The Yellow Leaf Cupcake Co.

Written by on February 11, 2010 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Belltown
How I heard of this place: Through my friend and fellow gourmand, Brandon.
Type of cuisine: Cupcakes, coffee and loose leaf teas.
Ambiance: Casual – order at the counter and then sit at one of a limited number of tables. Varied atmosphere in terms of it being both a place to relax for a cup of coffee with a friend, doing work or studying using free wifi service, reading a book or the daily newspaper, or picking up a cupcake or dozen to go.
What I ordered: The first time I was there, I ordered a lemon chiffon and a raspberry chocolate ($3-$4). This time, as I walked by, I simply had to pop in for a view at their selection. They make over one-hundred cupcakes at The Yellow Leaf, so you never know what you’re going to get. But know that their best-sellers, signature Tomato Soup cupcake doesn’t last into the day. I requested favorites and/or recommendations, which seemed hard for one of the two owners to give, but I ended up with Creme Brulee and Chocolate Cashew Caramel.
What I loved: I loved that the two came with a surprise, were light but sweet enough to give any cravings satisfaction. Not overwhelmingly sweet or over-powering in any way. The Chocolate Cashew Caramel comes with a chocolate bottomed-cake, layered with a vanilla cake and topped with a mountain of beautiful, fluffy and light caramel cream. Oh! And as if that is not enough, it’s beautifully decorated with a half-dipped in chocolate raw cashew nut. As I ate and enjoyed the beautiful flavors, I was suddenly surprised by a small dollop of chocolate frosting in the midst of the caramel cream. With the Creme Brulee – a vanilla cake with a swirl of sweet cream, topped with a square of burnt sugar – I was surprised to find a dollop of true creme brulee cooked into the cupcake itself!
Why I loved it: The treats are beautiful and perfect for gifts or a small delicacy to enjoy in an evening at home alone. Additionally, the owner seems to be there often, which makes for a very homey and personal feeling. Mostly, though, it’s fun to go because you never know what you’re gonna get!
Cost: mid- to high for a cupcake/pastry and tea/coffee ($6-$8)

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