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Jul232011

CakeSpy Undercover: Lovely Confections, Denver CO

I am absolutely enchanted by Lovely Confections in Denver, Colorado.

And it wasn't just the altitude getting to my head.

Owner Porsche Lovely (yep, her real name) has a charming little spot in the Mile-high city, and when I recently had the good fortune to visit, I found her not only friendly, but willing to dish tips on high-altitude baking as well. 

She's honed her art of high altitude baking through trial and error, finally finding the right balance to yield cakes that have a perfectly moist crumb and perfect dome (just a few of the things that can go wrong with high altitude baking? Collapsed domes from when the cake lacks structure, and dry, crumbly cake (unbalanced from baking too hot), too much spread (from the sugar, which needs to be slightly reduced in higher altitudes). And she's earned her degree in high-altitude baking; she's recipe-tested for Warren Brown, and writes a blog called The Elevated Kitchen. 

But enough ed-u-ma-cation, because I know that you're really here for the cake.

I picked up "the Bee's Knees", a honey-lavender confection. 

The cake was nice and dense but not leaden--a nice, buttery-dense, with a little hint of lavender (not too strong; subtle). But it was the frosting that really took the cake--a mellow, buttery, honey and lemon-scented cap on the cupcake that made me want to lick my fingers. Next time I visit, I simply must try the Chocolate Salted Caramel!

See for yourself; visit Lovely Confections at 1489 Steele Street, Denver CO; online here.

Reader Comments (3)

How could anyone not buy something from a woman with a name like Porche Lovely?? Simply fantastic name!

The cupcakes look amazing.
July 23 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen
Those cupcakes look fantastic! I can only imagine the finesse that comes with baking at high altitude.
The honey lemon cream buttercream is definitely worth trying. My husband is a beekeeper and is constantly looking to add honey to my cupcake recipes.
July 26 | Unregistered CommenterTammy
Thank you for the recommendation! I had my husband stop by there last weekend when he was in Denver. He brought me the honey lavender, red velvet, and the salted caramel. We loved all 3!
August 18 | Unregistered CommenterCupcake Activist

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