The Yellow Leaf Cupcake Company is based in the Belltown district of Seattle and is known for its huge selection of gourmet cupcakes with flavors that range from classics like Red Velvet and Carrot to some very imaginative flavors like Pancakes n’ Bacon and Vanilla Habanero. Mike was kind enough to take the time to answer some questions about the origins of The Yellow Leaf Cupcake Company and why they offer something new and unique to the cupcake world.
I read that the two of you went on a cupcake adventure across America. What were some of the highlights of that trip?
We traveled from Los Angeles to Chicago looking at different cupcake shops, and we noticed that most shops were doing the exact same thing. One, they were all (for the most part) using the same frosting, American buttercream, which is easy and very inexpensive to make. Two, they were all catering to the same demographic, namely, moms with kids. There were turquoise frosting, neon green icing, fuchsia buttercream, and plastic toppers…you get my point. We really wanted to make a refined cupcake for grown-ups. “Sweet, simple, and sophisticated…cupcakes for adults!” This has become our motto, never overdone, rustic, and beautiful.
The Yellow Leaf Cupcake Company offers 200 rotating cupcake flavors! If you each had to pick a top 3, which flavors would you pick?
Well, Pancakes n’ Bacon is our claim to fame. We make this cupcake every day, and it is what the people are looking for! That flavor, along with our Tomato Soup cupcake, were both featured on the Cooking Channel’s Unique Sweets last year. We have people that travel from all over the world asking to try both of these fantastic cupcake options. We even had a group from Namibia recently stop by after seeing us on the Cooking Channel, which was pretty cool!
As for myself, anything with peanut butter! We do have a Cream Puff cupcake and a Pumpkin with Red Rooibos that are off the charts as well. Tony on the other hand LOVES sweet carrot, a recipe that was handed down from his mom. He also LOVES, LOVES, LOVES all of our caramel cupcakes, salted caramel in particular. We make all of our caramel in-house, and there is nothing better than housemade caramel!
Read the full interview at Best Friends For Frosting.