From hard candy to extravagant cakes, Colorado’s sweet tooth is never left unsatisfied. As this craving for confections becomes more apparent to the culinary masters that call Denver home, one tasty trend has emerged–the hand-crafted cupcake. Offering countless variations of cake topped with creamy frosting, here are Denver’s top spots for cupcake lovers.
Hours: Mon to Sat—6 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sun—6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Price: Single cupcake $1.00-$4.75 ($.25 off each cupcake with purchase of 12 or more)
Cake Crumbs serves delicious breakfast and lunch items along with perfectly baked cakes in a spot with a neighborhoody vibe. Among Cake Crumbs’ most popular items? Cupcakes. Cupcake lovers can choose from familiar favorites such as red velvet and innovative cupcake mixtures such as double lime (lime cake filled with house-made lime curd topped with cream cheese frosting). If you don’t have time to stop by the shop, just keep your eyes peeled for Cake Crumb’s popular cupcake truck. Just follow the truck on Facebook or Twitter and meet it at its nearest stop.
Hours: Mon to Fri—9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat—10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sun—11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Price: Single cupcake $3.25
By baking its cupcakes fresh everyday, Gigi’s provides its customers a giant list of daily revolving goodness. The menu covers every taste bud imaginable; even offering something for those who don’t want something sweet. Here you’ll find unique takes on cakes like the Kentucky Bourbon, made with pecans and topped with caramel and ganache, and the Raspberry Buckle rimmed with sugar cookies and topped with raspberry filling. Gigi’s is the perfect one-stop cupcake shop–it has something for everyone.
Hours: Mon to Sat—10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun—Closed
Price: Single cupcake $1.65- $5.50; Box of dozen cupcakes $18.00- $33.00
Using only the freshest and best ingredients available, Happy Cakes creates delicious cakes, pies, truffles, cookies and just about every sweet treat a customer’s heart desires, including the beloved cupcake. In addition to daily offerings, Happy Cakes also provides a few special creations for each day of the week, making sure that its customers always have something new to try. Happy Cakes also makes its specialty-diet customers smile by offering gluten-free, vegan and allergen-free cupcakes and treats.
Editor’s Note: A store featured on this list has since closed. The Shoppe, used to be located at 3103 East Colfax Ave. Lovely Confections was also featured on this list but it has moved and changed names and is now a non-retail operation. It used to be 1489 Steele Street.
Zack Christofferson is a freelance writer living in Denver. He is a self proclaimed beer geek and enjoys tasting and discussing Colorado’s wide selection of wonderful beers. His work can be found here