To end a great weekend of gluten free eating, Stevie and I checked out Happy Cakes Bakeshop in the Highlands neighborhood of Denver. First off, what a great area. It has beautiful views of the Denver skyline, great shops, and good food. Well, that last insight comes from Stevie, as we didn't eat any of our meals in this area. We did stop into a great bookstore, however. I really wish I had taken the name of that bookstore down; if I visit Denver again it will definitely be on my list of places to visit. Oh wait, I just found it!: West Side Books. Despite having spent hours in the Tattered Cover the previous day, I'm always up for a good bookstore. I could practically smell the books as I walked into West Side Books; most if not all of the books are second-hand and the store even offers an entire section of First Edition books. I loved rifling through the bookstore to try and find interesting books that I wouldn't normally find in a corporate chain stocked with the latest bestsellers.
Anyway, I've digressed from gluten free food and I know that is why you've surfed over to my page (do people still say "surfing the web" or have we retired that phrase?). Stevie suggested that we stop into Happy Cakes, a bakery in the Highlands, to see if they had any gluten free offerings. As we stepped inside we were greeted by the tantalizing scent of freshly baked cupcakes. We strode up to the counter and I immediately inquired about their gluten free offerings. We were in luck: Happy Cakes had a gluten free Red Velvet on display! The friendly woman behind the counter also offered that the macarons the bakery makes are gluten free. That particular day's macaron was vanilla with a cherry cola icing on the inside. Stevie and I both ordered up a macaron and decided to split the red velvet cupcake. We took the red velvet cupcake to go but I couldn't resist chowing down on the macaron right there in the shop. It was flaky like macarons I've had in the past and the icing was also good. Honestly, despite the fact that macarons are supposedly the new cupcakes, I just can't get into them. They are a bit too flaky for me (like the people in L.A.!). But hey, if you want to bring me back a macaron from Ladurée I won't say no.
We saved the red velvet for later. I prepped for the ceremonial cupcake eating by imbibing in a delicious mix of Silk's Pure Almond Dark Chocolate Milk mixed with Silk's Pumpkin Spice flavor. It was the perfect mix. We split the cupcake in half and Stevie immediately dug in. I wanted to see his reaction before tasting mine; I was still feeling pretty full from the morning's breakfast and macaron.
That photo is so sad... I really need to (a) get a new phone with a better camera and (b) take better pictures of my food for the blog. The latter will be one of my New Year's Resolutions! Anyway, the cupcake was delicious. The frosting was amazing. It was moist and tasted like what I remember a gluten-filled cupcake tasting like. I hope I get back to Denver again soon to check this place out!
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Happy Cakes Bakeshop
3434 West 32nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80211 (Map)