Finding a last-minute, beautifully crafted, high-quality cake for a special occasion or spring gathering can be a tall order, but Cake Crumbs Bakery & Cafe at 2216 Kearney Street is here for panicked procrastinators with its daily stock of 6 “Pinch cake options.” I think the convenience and variety of flavors, and the fact that you can buy a cake that looks personalized right out of the case, is a unique opportunity for many customers, especially because we offer it in five different flavors,” says Katie Magner, who bought the company five years ago with her husband, Joe.
Located in a pedestrianized part of Park Hill for almost fifteen years, Cake Crumbs has grown from a bakery specializing in custom orders to a thriving local institution offering a variety of items and services – a progression largely driven by its loyal customers. . “I feel like Cake Crumbs is his own living, breathing beast, and I’m here for the steward and captain of the ship,” Magner says. “We have many, many regulars who come here every day, who can come and have a cup of coffee as part of their morning routine, they can come and open their laptops for a few hours and have a work meeting, or meet a friend for lunch.
While sweet desserts such as cake pops and a variety of cupcakes remain staples of the shop, Cake Crumbs also serves an expanded breakfast and lunch menu that rotates seasonally. It is available from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. “We kind of revised a lot of things on the menu and recreated a lot of the recipes,” Magner says. “It may be the same breakfast sandwich on the menu, but now it comes with red pepper aioli. We’ve also added things that are a bit more interesting, or maybe trendy, like avocado toast.” The Magners have also added alcoholic beverages to the bakery’s lineup. Customers can now pair the Bake Shop Chicken Salad Sandwich with a cold brew coffee or, depending on the day’s requirements, an Aperol spritz.
A recent unexpected but thriving business model shift — prompted by pandemic restrictions — is a variety of on-the-go convenience items, the most sought-after being take-out cinnamon rolls ($18). “It’s frozen, with four cinnamon rolls in a package,” says Magner. “You bring it home, let it rise overnight, and cook it in the morning, and it’s so good.”
Customers can even enjoy their Saturday morning cinnamon rolls with a cup of home-brewed Cake Crumbs coffee, which is roasted on-site and sold in five-pound bags. “We have a Bellwether coffee roaster which is a self-contained, zero-emissions unit,” Magner notes. “It’s great for a place like us, which roasts primarily for on-site consumption, but also for purchasing whole beans for customers.”
Cake Crumbs’ cafe also caught the eye of Lucina, a new Latin restaurant across the street on Kearney. “They approached us to provide them with the coffee for their restaurant,” says Magner. “We sell them the whole bean to make a popular French press coffee after the meal. We also make espresso for their espresso martinis.
Over the past few years, Cake Crumbs’ menu expansions and updated drink offerings may be the most notable changes; however, the business has also seen a positive increase in catering requests as well as hosting special events like engagement parties, bridal showers and retirement parties. “I think this place is truly unique and special because of the confluence of three things: we take great care of what we serve and are very intentional in what we offer our customers; we have a truly wonderful and supportive community , which was very evident in their interest in helping us survive the worst times of the pandemic; and we have a really great staff,” Magner says. “So my intention on a daily basis is to nurture those three things to make sure that we are still working and running smoothly. When these things are all in tune and settled, we do very well.
Pop into Cake Crumbs anytime for a sweet treat like a lemon-ginger scone, or submit a pre-order through Toast for its prepared Easter brunch, which serves four people and features bakery-made strata, vegetable salad greens, a yogurt parfait and, of course, his famous cinnamon buns to go.
Cake Crumbs Bakery and Cafe is located at 2216 Kearney Street in Denver and is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit www.cake-crumbs.com.