SLC's first and only all-vegan bakery.
Cakewalk was started haphazardly in 2007 by Kelly Colobella as a way to raise money to go toward the mounting veterinary bills for her dog, Nelix. At the time, our three-legged friend was in need of physical therapy and fortunately the sales of treats to friends and relatives helped keep up. Before long, he needed a wheelchair and was literally on his last leg but thanks to a super special donation from our friend Danny, Nelix got his wheels! This endeavor helped us realize that there was enough demand in the Salt Lake area for a vegan bakery and so we made it official, got our first commercial space and aimed a lot of our energy at giving back to other animal in need.
I THOUGHT YOU SAID...
After baking what seemed like a metric ton of cakes and cupcakes, we had decided that what we really wanted in the world was to make a long time dream come true. We set out to create a vegan alternative to the cream filled snack cakes that we knew and loved from our childhood. After lots of trial and error, the humble Dillo was born and we were soon selling them in our bakery and via mail-order. Before long we found ourselves having a retail storefront in Salt Lake.
A MOVE AND THEN ANOTHER MOVE
We realized the commute, the all-night baking sessions, and early morning deliveries to our shop were taking a toll. We were at a crossroads and needed to decide whether to get bigger or close down entirely. We opted on neither. We closed the shop and were invited to move into our friends' restaurant (Frisch). We got some shiny new electrical lines installed and were in full-swing and then found out the building owner wanted his tenants out. Again with the heavy lifting... but in the new, new space, we have more room to move around and was well worth the effort. A photo of Nelix still watches over the production.
WHAT THE F IS A CROWD-FUNDING...
Most recently, we have decided to switch it up again, opting to go more of a wholesale route and get into a wider range of grocery-type stores. We need actual packaging, bar codes and nutritional information... all of the stuff that makes treat production less fun. We decided to try our hand at Kickstarter and thanks to tons of super-giving people, we succeeded. More about that here. And this is where we are now. Stay tuned to our blog and Facebook page for continued progress.