Amaru Confections

Amaru Confections
Retail Hours
Closed Sunday & Monday
Tuesday-Thursday 9am-8pm
Friday & Saturday 9am-10pm

217 S. Roosevelt St.
Boise, ID 83705

(208)991-CAKE


ABOUT US

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About The Owners:

Aimee is a certified chef and top graduate of the Culinary Arts Inst
itute in Denver, Colorado.  She also received formal training in the art of chocolate and pastry making from the top chocolatiers in France at the Lenotre’ Institute just outside Paris, France.  In addition to her culinary background, Aimee graduated from Waynesburg University with an RN degree, and has been a registered nurse for more than 15 years. She currently works in the cardiac care unit of a major local Boise hospital.

Chris is a former financial advisor and owner of several businesses during his career. He holds an undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University and a Masters Degree from the University of Colorado. He has been involved in Amaru Confections since the beginning, but now runs the day to day operations of the business.

Amaru Confections History:


In 2000, Amaru Confections was a tiny no-name start up bakery that began in Aimee’s one bedroom apartment with a Kitchen Aid six quart mixer, a few cake pans, some piping bags, and lot of determination. After finishing her shifts at the hospital, Aimee would work on cake orders from friends and family; baking and decorating on nights and weekends. As word spread, her visually stunning creations quickly caught the eye of local brides-to-be, as well as party planners and event coordinators. Aimee outgrew the home kitchen and began searching for commercial space to do her work. For two years, she rented small spaces in the back of struggling coffee shops and defunct banquet facilities. Some locations didn't have space for her to store anything, so she would have to bring all her tools, bakeware and ingredients with her each time, and then cart it all home after she was done; including the finished cakes, which she kept in her home refrigerators.

In 2005, Chris (her husband) began helping part time by answering phone calls and emails, and even doing a little baking. But, within a few years Chris became involved in the business full time. Despite the long hours and hard work, the couple believed deeply in the work they were doing, and began looking for their own location to make more custom cakes.

In 2007, they found it. A Craigslist ad appeared, offering to sell a commercial oven, a few tables, and a fridge if someone would take over the lease. It was in a small out-of-the-way 900sq. ft. warehouse with bad lighting, and a cramped meeting area for customers. It was perfect! They bought the equipment and took over the lease. Even though it was in a poor location, the speciality bakery began gaining traction by word of mouth. Over the next five years, the bakery added new menu items and began offering gluten free products to local coffee shops and grocery stores (a risky venture since the space also handled traditional flours).

By 2012 the business needed more room and the owners wanted a dedicated space to bake their gluten free products. In the summer of 2013 Aimee and Chris purchased two buildings that the bakery still occupies. The two buildings were renovated to include a larger traditional bakery and store front, and the second building housed Boise's only dedicated gluten free bake shop. For the first time Aimee was able to offer her previously made-to-order designs to everyone on a daily basis, and feel confident that her desserts could meet the needs of those with sever food allergies. To this day, Amaru Confections is the only commercial bakery in the Boise area to operate a traditional retail bakery as well as a completely separate and 100% dedicated gluten free bakeshop. Amaru’s traditional, gluten free and vegan desserts can be found at various grocery stores, coffee shops and restaurants throughout Boise.

By 2016 it was apparent that the bakery had once again outgrown the space, and it was time for their first major expansion. In late 2016 Amaru Confections found a vacant 3,000sq. ft. warehouse and converted it into a commercial bakery. All of the production and decorating for traditional products was moved to this facility, while the gluten free baking remained at the original retail location. The couple also did a complete remodel and expansion of the existing retail location to allow for more indoor seating (outdoor seating coming in 2018) and partnered with The Apothecoffecarium, an independent coffee shop within Amaru’s walls. The retail location added select draft beers and wines, as well as new dessert items to keep up with the ever growing demand and interest from customers.

Despite the amazing growth of this small bakery, the owners have remained true to their idea that this bakery will create beautiful, hand decorated, enjoyable, and delicious desserts.

Custom cake and online orders are available for delivery throughout the Treasure Valley and within a 250 mile radius of Boise to include Sun Valley, McCall, Stanley, and Ontario.

Our calendar fills quickly, especially during the summer months, so contact us today to order your custom cake or dessert for your next special occasion.

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GIVING BACK

At Amaru Confections, we believe that giving back to the community is vital to our own health and success. Each year we donate a considerable amount of product, talent and time to local charities, fund raisers, schools and religious organizations. Below is a short list of those we've been asked to help. We only hope to continue to add to the list in the years to come.

  • Woman's and Children's Alliance
  • Icing Smiles
  • First United Methodist Church, Cathedral of the Rockies, Boise
  • First United Methodist Church, Eagle
  • META
  • Create Common Good
  • College of Western Idaho
  • Leukemia Foundation
  • Oregon Culinary Institute
  • City Light Home for Woman and Children
  • Boise Rescue Mission
  • Longfellow Elementary

  • Idaho Food Bank
  • Komen Race for the Cure
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • St. Luke's Hospital
  • St. Luke's Children's Hospital
  • St. Alphonsus Hospital
  • Discovery Center of Idaho
  • Eagle Elementary
  • Washington Elementary
  • Idaho Humane Society
  • Snip Idaho
  • Boys and Girls Club of Nampa
  • Kids are Special People (KASP)
  • Life's Kitchen

  • Idaho Public Television
  • Light My Fire Committee
  • Idaho Youth Ranch
  • Bishop Kelly High School
  • Boise State University Bronco Athletic Association
  • Boise State University Alumni Association
  • Wishing Star
  • Sage International School
  • Bogus Basin Nordic Team
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Schools
  • Christian Church Camps