ON THE CORNER OF CARLETON Avenue in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood, there’s an emerald green building bearing a historic plaque. First designed as an inn in 1904, the location became the Carleton Avenue Grocery seven years later. There, the shop functioned for over a century, eventually claiming the title of Seattle’s oldest grocery store.
When Carleton Avenue Grocery shuttered in October of 2017, Charlie Dunmire acquired the space with the help of a Kickstarter campaign, transforming it into a bakery known for its elaborate layer cakes. Dunmire got her start in cake world dreamland when she launched Deep Sea Sugar & Salt in an Airstream in the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall.
Since she set up permanent digs here, the shop has been packed with a series of wildly inventive whole cakes, cupcakes, and—most notably—individual slices of dramatically striated layer cakes in flavors like London Fog, which comes soaked in honey-and-Earl Grey syrup and topped with bergamot mascarpone cream, and Carrot Pineapple, with a browned butter cream cheese frosting.
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Keep an eye out for the monthly seasonal specials, which might include a riff on strawberry shortcake made with strawberry mousse and jam, plus a shortbread crumble sandwiched between buttery cream cake layers.