Being gluten-intolerant is far from fun. So many things that were once a delectable treat become outlawed in your daily diet. While the amount of gluten-free items at restaurants, grocery stores and bakeries have increased, the ability to cough down $5 for an item that would usually cost $2 is difficult. It’s a struggle I faced while wedding planning. I found that most of the gluten free cupcakes and cakes I could find we’re going to cost us well over $1000. Because of that, I put my research cap on and started scouring for local places that wouldn’t break our budget. After looking through downtown, I came across a hidden shop in the West End of Davenport that sold gluten-free and vegan friendly options called, Chic Soiree.
In early 2018, we scheduled an appointment for a cake tasting hoping this new Chic Soiree would make all of our dreams come true. “A dream coming true” is an understatement with this business —it was beyond our wildest dreams and a true hidden gemstone. When we entered the shop, the employees had a plethora of gluten-free cupcake samples and frosting whisked up for Austin and I. Things I never imagined were gluten free – cookies and cream, lemon poppy seed, etc. We devoured each bite quickly. Immediately, we knew we had to book our cake with Chic Soiree, especially at the affordable price they quoted us. We ended up purchasing our gift-opening cake there too for even less! They allowed us to provide our own flower cake decorations in lieu of the frosted flower to keep cost down a bit more.
A few months later, I got back in touch with the business on the status of our four-tier wedding cake. While I couldn’t recollect the people who worked at the business from our first visit, I came to know Lorraine very well. She reassured us everything was in order and even offered a second-tasting, since a few things had changed over the year. She was kind enough to give us her phone number and told us to call with questions. Lorraine kept in constant contact with us and made sure everything was in perfect order. We love her and the rest of the staff. We smiled when we saw there was a card from them the next day at our gift-opening. It felt like Chic Soiree had become family, and in a way, they truly had.
Full of scrumptious gluten-free, vegan, and normal treats, there is no way to go wrong with a visit to or an order from the Chic Soiree Bakery. It’ll be our family staple anytime we need to order a cake (or any birthday, because I might be able to cook, but I cannot bake to save my life!). They treat you as family and cater to every need at an affordable price. For more information, visit their website or call 563-275-6428.