was something special. I was told the baker had just changed the recipe for their chocolate cake--apparently the secret ingredient is crack, because based on what was left after the party--an array of empty cupcake wrappers--they were deemed delicious and highly addictive by all in attendance.

Me and Jamie and friend!Cakespy Buddies!
As for the event itself? The party was like a who's who of complete awesomeness: the crowd included members of local bands Speaker Speaker and Huma; the talented and amazing writer Megan Seling; artist Kris Garland; esteemed foodies Peabody, Mango Power Girl, Frantic Foodie, Winewall, and Ronald Holden; Cake Gumshoe (and cookie-maker to Remedy Teas) Chris Jarchow; chocolatier Ivy Chan; Cakespy readers and buddies Janis, Katrina, Tasha, Ingrid, Amalia, Cynthia, Jamie and Carrie...just to name a few! If not there physically, certainly I knew that my buddies at Cupcakes Take the Cake were certainly there in spirit!

Awesomest Birthday Present EVER!
Of course, there were a few surprises in store, the sweetest of which were a special birthday cake provided by Cupcake Royale (white cake, strawberry buttercream filling, and chocolate frosting!), the wonderful cupcake drawings and art pieces done by all of the awesome guests.

Birthday Cake!Mr. Cakespy enjoying his Royale with Cheese
And as if it couldn't get any better, after leaving Cupcake Royale we even got to play a few rounds of my favorite game from childhood (and still), skee-ball!--at the nearby King's Hardware.
Yes indeed, this was the best birthday ever! Thank you so much for making Cakespy.com's first year a super sweet one!
An extra special thank you to Cupcake Royale for providing the perfect venue for a perfectly sweet party! And even if you're not in Seattle, you can still enjoy their sweetness from afar via cupcakeroyale.com.

 

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Reader Comments (35)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to both of you! Looks like an amazing, and very well-deserved, celebration. Congratulations on one year of Cakespy and all the accomplishments that came along with it. Here's to many more! :)

August 24 | Unregistered CommenterRicki

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to both of you! Looks like an amazing, and very well-deserved, celebration. Congratulations on one year of Cakespy and all the accomplishments that came along with it. Here's to many more! :)

August 24 | Unregistered CommenterRicki

Happy birthday Cakespy!

August 24 | Unregistered CommenterPsychgrad

Royale with Cheese you say? I could eat one of those in honour of your birthday very easily!

Glad the party was such a 'sweet' success.

August 24 | Unregistered CommenterDana McCauley

How totally awesome! Looks like a great time was had by all, and I just checked out your Flickr set (I haven't been on Flickr in over a year...perhaps I should get back to it), too. Congratulations and happy birthday!!

August 24 | Unregistered CommenterWandering Coyote

Happy Birthday Cakespy!

August 24 | Unregistered CommenterJerri

I so wish I lived in Seattle so I could have come to your party! Here's a big cupcake lovin' birthday hug from the south.

August 24 | Unregistered CommenterBakerella

Happy birthday again. It was so nice meeting you, you are about the cutiest person I ever met!!!
And I was so in love with those strawberry cupcakes that I had to take one home. And of course this week I will make a version of my own!

August 24 | Unregistered CommenterPeabody

It wa so nice to see you! Those cupcakes were awesome! How do they make them so soft?
Anyway I can't wait until next year.

August 24 | Unregistered Commenterfrantic foodie

It wa so nice to see you! Those cupcakes were awesome! How do they make them so soft?
Anyway I can't wait until next year.

August 24 | Unregistered Commenterfrantic foodie

It wa so nice to see you! Those cupcakes were awesome! How do they make them so soft?
Anyway I can't wait until next year.

August 24 | Unregistered Commenterfrantic foodie

Happy birthday Jessie and Cupie! It sounds like you had a wonderful time! Well deserved I'd say!

August 25 | Unregistered CommenterClumbsy Cookie

Happy birthday - looks like you had a great day.
There must've been something special about yesterday...I had a special cake day too!

love the cake and love the cupcakes more. you know what, my bday is round the corner, reckon i should email your URL to my friends so they get the hint that i want a massive cupcake bday bash. lol.

August 25 | Unregistered Commenterdiva

Happy birthday Jessie and Cuppie and Cakespy.com! Wonderful party!

August 25 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

Looks wonderful! Happy Birthday!!!

August 25 | Unregistered Commentera.

happy birthday to you jessie and cuppie! Wishing you all the best and what a party!

August 25 | Unregistered Commenterveron

a very merry birthday to you! where there is skee-ball, there i shall be also. :)

August 25 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

happy birthday to you and cakespy! what a nice gift form mr. cakespy, very fitting and from tiffany... what a lucky gal.

August 25 | Unregistered CommenterKrysta

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Here's to many, many more! Thanks for all the cupcake goodness you bring!

OMG-I want a Royale with Cheese very badly, looks amazing!

Happy Birthday!
Also, I am now craving a Royale With Cheese... chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting is my most favorite. Ever. And the Pulp Fiction reference is just a cherry on the sundae!

August 25 | Unregistered CommenterSweet Charity

It looks like a fantastic time was had by all! So jealous. =)

August 25 | Unregistered Commenternoisy penguin

So sorry I missed this :( Sat down with cats; woke up too late to go!

Sounds like I chose the wrong time to nap with cats!

August 25 | Unregistered CommenterOwl Chick

Looks like the perfect party!! So wish I could have been there to celebrate with you Jessie! You deserve all the sweetness in life you can get :-) Happy Birthday!!

August 25 | Unregistered CommenterVegan_Noodle

Haaaaaapyyyy Biiiiirthdaaaayyyy toooooo youuuuuu.... Haaaaapyyyyy Biiiiirthdaaaaay tooooo youuuuuu! Congrats!

August 25 | Unregistered CommenterEB
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