Cupcake Royale's Grand Opening on Capitol Hill was yesterday at 6 am. I got there around 9:30 am, and it was dead. To the detriment of my physical well-being, I went there (again) this morning around 10:30 am. Again, it was dead. I'm not an expert of when the hipsters like to get their cupcake 'fix', so I don't know yet if this spells doom for CRCH.
The space itself is wide open, and very white. It almost feels like being in a Stanley Kubrick film. As to the quality of their cupcakes, they have gotten markedly better. The frosting is softer now. The CR in Ballard's frosting was always hard and chunky.