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Royal Cupcakes & Bakes

Sweets on display.  Credit: Christopher Balza

Sweets on display. Credit: Christopher Balza

There needs to be a small of a disclaimer to this review. Not only do I love cake in any form, but I also am passionate about the entrepreneurial spirit. Royal not only decided to take a risk in their new food truck venture (a concept that has been much debated, yet loved by the general public in Chicago) but they decided to start an additional bricks and mortar store.

Seeing as the store just opened a few days prior to my review, I was not expecting too terribly much in way of atmosphere given the small nature of the business. When I entered, a gentleman who was very eager to answer my questions and show me around the beautifully displayed cupcakes and bakes warmly greeted me. Immediately I could tell his true and genuine interest in helping me select just the right item for my taste, given the vast selection before me.

The bake case contained not only cupcakes but also assorted wedges of cake, cheesecakes, and small “sample sized” cake squares. I would recommend getting two to four cake squares to create the perfect sampler. In addition to sweets, Royal offered assorted breads, coffee cakes, butter cookies and meat pastries (all pictured). You can certainly gather the undertone of the owner’s heritage given the additional items they offer. In talking with the employee, Royal is also planning to offer a selection of coffee beverages as well as soft serve.

Now, on to the tasting! I had two very willing volunteers to help me so I could provide different perspectives on the “Chocolate Nutella” and “Red Velvet” cupcakes we sampled. Though Mark and I were not overly impressed with our tastings of both, my friend Matt thoroughly enjoyed his Red Velvet cupcake. Mark and I both agree the flavor was decent, semi moist but the frosting to cake ratio was a bit too much in way of frosting.


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