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January 6, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Baker gives Royale salute to Gregoire: Thanks, baby(cakes)

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A Roy G. Biv of cupcakes, photo by Jody Hall

Baby, they were baked that way.

Cupcake Royale whisked together a big “thank you” to Gov. Christine Gregoire yesterday for her support for legalizing gay marriage in Washington state. “Thank you Christine Gregoire! These cakes are for YOU!!” read the caption to the Facebook photo showing trays upon trays of babycakes frosted in all the colors of the rainbow. It hit a company record for “likes,” hitting 300+ within an hour.

“Do these cupcakes make me look gay? :)” asked the first commenter.

The second replied that no, they made the state look fabulous.

Gregoire and her staff will get a personal thank-you delivery of fresh rainbow cakes this coming week, Cupcake Royale owner Jody Hall said. (The batches in the photograph were for a friend’s birthday). Hall has done a “gay cupcake” in the past as a fund-raiser for the It Gets Better project, and been generally active in political and business issues. For her personally, this latest twist has been especially sweet.

“I’m a lesbian business owner that employs 75 people in my five Puget Sound area cafes. I’m also “civil unioned” in the state of Washington, and my partner Kelly and I have a little boy who’s almost 3 named Truman,” Hall said.

“I contribute a great deal to our society — by providing amazing cupcakes to our customers, by providing great jobs that come with health care coverage, and by donating over 40,000 cupcakes a year to non-profits. Yet I’m a second class citizen when it comes to my civil rights as an American. I’m so proud of our governor for standing with the GLBT community in putting forth legislation that may well bring equality to all in our state.”

The politics may be controversial, but the baked goods remain straightforward. The rainbow cakes aren’t for sale (they’re thinking about adding them, given the post’s popularity), but plain vanilla and chocolate are on the menu too.

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