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Karen Donatelli Bakery & Cafe

Asheville, North Carolina, Buncombe

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Karen Donatelli Bakery & Cafe

Asheville, North Carolina, Buncombe

(29)

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European styled cafe, serving classic desserts, pastries and coffee drinks. Specializing in specialty cakes, pastry catering and dessert presentations. Karen also creates beautiful breakfast pastries and croissants, all products are made on premise and freshly made with only the finest ingredients.

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Dr Omar Ansari

26 May 2019

My wife and I have been coming here for years and the pastries have never disappointed. They have a large selection of sweets and everything is amazing. Make sure to try their fruit tarts! More...

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Yukon Biker

20 May 2019

Very eloquent handcrafted pastries and deserts. Delecious. Authentic European style coffee and deserts. We are local and we will be back

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Victoria Jones

6 May 2019

We hired Karen to do our wedding cake. The Bailey's Irish creme and Chocolate Hazlenut was a huge rave at our wedding! Karen was amazing to work with and so kind. One of the little extra things she did was during the taste testing brought out a separate plate for my daughter's Zebra that she brought in with her. I highly recommend Karen's cakes, after our first taste testing the rest of the places we tried just couldn't compete. The lightest and most decadent moist cake I've ever had. ❤️ More...

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Nathan B

27 April 2019

Simply the best. Everything I've ever ordered here was delicious, baked with love and care, and beautifully presented. My favorite bakery in Asheville without a doubt. Karen and her husband have built one of Asheville's top downtown destinations. Don't miss it! More...

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Marcus Phillips

27 April 2019

Wow, if your sweet tooth isn't satisfied upon your departure from this establishment, it's probably had a root canal performed on it some time in the past. A menagerie of choices and some I liked better than others but not a bad choice in the group. More...

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Mathew Rolon

27 April 2019

Such an amazing experience. Me an my wife were thoroughly impressed. It was so delicious we wanted to give them hugs.

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Chelsea Rolon

27 April 2019

Absolutely amazing chocolate cake. To my surprise there was coconut in it and it was the BEST cake I'd ever encountered! Thank you Karen! I wanted to give you a hug but didn't want to interrupt your wonderful work. First bakery that I've seen with a good chocolate selection. More...

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Heather Williams

28 March 2019

The staff here is professional and helpful. It's a beautiful little spot for an elegant dessert. Everything was delicious!

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Patrick S

28 March 2019

Stopped in for a coffee and saw the amazing desserts so we had to try a few. Had a raspberry mousse and some strawberry pastry. Both were AMAZING!!!!! They were very light and not extremely rich. You can tell that they are made fresh and with lots of love! When We are back in Asheville we will stop in again. The only thing but not a negative. The coffee wasn’t great. But was still ok. More...

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Jona Walker

28 December 2018

Every staff member here is so friendly and helpful. Karen goes out of her way to make sure you get what you want. The desserts are all amazing but the apple pie is absolutely to die for! We willingly make the hour and a half trip weekly and Karen always has it ready for me. Everyone should try something here if not everything! Delicious! More...

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JEANDONA dORESTE

17 June 2018

What you are beholding is the remaims of a recently devoured pastry. For the purpose of this review, let's just say it was good.

Decore Story Short: The textured walls are decorated in dark earthen hues, the wood display cases gaurd pastries of various flakes and layers, decorative panelled ceiling... (to be con't)

Pricing: 1.5$ (one and a half dollar signs)

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Bridget Gaughan

9 June 2018

My sister is using Karen for her wedding cake. We went to the bakery for the tasting and everything we had was excellent- it was hard to narrow it down! Karen is very helpful and understanding, it was great working with her. Not to mention her cakes are to-die-for! More...

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Melinda Bednar

26 May 2018

The pastries are made in house and delicious!!! Service is pleasant and the best. Definitely step in for a bite in when you are in Ashville.

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Audrey Sturdahl

19 April 2018

Fantastic pastries, excellent coffee, and a decor/atmosphere that makes you feel like you earn twice as much as you do-how do you beat that?

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K Bastug

17 April 2018

We used Karen Donatelli for our wedding cakes and wow! She was so easy to work with and delivered the most delicious and beautiful wedding cakes we have ever seen. We got so many compliments on our cakes! Along with our main 4-tier cake we had two Star Wars cakes and we were beyond impressed with how they turned out! Thank you, Karen! More...

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John Merrill

14 April 2018

Upscale goodies and fantastic coffee. All appear to be handmade, fresh each day. Very friendly staff.

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Rick Comps

4 April 2018

Karen is such a sweet Lady. She made sure that we were taken care of during our visit. She even made my son feel important. Surly we will visit here again.

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Candace B

17 March 2018

Best petit fours anywhere. Fabulous French pasteies. Great service.

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Timothy Wills

16 March 2018

Great baked goods, great service, and a nice atmosphere. My girlfriend is making us come back after dinner.

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Ellie and Dom Fittante

7 March 2018

My husband and I have enjoyed Karen Donatelli’s fabulous treats several times now. Today, we stopped in with a special request... We picked out 2 desserts, handed Karen an envelope containing the gender of our baby, and asked her to select a the dessert based on the gender. She truly made this day even more special with her kindness, warmth, best wishes, and of course delicious and beautiful dessert! And… It’s a GIRL!!! Thank you so much for a wonderful experience, Karen! We strongly recommend stopping in and trying any and ALL of her decadent treats! More...

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Louly Peacock

24 February 2018

Wow. Another beautiful concoction by these incredible artists and people. And a good price! Thank you so so so much for saving me once again. Louly Peacock

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Bruce Gray

22 February 2018

I came in with a last minute request for a birthday cake and was provided with a piece of art. Absolutely beautiful and delicious. Thank you Karen!

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JEANDONA dORESTE

16 February 2018

What you are beholding is the remaims of a recently devoured pastry. For the purpose of this review, let's just say it was good.

Decore Story Short: The textured walls are decorated in dark earthen hues, the wood display cases gaurd pastries of various flakes and layers, decorative panelled ceiling... (to be con't)

Pricing: 1.5$ (one and a half dollar signs)
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Christina Bailey

3 February 2018

Such a lovely cafe with a lovely team. They brightened my day and are true artists of coffee and baking. I will be back often. ❤

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Margie Rhinehardt-Bukowski

5 December 2017

Karen and her staff recently did two cakes for me for very special occasions and they were fabulous! She goes out of her way to make sure that the cake is extra special. I will always use her for my special events! More...

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Shaylyn Esposito

14 November 2017

We absolutely loved our wedding cake made by Karen! It not only was extremely beautiful, but it tasted delicious! Karen is super creative and also a sweetheart to work with. We couldn’t have asked for a better wedding cake or experience! More...

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Kelly Randolph

8 November 2017

Karen, your artistry is amazing!! My birthday cake was absolutely over the top. I love peace signs, VW Buses, etc and the cake you created was one of the most beautiful and delicious cakes I have ever had. Thank you, Karen! You never disappoint, only demonstrate how talented and creative you truly are with each delectable treat! More...

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Adele golden

6 October 2017

Every time I visit Asheville, I go to Karen's bakery and I buy out all the almond croissants. They taste just like those you can get at the pastry shop in Paris! No, my husband said they taste even better than those you get from Paris! More...

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Teresea Morefield

28 August 2017

I ordered a birthday cake from this bakery blindly; I live out of town and had no idea who to call. But they were so helpful and nice. I picked up the cake and it was beautiful!! Karen, the owner, even brought the cake out and made sure that I was happy with it. I ordered a vanilla cake with fresh strawberries with a cream cheese icing, simply decorated.( it was for my friends 50th bday) Everyone said it was the best cake they had ever had along with the prettiest. It was fresh and moist, not at all too sweet. The inside of the bakery was beautiful as well, I would have loved to be able to stay and sit for awhile, but had to rush away. I would definitely recommend this bakery for anything you may need. More...