New York Cupcakes...in Washington State

Reader Michelle writes in with this report about NewYorkCupcakes in Bellevue, Washington:

"NewYorkCupcakes. This small storefront is in Bellevue Square, one of the upscale shopping malls near Seattle. The store is not much to look at-the atmosphere sucks, but the black/white cupcake with llight chocolate frosting is good. The frosting is more fluffy than I usually like, but it is still acceptable. The cake is better at this store than Cupcake Royale, which is more crumbby and DRY! The frosting is better at Cupcake Royale, though. Sweet. The teens that work there frost and add sprinkles, gummy bears, etc to your cupcake when you order it. The prices are steep. $ 2.30 for ONE cupcake $ $ 2.50 for the half choc/vanilla combo, or $ 1.25 for a mini, but it's just one bite. Overall, worth it if you NEED a cupcake at the mall. Otherwise, make them at home."

Comments

Angela said…
Hey! You should all go and check out New York Cupcakes at Bellevue Square. You had posted that the atmosphere sucks but that was only because they did not have their real signs up yet as they were not finished by opening day. It looks so terriffic in there now and the customer service was great. I went in there on Friday and got the Julie's Banana Cream and OMG it was the best tasting cupcake in the world! Like the real thing. Their cake is really moist and dense so you are not eating a sponge like you do over at Cupcake Royale. The frosting is pure buttercream so it is kosher and oh so yummy! I grabbed one of their flavor slips and there were over 25 different selections that they have and it looks like they serve about 10 or so at a time. They had flavors with great names!! Like Mint to Be, Manhattan Mint, Bada Bing Cherry, Cheatin with Chocolate, Pure Joy, Long Island Lemon, Metro Amaretto, Seattle Mocha Madness, Long Beach Coconut, Black Ty Affair, Strawberry Lemonade, Grand Central Strawberry, Royal Raspberry, Vanilla Bean Dream, Orange Dreamcicle and even a Margarita flavored one. The frosting on all of these are really yummy and fluffy or whipped I suppose and they are very generous with the portions. Even their minis and loaded with the yummy frosting and the cutest toppings ever! They have little flowers, chocolate curls gummy bears, infact each one has its own topping. I personally think that the prices are very reasonable, especially for the product that you are getting. The most pricy one is their New York Black and White and it is worth the 2.50 really. Just think about what you pay at the mall for icecream that is right across the hall from them. It is very comp. Please post this and let the people know that these really are GREAT cupcakes!! My family and friends are repeat customers, even though we sometimes have to wait in line! I don't think that I have ever been in there and been the only customer there. Luckily they have plenty of employees there to help!! Just had to put my 2 cents in! Thanks...love your site!!! Cupcakes Rule!!
Angie B. said…
Oh My Gosh!

Gotta go to New York Cupcakes in Bellevue Square (Seattle) I couldn't decide what to buy they all looked sooooo.... delicious! I ended up buying a dozen mini's so I could try all the different flavors offered that day. They looked so beautiful with different toppings sitting in the box I wanted to take a picture. The fluffy frosting just melts in your mouth, my favorite flavor so far is raspberry lemonade or maybe vanilla bean or mocha...they are all so good. The cake is moist and not overly sweet and I could just eat cup fulls of the creamy frosting. I always look forward to new flavors each time I stop in, I should probaly visit less often because I can tell these cupcakes must be sinfully fattening!--- Oh well
kkcupcake said…
Has anyone been to CUPCAKES ROYAL in Ballard? I want to get my FMIL a super special cupcake (or two)for her birthday and don't know which one to go with. I would try them both, but I'm watching these hips....hehehe... AND I know you can't have just one! Advice please!! :)
kkcupcake said…
Has anyone been to CUPCAKE ROYAL in Ballard? I want to get my FMIL a super special cupcake (or two)for her birthday and don't know which one to go with. I would try them both, but I'm watching these hips....hehehe... AND I know you can't have just one! Advice please!! :)
kkcupcake said…
Sorry for the double post earlier. K, so I went to New York Cupcakes earlier today and, um, I have to say, I wasn't that impressed. Don't get me wrong it wasn't terrible ('cakes are good), buuuuut I was hoping for a little more, um, how should I saw, cuteness. I thought the decorations were ok, and of course it's a mall store, so how much can you ask for, but I was a little disappointed in the presentation and cupcake-ness. What about some cute little pink carry out boxes, or more flavish frostings and toppings... hmmm... maybe I'm being too critical. I guess I'll have to give Cupcake Royal a try... I'll def' give a full report after ;)
frostinggirl said…
Well, I've made the trek to both stores and I gotta say New York Cupcakes wins hands down. There were four of us so we bought 4 different flavors and split them into quarters. So at Cupcake Royale, we got the white cake with chocolate frosting and it was "ok" but their cake is... grainy. Kind of like cornmeal. Then we tried the plain "buttercream" frosting one and though it was a little nostalgic but only because I made the same thing when I was 8 when I didn't care that frosting tasted like powdered sugar. It was all crusty on top too. The mint was way too strong and I LIKE mint. The lemon? I'm making a face just remembering it. We couldn't finish even a quarter of a cupcake of each flavor. We ended up with the box half full of leftover chunks of cake and frosting that we threw back in after we had one bite of each.

Now for New York Cupcakes. True, it's in a mall, but mall food sucks so I'm personally glad there's something good like a cupcake to eat when I need a little sugar rush so I can keep shopping :D Anyway, they had a lot more flavors and even more that they have on other days I guess. The chocolate was to die for. And no crumbly grainy cake here. Their plain buttercream was creamy like frosting should be with none of that icky powdered sugar taste to it. The lemon was so refreshing, I wanted more. And then there was the strawberry. Do they mash in fresh strawberries into it or what??? All I can say is WOW. Not even a few crumbs left from this purchase and I liked them so much I bought a couple to eat at home. The banana, which is like the other person said, incredible, and vanilla bean, which is like the best ice cream in the world but it's frosting!

The prices weren't different enough from each of the stores for me to care about a few pennies and quite frankly I think a few pennies would be too much to pay at Cupcake Royale.

New York Cupcakes here I come!
Anonymous said…
check out cupcakes by "Goodness Cakes" - I saw her Cupcake decorating station at a local Seattle Event and it was cool. Her cupcakes are all home-made and you can decorate them yourself (think Dairy Queen toppings!) Plus, she tops them with Buttercream frosting, or whatever else you might like. Check it out! http://www.mygoodnesscakes.com/cupcakes.htm
Anonymous said…
I am loving NYCupcakes at Bell Sq. So far I have tried the Banana, the lemon and the margerita (lime) and all were divine!

The minis are a great size for me. I take small bites and the richness of the product is enough to make up for the tiny size. I think a full size one would be too much.

I guess next time I will have to try out a chocolate variety.

My daughter is considering having them do her wedding.
Anonymous said…
Great to see that people are enjoying our simple but wonderful product. Working there has been a blast, my co-workers are some of the better people iv had the pleasure meeting.
Thanks for giving us a try!

Devon
-C said…
Everybody raved about New York Cupcakes at my friend Terrie's wedding. She held it at my house, and the #1 attraction were those delicious cupcakes. I knew of several guests who gobbled up more than a half-dozen each. One lady couldn't stop eating the strawberry icing'd one.

I'd also like to commend the people at New York Cupcakes. They treated Terrie and I with utmost care, respect, treated us as people, not sells. They took the time to go over the various million flavor options, and when it came time to set up, were at my home on time. They felt like regular guests, too.

A lot of other people will be calling on them because of their fantastic cupcakes.
Anonymous said…
I found these cupcakes to be light and tasty and I loved the fluffy frosting. The staff was very polite. I was also delighted to hear that the cupcakes were made with the finest ingredients, not made with lard, including the frosting. I will absolutly go back.
YetiGurl said…
Wow, Angela -- quite a photographic memory you got on ya! That's amazing that you remembered ALL those New York Cupcake flavors - just off the top of your head? Like, OMG! You're so full of helpful information about them, maybe you should consider buying a New York Cupcake franchise or something. Oh wait, maybe you already have???

P.S. Cupcake Royale RULES, New York Cupcakes DROOLS.

Juliette
Anonymous said…
Ya, Angela, sorry but that sounded like you had basically recited a training video, and you obviously own the store. TELL YOU WHAT, let me tell you about the experience I had, and then can I give you some suggestions that will drive the hell out of your business...... One of my friends had purchased a few of the minis and brought them back to his auto repair shop. I tried one, and thought it was pretty good. I was at Bellevue Square Last week, and said to my wife "we have to get a couple of those cupcakes" so we walked all the way accross the mall, and as we entered your store, I noticed your menu, and almost freaked at the prices. Well over $2 FOR A CUPCAKE. Instead of buying a few cupcakes, we ended up walking out, without buying anything. I was actually disappointed, but I just couldn't justify it. I have about 10 ideas that will drive your business THROUGH the roof. If your interested, I will give them to you free of charge. Email me....stevestarr@hotmail.com
Anonymous said…
I think the place is going down hill a bit lately. Went there twice the last few weeks.

The 1st time they don't have enough icing so only a few icing available... but at least it is good icing. Soft and Creamy. Pr ce is a bit steep but I think it is ok since it really does stand out from the crowd.

Yesterday was terrible. Mall closed at 9 pm and at 5 pm they told me all they have is banana, mocha and straberry icing and white cupcake. Anyway so I orderd the strawberry and banana. The banana icing is HARD and you can feel the sugar bits in them. Kind of close to Safeway standards. The straberry is better but still not as creamy as last time. $5 for 2 safeway quality cupcake is a bit too much for me. The QA really needs some improvement
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Anonymous said…
Went there on Halloween night since my kid insisted on having one... I was so reluctant to go there since my last few visits were nothing but a total waste of $ (see my post above).

The icing had improved and now they offered a postcard where you get to send in your feedback.

Staff was a lot more courteous than before as well.... We only bought a small one since this place is getting so UNPREDICTABLE on you are getting for some time. And this is NOT CHEAP.

Turns out ok. My wife did not complain nor she said that is SUPER like the 1st time. She did say still a bit sugary... I know nothing about cup cake may be the guy who did the blending on icying need to spend more time on mixing...

Johnny
Elaine said…
I've been to Cupcake Royale in Ballard several times and also had them at the Vivace's location on Capital Hill. They are alright, but I'd rather get just a NikoNiko at the Vivace just off Boren Ave across from REI....for the same price.

Today was my first visit to New York Cupcake at Bellevue Square and they win hands down. Grading is based on a flavorful, moist, texture, and unique creative flavors. I think the packaging could be a little better, but again, it's at the mall.

We're used to paying $2-$10 for a piece of utterly heavenly handmade caramel, so this wasn't extravagant, just delicious. It is great considering you are eating at the mall for heaven's sake! I was there at 4:00 pm and though it looked like there weren't many flavors left, it ended up working out great because I bought a dozen to taste test. We got: Lemon, Vanilla, Raspberry, Mint, Java, Tuxedo, Strawberry & a chocolate one.

These were surprisingly good: The raspberry, the lemon & the tuxedo.

I like the fact that you can get minis especially if you have little ones to feed! What a great idea!!! An ice cream bar is more than $2 anyway, so this isn't overly expensive in my opinion.