Cupcake connoisseurs and Trophy Cupcake fans, get ready to rejoice. Trophy Cupcakes & Party has a new location and a new concept at its Bellevue location: a grownup-style bakery-cafe-champagne bar. Offering sweet and savory goodies morning ’til night, grab-and-go lunch options, gourmet picnic items and wine, beer (and even Prosecco on tap!), Cafe Trophy is already a huge hit among parents and kiddos alike.

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A Sophisticated Space
Once a tiny second floor shop at The Bravern, Trophy Cupcakes & Party’s Bellevue location (now appropriately called Cafe Trophy) resides in a beautiful space on the first floor. The 2,000-square-foot shop is gorgeous and bright, with marble countertops contrasted against a lacquered cement floor and dark, warm wood. Gold accents adorn the shop, from the railings up to an elevated seating area, giving the space an elegant yet inviting feel. This new space, unlike Trophy’s other shops, also offers a mix of tables, bar stools, and even a few cozy couches in a perfect lounging corner. However, you will still find Trophy’s classic blue in its chic new pastry boxes and little details around the shop.

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Expanded Menu Items
Along with expanded hours (Mon-Sat. from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sun. from 8 a.m.-7 p.m.), Cafe Trophy offers an amazing array of delish treats including cupcakes, of course, along with stunning macaroons and luxe french pastries like cannelles, croissants, tortes and cookies. You’ll find house-made granola and Ellenos yogurt parfaits on the morning menu along with savory puff pastries; lunch menu items include grilled flatbread, quiches and sandwiches like the croissant BLT or The Frenchy: a classic ham sandwich with cornichons on a buttered baguette. You will also find a variety of salads on the menu including a kale caesar with croissant croutons, the Trophy Cobb and owner and founder Jennifer Shea’s favorite beet salad. Plan your visit at dinner time and nosh on a beautiful cheese and charcuterie platter paired with a wine and beer list, curated by Marc Papineau of Bar Ferd’nand that highlights family owned domains, with a special attention to grower/producer Champagnes. Oh, and did we mention the Prosecco on tap?

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Hit the Market
If you’ve got the Littles in tow and can’t possibly sit and sip a glass of bubbly with your sweet treat, there’s a market section of the Cafe (complete with an impressive wine selection), as well as Shea’s favorite baking ingredients, grab-and-go lunch items and a selection of gourmet picnic items like chocolate, cheese, charcuterie and olives. Grab a few items and make a date night (at home!) after the kids go to bed.

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Can’t-Miss Sweets
Any dessert selection at Cafe Trophy is a home run, but our faves include the mint chocolate, salted caramel and hummingbird cupcakes (the hummingbird is basically a fancy, tropical style carrot cake). And you really can’t go wrong with any flavor of the macaroons—made even fancier with gold and silver sparkles!

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The Inspiration Behind the New Shop
This beautiful new space was a dream of Shea’s and many years in the making. Believing “every day should be a celebration,” Shea has guided her company in that joyful direction with Café Trophy. “The cafe is an exciting evolution of Trophy,” says Shea. “We’ve been testing macarons for ages, getting them and the rest of the pastries to perfection. Bringing Chuck Dugo on board [the executive pastry chef at San Francisco’s acclaimed Slanted Door for thirteen years], launched my big dreams for the cafe even further into the stratosphere, and I can’t wait to welcome guests new and old into the gorgeous, lively space.”

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Cafe Trophy at The Bravern
700 110th Ave. N.E., Suite 195
Bellevue, Wa 98004
425-361-0033
Online: cafetrophy.com

Hours: Mon.-Sat., 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

Have you experienced the deliciousness and fabulousness that is the new Cafe Trophy? Let us know in the Comments below!

— Jennifer B. Davis