January 27 is National Chocolate Cake Day. Celebrate this once-a-year delicious day by visiting a Denver or Boulder bakery. Whether you like light milk chocolate cake, a dense flourless torte or a chocolate cake with an extra shot of stout beer, these bakeries have something to offer. Gluten-free and vegan cakes are also a possibility from some of these bakeries.

Spruce Confections chocolate cake (credit: Kimberly Lord Stewart)

Spruce Confections chocolate cake (credit: Kimberly Lord Stewart)

Spruce Confections
767 Pearl St.
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 449-6773

The small Boulder bakery has a big Denver presence. Spruce Confections’ treats are a common menu item at Denver Whole Foods and independent coffee shops such as Metropolis and Common Grounds. For chocolate cake lovers, there a lots of sweet options to choose from. For purists, Spruce Confections has a light chocolate with a light texture and milk chocolate buttercream. The dense chocolate cake is fudgy and brownie like. Spruce gets darker and richer with the chocolate oblivion, a flourless giant truffle with a coating of thick ganache. The sour-cream brownie cake is a tangy and chocolaty cake-size brownie. Black bottom cupcakes are a rich swirl of dense chocolate cake and cheesecake with a capping off of chocolate chips. Spruce will frost chocolate cakes with sweet buttercream (made with butter, sugar and agave) with vanilla, chocolate, espresso, raspberry, orange and mocha. Cakes can be ordered online, by phone or from any coffee shop or Whole Foods that carries any type of Spruce Confections. Gluten-free cakes are available.

Mulberries Cake Shop
2027 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 282-1044

Nothing is off the table at Mulberries. The talented bakers will satisfy every craving and every dreamy flavor combination you can come up with. If there is no such thing as too much chocolate, imagine a chocolate cake layered with chocolate pudding and iced with chocolate buttercream. Or perhaps German-chocolate filling is more to your liking? Mulberries has that too. Mulberries is also a master at cake art. Sugar flowers, fondant bows and pops of color make everyday look like a birthday or a special occasion at Mulberries. Call or stop by to see how this shop can make your chocolate dreams comes true.

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Cake Crumbs
2216 Kearney St.
Denver, CO 80207
(303) 861-4912

Cake Crumbs is so popular that it is expanding to a new off-site kitchen. But don’t worry, the Kearney Street, Park Hill location will still have all those lovely chocolate cake flavors. Chocolate peanut butter, chocolate and vanilla chocolate cake can be filled with chocolate frosting, chocolate peanut butter, cookies and cream, espresso or vanilla pastry cream. Buttercreams, fondants or ganaches are the final touch. Owners Denon and Sean Moore also have a rather well-known cupcake truck. Sean, the man behind the wheel and the bakery’s cupcakes, will provide his Smurf-blue truck at private parties, corporate and public functions.

Crave Dessert Bar and Lounge
891 14th St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 586-4199

Just when it seems that Crave Dessert Bar can’t get any more insanely delicious, it outdoes itself once again. As the breakfast bar, lunch lounge, tea house, cocktail hangout and dessert spot celebrates its one year anniversary, it continues to amaze. There are two chocolate cakes on the menu that are so over-the-top good. The Guinness chocolate cake is layered with peanut butter mousse and doused in chocolate sauce with an espresso coulis. The Mile-High chocolate cake is a deeply rich flourless cake, layered with caramel mousse and served with Baileys ice cream and banana crème brulee, and drizzled with espresso caramel.

Kim and Jake's Cakes (credit: Kimberly Lord Stewart)

Kim and Jake’s Cakes (credit: Kimberly Lord Stewart)

Kim and Jake’s Cakes
641 S. Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305
(303) 499-9126

Kim and Jake’s Cakes is a simple shop that specializes in cakes of all flavors, including chocolate and a chocolate stout cake made from Crystal Springs Imperial Stout and iced with milk chocolate frosting. Kim and Jake’s also caters to vegan and gluten-free cake lovers. The shop provides gluten-free and vegan cakes to Whole Foods in Cherry Creek, Wash Park and Capitol Hill. The cakes are made with oil, rather than butter, much like old-fashioned chiffon cakes, so they have a moist texture. Cakes are available in store and at Whole Foods locations listed above.

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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.