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Trends for 2014 weddings lean towards individual style and a flair for the unconventional. Cakes, while still a centerpiece during the reception, now include dessert bars with a dizzying array of statement confections like macaroons, whoopie pies, gluten-free cupcakes and petite pies. Visit these Denver shops for all of your sweet treat wedding needs.
Anything But Vanilla
Founder and owner Jene Alie doesn’t have an aversion to vanilla, she just loves making memories with cakes. With a career in architecture, the attention to detail is profound with flavor choices defying the typical wedding cake. Pair Moroccan mocha cake with honey goat cheese frosting, maple bacon cake with chocolate ganache or Champagne cake with orange cream frosting. Dark chocolate Guinness and dark chocolate cabernet cake are a great fit for culinary queens. For brides that prefer more traditional flavors, you can’t go wrong with chocolate cake and caramel buttercream or vanilla cake with lemon curd frosting. Anything But Vanilla is by appointment only and suggests giving ample time before the big day.
3434 W 32nd Ave.
Denver, CO 80211
Happy Cakes is known for its unique confections and delicious cupcakes. Cupcakes have become a top seller for weddings, but trending for 2014, according to Laura Reynolds, are mixed dessert bars. Brides are choosing French macaroons, mini pies, cookies, bars and whoopie pies to keep guests entertained while pairing the table with a small wedding cake for cutting, photos and the couple’s first anniversary. Beautifully decorated, small cutting cake favorites include red velvet with vanilla butter cream, German chocolate cake with white chocolate ganache and chocolate salted caramel cake with butterscotch ganache. Happy Cakes excels in gluten, egg and dairy free cakes and cupcakes with vegan frostings.
Leaf And Crumb
4416 E. 8th Ave.
Denver, CO 80220
Jennifer Akina founded Leaf and Crumb in the midst of earning a doctorate in Pharmacology, choosing to forgo the medical world and instead use those deft skills to enhance her love of baking. Infusing cake batter with quality teas and then creating exotic buttercreams and frostings, Leaf and Crumb delivers remarkable flavor combinations. Sweet Asian pear tea cake and Moscato buttercream is a perfect spring wedding cake, while Matcha green tea cake with cream cheese frosting and toasted coconut screams summer garden wedding. Other popular flavor combinations include strawberry rose Champagne tea cake and strawberry buttercream and honey jasmine tea cake with honey buttercream.
Mulberries Cake Shop
2027 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
Mulberries is well known for its unique themes, accents, funky shapes and colors of wedding cakes. Multi-layered square cakes are expertly accented with ribbons while a more traditional five-layer round cake can feature a cascading splash of frosted roses or an icing topper of flowers and a grass-inspired border. Cake flavors include lemon poppy seed, spice swirl, butter pecan, lemon and marble with surprise fillings such as chocolate pudding, Bavarian cream and fresh fruit. More traditional brides can opt for vanilla, chocolate or yellow cake with buttercream icing.
Vollmer’s Cheesecake Factory And Bakery
4004 Grape St.
Denver, CO 80216
Vollmer’s Cheesecake Factory and Bakery has been a staple in Denver since 1932. Offering family recipes that have been steeped in old word flavors and techniques, only all-natural ingredients are used without flavor enhancers or artificial coloring. While traditional in technique, Mulberries does offer a contemporary twist on wedding cakes – cheesecake. Made to order, each cake is created to resemble a wedding cake but retains the traditional cheesecake consistency and flavor. The bakery will also custom make dessert bars and pastries for the farewell brunch.
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