When Jamie Jacobson, an incoming sophomore at Cherry Creek High School, was a toddler, she loved to spend time in the kitchen with her mother, Nancy, and older sister, Chelsea, baking fresh goods for the household.
It soon became clear that young Jamie had a special talent for mixing butter, sugar, creativity, and – as Jamie explained during a recent interview – “the secret ingredient [of] love,” to prepare succulent cookies and cupcakes that were just too good not to share.
In 2010, the Jacobsons opened the Flourpot Bake Shop – just across the street from Cherry Creek High School (8923 East Union Avenue • Greenwood Village • 80111), much to the delight of their family, friends, and neighbors in southeast Denver. In November of last year, following an arduous process, Flourpot transformed into a kosher establishment, certified by the Vaad HaKashrus of Denver, colloquially known as the “Scroll-K.”
Flourpot is one of 10 independent food vendors in the Denver-metro area that are recognized by Scroll-K as kosher. Without the Scroll-K (or another recognized) imprimatur, many observant Jews will not eat products sold by local groceries, bakeries or restaurants.
Flourpot sells a wide array of rich, decorative, cupcakes that appeal to both kosher and non-kosher customers alike.
For all the variety, when she’s asked which of Flourpot’s many treats is its piéce de résistance, Jamie doesn’t hesitate: “Red velvet is probably the most popular,” she says, before describing how Flourpot makes its popular red velvet treats – mixing cocoa and buttermilk with a rich vanilla cake.
Personally, Jamie prefers the turtle cupcake that she bakes, filling a chocolate cupcake with caramel and topping it off with chocolate frosting and candies.
Her sister, Chelsea, favors “Death by Chocolate,” a delicious mixture of chocolate cake, chocolate icing, and toppings of milk, dark, and white chocolate chips.
Despite all of the kosher goodies that Flourpot sells, Nancy estimates that the portion of Jewish customers is only about 10%.
Because of their desire to support the Jewish community, the Jacobsons hope that word of their existence will continue to spread throughout the greater-Denver Jewish community. To date, their store has gone largely undiscovered by those who value kosher products.
“We do cupcakes, cakes, cookies, cheesecakes – you name it. Everything is baked fresh to order,” Nancy says. The store also prepares wedding cakes, regular cakes, and even gingerbread houses, in season.
The Flourpot Bake Shop maintains regular business hours from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday. It is also open on weekends, as needed, for parties and special orders.