Most know that the way to an iguana's heart is through its stomach, but it is useful to remember that human stomachs can be reached through the mouth, nose, eyes, and—if it's an emergency—the number written on the refrigerator's dry-erase board. Today's Groupon stimulates your gentle iguana heart with a sensational feast of sweet tastes, smells, and sights. For $22, you get $50 worth of specialty cakes, cupcakes, and more at Cakes by Crème de la Crème in Renton.
Pastry chefs Michael Jones and Bart Utz—the foremen of Crème de la Crème's confectionery construction crew—build festive, multi-tiered wedding and specialty cakes, pastry platters, cookies, and more. Like a champion caber tosser, Crème de la Crème shamelessly flaunts its delicious 9" round dessert cakes ($49 each)––pre-cut into 16 servings and available in a variety of flavors, including banana-strawberry cream, lemon citron, and chocolate marble cheesecake (also available in miniature 6" proportions starting at $35). Tasty tarts (11", $49 each) are cast in the roles of apple almond, blackberry shortbread, and caramel nut and can be found sashaying across red-carpet tongues for a palatable premiere. For special occasions, see their full list of specialty cake sizes and prices.
Cakes by Crème de la Crème
Like all great stories, Cakes by Crème de la Crème's was written through persistence. Pastry chefs Michael Jones and Bart Utz first met when they were taking baking courses together. They formed a partnership, worked at several establishments, then pooled their resources and struck out on their own, starting Cakes by Crème de la Crème. The duo, who have chalked up experience working at venues such as the Washington Athletic Club and the Sunset Club, combine their expertise to craft delicious and visually intricate cakes for all occasions. This expertise has garnered press attention from The Knot, who recently included them in their "Best of Weddings 2013" feature.
Their tiered wedding cakes roll out a spectacle for the eye and the tongue, with romantically elegant designs finished in buttercream icing and fondant. They customize cakes to each client’s specifications by creating a unique border or design, and by giving customers a choice of unique flavors, such as banana cake with strawberry preserves and cream-cheese filling. Jones and Utz also specialize in affordable dessert cakes, tortes, and tarts and custom party cakes, which they can mold into inspired designs such as stacks of favorite books, a college’s logo, or a turntable with vinyl records on top—an homage to the days when every cake was also a record player.