After six years of putting out some of the prettiest cakes in Fort Worth, west side bakery Leah's Sweet Treats is shutting down. Owner Leah Loose informed her customers by posting an update on the bakery's Facebook page stating that she would not be renewing her lease.
"This announcement comes with a VERY heavy heart and much sadness," it says.
Contacted by email, Loose chose not to elaborate further, instead posting a mysterious comment on the bakery's Facebook page that says, "I know there are a lot of questions and I hope to answer some of them in a few weeks."
The bakery endured a devastating flood in April 2016 but bounced back to become a favorite for its colorful custom cakes and a go-to for showers, birthdays, and other special occasions. Its signature was the sprinkle cake, which consisted of a vanilla cake speckled with colorful sprinkles and a sprinkle-coated icing.
As some small comfort for fans of colorful cake, a branch of SusieCakes, the California-based from-scratch bakery, opened in 2017 at 1621 River Run, in the Westbend Shopping Center in the University District. SusieCakes' signature cake is vanilla celebration cake, a six-layer cake dotted with sugar confetti.
For customers seeking something ready-made, Leah's also featured a case of cupcakes in not only standard flavors such as red velvet and chocolate but also less common options including lemon and peanut butter.
They also sold unusual cookies, muffin tops, rice krispie treats, and a unique item called "box of tops" — pieces of cake shorn off the top when cakes are trimmed to have a straight edge, along with some icing mixed in.
Loose says that the bakery's last day open is Saturday March 24.
"We have had such a crazy, fun, wild ride for the past 6 years serving Fort Worthians and spreading sweetness," she says.