New Developments in Dessert

Local dessert destinations are diversifying their portfolios.

Seattle’s abundant sweet shops appear to have taken some investment advice recently, going public with a more diverse slate of options. This summer, Cupcake Royale introduced a new line of in-house ice cream; Trophy Cupcakes and Molly Moon’s Ice Cream joined forces, serving cupcakes alongside ice cream at their respective locations on special occasions; and at its Wedgwood location (and others soon), Top Pot Doughnuts debuted a partnership with Snoqualmie Ice Cream, resulting in eight new doughnut-derived ice creams, including apple fritter (with, yes, chunks of apple fritter).

The cherry on top arrived in July, when Bluebird Microcreamery ( added a brewery to its Greenwood location and began offering house-made beer—as well as ice cream made with said beer, such as Theo Chocolate Stout and Caffé Vita Coffee Porter—and a line of teetotaler-friendly craft sodas (root beer, cream, sarsaparilla and cinnamon) perfectly fit for floats. Time will tell if this strategy pays off, but in the meantime, it sure sweetens the deal for customers.