Believe it or not, there are some people who do not like cupcakes. However, many of those people grew up attending birthday parties with the little cakes made with sickening sweet, grocery store “butter cream” frosting. If you consider yourself in this camp, you’ll be surprised to learn that the cupcake has evolved big time! And we think you owe it to yourself to do some “research” before your kiddo’s next big bash. To help you with that task, we’ve rounded up the best places in town to indulge. Flip through the gallery for the sweet details.

Cupcake Royale

When Jody Hall launched Cupcake Royale's first shop in Madrona in 2003, she was pretty much running the only game in town. Now, Hall oversees half a dozen thriving locations in a crowded cupcake landscape—she’s even added a line of ice creams (many of which have cupcake crumbs folded in) and Stumptown cold brew on tap. The bakeshop’s menu is based on locally sourced, organic ingredients, with spring and summertime flavors starring seasonal ingredients like rhubarb, lemon and strawberry. Gluten-free options are available as well.

Cupcake Royale can be found on Capitol Hill, Ballard, Madrona, West Seattle, Downtown and Queen Anne. Visit their website for locatons and contact information.

Online: cupcakeroyale.com

photo: Chelsea Lin

Can anything replace the cupcake in dessert supremacy? Tell us your favorite sweet treat (and where to find it) in the comments below!

— Jeff Totey, Chelsea Lin & Sara Billups