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Glaze: the Baum Cake Shop closing on March 1

"Nooooooooo!" That's the communal groan of despair on the Facebook page of Glaze: the Baum Cake shop, a whimsical Congress Park bakery that specializes in stunning Japanese baumkuchen, glazed multilayered cakes with "tree rings" baked in a hand-crafted, cherry-red, 2,220-pound rotisserie oven, which owner Heather Alcott had christened "Red Dragon." And no one else in Denver -- or in the country -- is doing anything remotely similar, which is just one reason why anyone familiar with Alcott and her baum cakes flinched when she announced on Facebook that come March 1, Glaze was closing, just over a year after it opened.

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Wrote Alcott:

It is with both sadness and gratitude we inform you that Glaze will be closing its doors on Saturday, March 1. We would like to thank all of our amazing, loyal, and enthusiastic customers for your continued support. The past year has been, above all else, an incredibly fun experience and we have you to thank for that. Although there are no current plans for reopening, we will be sure to announce if anything changes. Glaze will be open regular store hours (9-6 Tu-Sat; 10-5 Sun) until the end of day March 1, as well as online at A thousand times over, Danke, Arigato, and Thank You.

Not only will we miss the baum cakes, but Alcott's rainbow-hued, delicate French macarons were some of the most exquisite two-bite pastries we've ever had.

The fact that Baum is closing is sad news indeed.