Just Around the Corner: A sweet part of many weddings, Borracchini’s Bakery closes its doors

All’s not flour and roses at Borracchini’s Bakery. The business has turned off the ovens, put away the spatulas, and bundled up the aprons.  The 100-year-old Seattle institution is closed forever.

Egged on by the pandemic this past year, customers could no longer hold weddings, birthdays and other celebrations, leading to a great decrease in the sale of cakes and other get-together foods.

The bakery, at 2307 Rainier Ave. S. in Seattle, was the place for couples to purchase their buttery wedding cakes.

The uneven floors, fake plants, and general dated look of the store were part of the charm of Borracchini’s.

But what really pulled the crowds in were the delicious baked goods and the pastas, cheeses, sauces and other ingredients for a big Italian meal. And the iconic cakes: During the 1980s and 1990s, whenever I heard of someone getting married, their wedding cake had to be from Borracchini’s. What made the cakes special was the buttery, not-too-sweet frosting. A friend said, “To me, it’s got a very unique taste. I can still remember the taste, and it’s been well over 30 years.”

Now, the kitchen lights are turned off.

— Story and photos by David Carlos

Mountlake Terrace resident David Carlos often submits photos and videos profiling interesting places nearby,

 

5 Replies to “Just Around the Corner: A sweet part of many weddings, Borracchini’s Bakery closes its doors”

  1. So sad! And so true – THE BEST wedding cakes came from Borracchini’s. When I got engaged in 1981, I knew immediately who would bake my cake. And they delivered it to Bonney Lake! I’m extra disappointed because all last year I’d been planning on having them recreate my cake for our 40th anniversary this summer. Thank you, Borracchini’s for your wonderful cakes and for making Seattle, Seattle.

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  2. So sad to hear this. 47 years ago we got our wedding cake from Borracchini’s. It was delicious and beautiful.

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  3. When Linda and I were preparing to tie the knot in 1969, among the usual logistical questions, one decision was never a question at all: who will make the wedding cake? There are lots of great reasons that folks gravitated to Borracchini’s for their cakes, but ours was even simpler. My lovely young Italian-blooded bride was born and raised in Rainier Valley and among that sturdy crowd there was only one bakery, the one run by Remo Borracchini. Linda’s family (Patrucelli) just referred to him as Remo. What a privilege it was for this young outsider of mixed lineage to suddenly gain a family heritage. A significant part of that “Garlic Gulch” heritage was Borracchini’s and the other Italian businesses that flourished there in the early- and mid-twentieth century. We cherish those memories. Thanks Remo for being a colorful part of Seattle’s history.

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  4. I have lived in the Seattle area all of my 62 years and seeing this and Oberto closing their store is plain sad. The Seattle I grew up with is slipping away. So very sad.

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  5. So sad! The law firm I worked for ordered lots of cakes from them. They used pink boxes for their sheet style cakes.

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