For 30 years, Cakes by Karen has graced gatherings with handmade cupcakes, tortes, and cakes culled from a tasty arsenal of flavors, fillings, and icings. The colorful, creative desserts pair with a variety of occasions, from multitiered wedding cakes decked out with elegant floral designs and smooth icing to fondant-capped tortes in the shape of powdered wigs for Presidents' Day. In addition to baking eye-catching treats, Cakes by Karen furnishes partiers and newlyweds with limousine packages replete with champagne, deluxe stereo systems, and luxurious stretch-limo transportation.
Savory and sugary scents envelop customers when they walk inside Winchell's Donut House. That's because the shop specializes in 70 varieties of fresh cakey donuts and breakfast baked goods. Inside every dozen, staff sneak in 14 jelly donuts, crullers, long johns, and twists, with each available in a range of flavors and icings. Just as they pack their "dozen" with 14 donuts, they pack the individual donuts with fruity fillings such as strawberry, lemon, or raspberry. Then, they complement those flavors with cinnamon crumb topping, a dusting of donut sugar, or bittersweet chocolate icing. While they might use these same fruity flavors in their croissants, the bakers impart more savory flavors in their fresh bagels and sandwiches. To complement either type of breakfast food, the team brews Arabica coffee into flavors that evoke the season like a scarecrow, a snowman, or a scarecrow in snow pants and ski goggles. Impressively, Winchell's Donut House traces its roots back to 1948, no doubt because of its ability to unite savory with sweet on the menu.
Boxes of cake mix and premade frosting have no place in the kitchen of Mad Maddox Cakes. That's because the bakery's culinary-school-educated owner makes every cake and cupcake from scratch, infusing fresh batters with inventive flavors, such as caramel sea salt. The spot also crafts ornate multilayered wedding cakes and custom cakes sculpted into creative shapes. Patrons can also schedule cake tastings to choose from a series of cakes before a catered special event.
Cold Stone's ice cream inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its super-premium quality as it glides over taste buds. The ice cream generously welcomes dozens of toppings, as traditional as crumbled cookies and chopped nuts or as quirky as granola and black licorice. Choose your favorite ice cream from among dozens of silky flavors, such as Irish cream and butter pecan. Then make certain no one will try and steal a taste by topping it protectively with brownies, gumballs, and cherry pie filling. Whatever Frankencream you create, it'll be scooped cold off the grill into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl. Cold Stone's ice cream and toppings vary between seasons and location, and they also offer sorbet and an array of lighter toppings such as fruit and honey. Ice-cream creations run between $4 and $6, depending on size.
The resident patisserie professionals at Daniel's of Paris cull techniques from French cooking traditions to conjure decadent pastries, cakes, and breads. White mousse cakes nearly commit to monochrome snacking, drizzling spongy yellow genoise with white mousse and white chocolate shavings; slices of peach melba cake embellished with sliced peaches, raspberry filling, and Grand Marnier syrup tiptoe into mouths to surprise unsuspecting sweet teeth. Nosh on rich hunks of red velvet torte ($4) or nibble on butter croissants ($1.35) to add authenticity to picnics under Eiffel Towers made of Legos.
The sun has set on the town of Denver, but the neon sign on Winchell’s Donut House is still aglow. The familiar smell of baking donuts wafts out from the 24-hour establishment's door, drawing night owls in for steaming cups of coffee and french crullers, jelly donuts, and moist chocolate muffins. A shift change occurs come daytime; breakfasters replace nocturnal dwellers, chatting over freshly made bagels, spicy egg sandwiches, and meaty burritos before the lunch crowd shows up. The donut shop also offers delivery services throughout the local area, transporting freshly made pastries directly to a home, office, or secret rendezvous point at an all-vegetable convention.