[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

When Jessie Oleson (aka Cakespy) swung by Serious Eats headquarters yesterday, she didn't come empty-handed. Nope, she was clutching two non-cupcake goodies from the Seattle cupcakery, Cupcake Royale. "I almost missed my flight because of these!" She had brought us The Deathcake Royale.

Only available around Valentine's Day, this is probably the most decadence you can shove into a little $6.65 square. It's a layer of the bakery's classic chocolate cake topped with ganache made with Stumptown espresso and a fudgy layer of Theo Chocolate, all dipped in dark chocolate ganache with some chocolate shavings thrown on top.

Jessie bragged that she ate a whole one once and we figured, ha, we probably could too. But then after trying a niblet of the Death, um maybe not. My lungs still felt coated in chocolate an hour later. So if you're in the Seattle area before Sunday, snag one. It's so serious, Cupcake Royale even screenprinted underwear inspired by it.

Cupcake Royale

Check cupcakeroyale.com for multiple locations


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