Colorado, particularly in the larger cities, features custom bakeries, with most providing specialized cakes and cupcakes. The more elaborate the design, such as fondant icing or gum paste flowers, the higher the cost. Most bakeries require six months’ notice for wedding cakes, and anywhere from one to two weeks’ notice for customized novelty cakes.
A half-mile from the capitol building, Gateaux Specialty Cakes and Pastries (gateauxpastries.com) offers up baked goods such as tea cookies, tortes, tarts and cupcakes. The bakery also serves a variety of special occasion cakes, highlighting events such as weddings, birthdays and bridal or baby showers. Clients choose from cake selections such as banana, almond and marble, as well as such fillings that include apricot preserves, toasted coconut mousse and seasonal berries. Cakes serve 8 to 100 people.
Two blocks south of Denver’s sprawling City Park, Mulberries Cake Shop (mulberriescakeshop.com) specializes in customized cakes, offering options such as spice swirl, butter pecan and lemon cake. Flavors include buttercream and cream cheese icing, and fillings include Bavarian cream, chocolate pudding and strawberries. The bakery teamed with local florist Brilliant Blooms (brilliant-blooms.com) to offer package deals featuring cakes and wedding flowers, including centerpieces, bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages.
Fort Collins Area
The Mixing Bowl Baking (themixingbowlco.com) serves a variety of goods, including muffins, coffeecake, cinnamon rolls and scones. The bakery offers specialty cupcakes and cakes, highlighting flavors such as Boston cream pie, pina colada and rocky road s’mores, and topped with buttercream frosting options such as marshmallow cream and peanut butter. Cakes serve 4 and 40 people. The bakery is a 10-minute walk from Edora Park.
Schmidt’s Bakery and Delicatessen (schmidtsbakery.com) is in Loveland, 16 miles south of Fort Collins. The German bakery features items such as bear claws, pies, cream puffs, German donuts and customized wedding cakes. The bakery sells customized cakes, sculpted into unusual shapes for special occasions, which serve 4 to 88 people. Frostings include cream cheese, buttercream and whipped cream, while cake selections include chocolate devil’s food, poppy seed almond and red velvet.
Tee & Cakes (teeandcakes.com), in the heart of downtown Boulder, is one block south of the pedestrian-only Pearl Street Mall. Customized cakes are offered with options such as your choice of size, number of tiers and flavors, including red velvet, banana truffle and cookies and cream. Cakes come with 2-D decorations or as carved 3-D pieces. Special order cupcakes feature decorations such as numbers, animals, flowers or initials to spell out personalized messages.
Intricate Icings Cake Design (intricateicings.com) is in Erie, 14 miles east of Boulder. The bakery offers customized novelty and wedding cakes. Specialty cakes include flavors such as zucchini lime pound cake, espresso and orange rum, as well as fillings such as blackberry curd, vanilla custard and tiramisu. The cake shop sees clients on an appointment-only basis.
Boonzaaijer’s Cakes (dutchpastry.com) offers customized 2-D and 3-D cakes featuring images such as castles, pirate ships, sports team’s logos and musical instruments. Customers may also order single layer, double layer or cakes by the sheet. Cakes serve 6 to 80 people, depending on your selections. Flavors include carrot, vanilla and chocolate, with fillings such as flavored Bavarian creams or fruit. The bakery is approximately seven miles northwest of downtown Colorado Springs.
Little London Cake Shoppe (littlelondoncakes.com) is within walking distance of three city parks. The shop specializes in customized wedding cakes, cupcakes and special occasion cakes. Icings include fondant, chocolate butter cream and whipped cream. Cake flavors include white chocolate, maple walnut and orange. Cakes serve 12 to 100 people — the minimum number for a cupcake order is one dozen. The cake shop offers gluten-free selections.