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2209 4th Ave, Seattle, WA | Directions 9812147.614790 -122.342958
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Belltown
Three words: Italian Butter Cream. Be a hero and order a dozen or two for your office mates. You can choose from so many crazy good flavors that you'll be sure to please all of your colleagues. Free delivery is just icing on the (cup)cake.
Yellow Leaf has a nice variety of flavours and strikes the right cake to frosting balance for those that don't like cupcakes that err on the side of frosting.
Cupcakes that stand out! – Okay, so I feel I am working my way up the cupcake ladder. I have been to Sprinkles, Trophy's, Kara's, Cupcake Royal, Cupcake Jones and a few more. I recently added a visit to The Yellow Leaf in Seattle. I chose 4 cupcakes to bring home with me along with some cupcakes from Trophy's. I used my Mom's birthday dinner to stage an impromtu tasting. The winner was clearly The Yellow Leaf. The flavors we tried were: Rootbeer Float, Pancakes & Bacon, Lavender Lemon and Strawberry Red Velvet. The two favorites were Lavender Lemon and Strawberry Red Velvet. All the cupcakes were very flavorful with just the perfect amount of sweetness. I am looking foward to my next trip tio Seattle and another stop at The Yellow Leaf Cupcake Co.
Citysearch Editorial Review – If Seattle has an affinity for a certain baked good, it is undoubtedly the cupcake. Many bakeries around Seattle specialize in this treat, and Yellow Leaf Cupcakes has staked its claim in Belltown. The shop is small, but warm yellow walls make the space cozy rather than cramped. A few tables are pushed up against the walls and windows, but the eye is immediately drawn to the rows of colorful cupcakes on the counter. Their repertoire includes over 100 flavors topped with Italian butter cream frosting, including specialties like Earl Grey, white chocolate wasabi, apple turnover and their most popular flavor, pancakes ‘n bacon (only available on the weekends). Daily cupcake selection varies, so visiting often always results in finding something new. Noon is the best time to visit: by closing all but a few types are sold out, though there is a perk to arriving late–any remainders are 40 percent off.
Forgo Top Pot for a Yellow Leaf Cupcake – There are better cupcakes in town – but Yellow Leaf does deliver when it comes to creativity and flavor combinations (although sometimes overdone). However, if you drop by too late in the afternoon (say 3 pm) you could be SOL. The bakery doesn’t churn them out as much and frequently as the other guys do, but then again this may be a result of its inconspicuous location in Belltown. Harder to find means less foot traffic. It doesn’t help that the yellow logo and sign is hard to locate – look for Bell Thai, it’s next door.
Different strokes for different folks… but Yellow Leaf’s gourmet frosting – a self-proclaimed ‘differentiator’ – tastes more like flavored shortening. The cake isn’t much better – while flavor combinations dazzle, the moistness is hit or miss from one to the next. Yellow Leaf earns points for offering a delicious selection of teas from Art of the Tea as well as French Press coffee from Fonte. During the summer days, try their amazing Toddy-made iced coffee – sweet and chocolaty without the guilt!
Whatever your cupcake affiliation or preference, Yellow Leaf deserves credit for supporting local causes and charities each month. Look for the rotating "Yellow Heart" charity cupcake because $1.00 from every cupcake sold goes to support the charity in need.
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