Le Bakery Sensual (credit: CBS)
Wedding cakes, the quintessential symbol of the sweet life for the newly married couple, have changed over the years. Though white on white, towering tiers of cake and buttercream are still an option, today wedding cakes are as colorful as the bride and groom’s lifestyle. Bright fondants allow for custom colors and themes, and the artwork is museum quality. For some weddings, the cakes are downsized to cupcakes and petite fours or there is no cake at all. Ice cream bars, candy stations and even pies are replacing the traditional wedding cake. Any one of these bakeries can satisfy your most outrageous desires for your wedding.
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Gateaux Specialty Cakes and Pastries
1160 Speer Blvd.
Denver, CO 80204
Since 1999, owner Kathleen Kenny Davia has added a personal touch to wedding cake baking. Her team takes great care in making sure the bride and groom get just the right cake design, flavor and theme for the all-important day. Davia says the most unique cake the shop has made was when the bakery first opened. Gateaux’s first over-the-top cake was inspired by the bride and groom’s “Alice In Wonderland”-themed wedding. The cake included a teapot topper cake, polka dots, hearts, lots of gold metallic embellishments and a red-slathered “paint brush.” Another was a DIY cake for a wedding at the Denver Art Museum. It included five tiers of red velvet “checkerboard” print cake, as well as lemon yellow gradient cake, stacked evenly to one side. This created the perfect canvas for guests to leave edible well wishes and cute caricatures for the bride and groom to remember forever.
Le’ Bakery Sensual
300 E. 6th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
The name says it all. Le’ Bakery Sensual is a bakery that is serious about a cake that illustrates the sense of a wedding. No nuptial theme is too extravagant. For more than 30 years, Le’ Sensual has been known for wildly wonderful designs, such as a mock-up of a Modern Bride magazine cover for a bachelorette party, a groom’s baseball mitt cake or tipsy tiered wedding cakes that pop with color.
82 Inverness Drive E.
Englewood, CO 80112
www.cakeheadsbakery.comIf you are thinking of a cake idea that is out of the ordinary, Cakeheads is the kind of bakery that can take that idea, no matter how over the top, from concept to creation. The company has a gallery of mile-high cakes that make a statement to delicate, personalized cakes. Cakeheads also makes the most amazing whoopie pies in a variety of flavors that make fun take-home gifts for wedding guests or bridal shower party favors.
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Mulberries Cake Shop
2027 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
Mulberries Cake Shop is pop culture with frosting. Cakes can be made in every shape and size with a flavor to match. Mulberries will match any wedding color theme and create a cake that will get almost as much attention as the bride.
2216 Kearney St.
Denver, CO 80207
For a cupcake wedding, Cake Crumbs hits the sweet spot. The team can create any flavor or color of cupcakes to match the elegance and fun of a wedding. Cake Crumbs also does grown-up size cakes as a stand-alone or to match cupcakes. For an added bit of fun, ask about the cupcake truck. The Denver Cupcake Truck loves to be invited to weddings. If you are a pie lover, Cake Crumbs can bake up a nostalgic batch of old-fashioned favorites, like apple and cherry, or retro icebox pies such as ice-box lime or ice-box orange.
3000 E. 3rd Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
Sugarlicious isn’t a bakery. It’s a candy shop that can add bling and edible embellishment to any wedding dessert table. This shop can create candy buffets for ice cream bars, candy centerpieces for tabletops and themed sweets for wedding favors. Sugarlicious also has a fun selection of gifts and accessories for tabletop decorations and edible party favors.
Kimberly Lord Stewart is a food author and journalist for CBS Denver local, Organic Food Reporter for Examiner.com, and the Food, Wine and Spirits editor for Denver Life magazine. Her book, “Eating Between the Lines” tells readers about the truth and myths of food labeling. Stewart is the recipient of two Association of Food Journalist awards for food news reporting and the Jessie Neal Business Journalism award. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.