Let Them Eat Cake in the Quad Cities!

Thinking of indoor things to do on a cold winter day, I entertained the thought of a cake tour. More precisely, the Let Them Eat Cake Tour. There are many delicious bakeries in the area to entice the cake aficionado. With this in mind, a friend and I took off on a sugary trip where coffee and conversation and oh’s and ah’s were required.

The first stop was Cafe d’Marie in Davenport, Iowa at 614 West 5th Street. The cafe is in a quaint turn of the century brick house and serves up the most delectable cake. One being a lemony slice and another being a smooth and decadent chocolate wedge. We could not decide which was better so we ate both! Sharing our choices is the most fun on any tour of cakes!

Lemon Zest Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting at Cafe d'Marie
Lemon Zest Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting at Cafe d’Marie
Sour Cream Chocolate Cake with Espresso Cream Cheese Frosting at Cafe D'Marie
Sour Cream Chocolate Cake with Espresso Cream Cheese Frosting at Cafe D’Marie

Another Davenport cake stop was Oh So Sweet by Tiphanie in downtown Davenport, Iowa, at 314 North Main Street. Cupcakes were the choice and there were so many choices that we tried several! All of them were rated cake tour worthy!

Cupcakes at Oh So Sweet Tiphanie
Cupcakes at Oh So Sweet Tiphanie

Leaving Davenport to the Illinois side of the Mississippi River we headed up the hill to Ganson’s Neighborhood Bakery & Cafe in a bungalow at 3055 38 Street in Rock Island. The cake of the day was our choice. A multi layer creation laden with cream and chocolate drizzles with raspberries. It was a fine ending to a cake tour worthy of a queen!

Chocolate Cake at Ganson's
Chocolate Cake at Ganson’s

As a side note, our next Let Them Eat Cake Tour will include the State Street Cafe at 123 South State Street in Geneseo, Illinois which has wonderful homemade treats, the Whisk Away Cafe & Bakery at 919 6th Avenue in DeWitt, Iowa and Bishop Hill Bakery & Eatery at 103 South Bishop Hill Street in Bishop Hill, Illinois. This could become an annual event!


About the author

Deborah Doehler As a life-time resident of the Quad Cities, Deborah is a multi-media artist who works in jewelry, painting, pottery, drawing, collage, and design. Deborah is retired from Black Hawk College after working for 35 years in Marketing as an award-winning graphic designer, writer, supervisor and graphics coordinator. Since 1975, she has had her own design company and studio. You’ll find Deborah serving on the Visual and Public Arts Committee for Quad City Arts where she was a board member for 8 years. She supports art and cultural events in the Quad Cities area including volunteering for events at MidCoast Fine Arts Bucktown Center for the Arts where she leases a gallery space. She served as Marketing Director for Riverssance Festival of Fine Arts for 15 years.

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One comment on “Let Them Eat Cake in the Quad Cities!

  1. What a yummy blog. I am inspired to indulge but also sad because Ganson’s, maker of great cakes and other delicious things has closed.
    Definitely should be an annual event…even better, a monthly one so no cake is neglected!

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