Tickle Your Isolated Taste Buds with Divine Cake at This Little Bakery in Oregon

by | Feb 24, 2024 | Featured, Food, Food & Drink, Interesting, Restaurants, Salem, Travel, Willamette Valley

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Nestled in the heart of Salem, Oregon is a slice of dessert heaven known as Gerry Frank's Konditorei. A beacon of sweetness since its opening in 1982, this extravagant bakery and café has been tantalizing taste buds with its gourmet creations and cozy ambiance ever since. The term Konditorei, which might sound like a tongue twister [pronounced: Kone-de-tore-eye], simply means a cake or pastry shop in German—a fitting name for a place that's all about celebrating the art of baking and sweet creations.

The History Of Gerry Frank's Konditorei In Salem, Oregon

The display case full of delicious looking cakes at Gerry Frank's Konditorei in Salem, Oregon.
Photo by Lacey T. via Yelp.

The story of the Konditorei is a tale of passion, dedication, and a relentless pursuit of culinary excellence. Founded by Gerry Frank and Barney Rogers, the establishment initially wooed its patrons with an exquisite selection of gourmet cakes alongside a modest food menu. The menu's star? The cakes, of course, which quickly gained fame, leading to an expanded selection that today includes some of the most sought-after desserts in Salem.

A slice of a chocolate cake with a white topping and shaved chocolate ont op.
Photo by Breanne W. via Yelp.

Over the years, the Konditorei has seen its share of guardians who've contributed to its legacy. Linae Sielicky, who climbed the ranks from assistant manager to manager, and the dynamic duo Mike and Valerie Schultz from Lovin’ Oven, have all left their mark, baking the majority of the desserts that grace the menu today. In 2017, when Gerry decided it was time to pass on the torch at the age of 94, Linae, Mike, and Val took up the mantle, vowing to continue the tradition that has made the Konditorei a beloved Willamette Valley spot.

Cake, Cheesecake, Torte And More At Gerry Frank's

A brown and white cake with peanut butter cup pieces on swirls of frosting. It looks rich and decadent!
Photo via Gerry Frank's Konditorei Facebook page.

The Konditorei's menu is a dessert lover's dream come true, featuring an array of cakes that make choosing just one a difficult task. Barney’s Blackout is a dark chocolate marvel, while the Chocolate Fudge Truffle is a decadent delight. The Coconut Crème cake is as fluffy as a cloud, and the seasonal Fresh Strawberry and Pumpkin Crumble cakes are eagerly anticipated all year round. And let's not forget the Raspberry Lemonade and Lemon Crème cakes which offer a zesty twist to this sweet lineup! There are dozens of cakes to choose from here!

Lemon poppyseed cake. This cake looks so elegant and delectable, like something you'd eat at a tea party.
Lemon poppyseed cake. Photo via Gerry Frank's Konditorei Facebook page.

Cheesecake aficionados will rejoice at the Lemon, Blueberry, and Cherry cheesecakes, each rich and bursting with flavor. The Torte selections, including the Peanut Butter Mousse Torte and Mocha Almond Mousse Torte, are nothing short of spectacular. And for those with gluten sensitivities, don't worry because the Konditorei has a few gluten-friendly options.

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A chocolate cake with pink frosting, red berry topping and a chocolate drizzle. It looks rich and delicious!
Photo by Erica W. via Yelp.

Beyond cakes and cheesecakes, the Konditorei also boasts a selection of pastries that are sure to make your mouth water—from fudge brownies and lemon coconut bars to pecan sticky buns and cinnamon rolls. And if you're looking for something savory before diving into dessert, the breakfast and lunch menu offers delicious quiches, soups, salads, and a variety of sandwiches that are perfect for any palate!

A sandwich stacked with two kinds of meat, tomato, cheese, and a thin layer of greens on bread.
Photo by Gina T. via Yelp.

Stepping into Gerry Frank's Konditorei is like entering a world where every bite is a celebration, every flavor a discovery. It's a place where friendly staff, a cozy environment, and delicious treats come together to create unforgettable experiences. Whether you're looking for a romantic date night destination at a cozy little place, a spot for an upscale dessert, or simply a place to spoil yourself and your loved ones, the Konditorei is a gem that deserves a visit—at least once a month, if not more. So, next time you're in Salem, make sure to stop by and indulge in a slice (or two) of the extraordinary!

Gerry Frank's Konditorei Information

Seasonal winter Chocolate Peppermint Cake. It's red and white with red swirls and looks so good!
Seasonal winter Chocolate Peppermint Cake. Photo via Gerry Frank's Konditorei Facebook page.

Tip: Want to order something special? Specialty cake orders will need to be made 3-5 days in advance!

  • Location: 310 Kearney SE in Salem, Oregon
  • Hours:
    • Monday - Thursday 10 AM - 9 PM
    • Friday - Saturday 10 AM - 10 PM
    • Closed Sundays
  • Get more information at the official Gerry Frank's Konditorei website.
Black Forest Mousse Torte beside a caramel macchiato. It looks so delicious!
Black Forest Mousse Torte beside a caramel macchiato. Photo via Gerry Frank's Konditorei Facebook page.

Gerry Frank's Konditorei stands as a shining example of local businesses that we love in Oregon. If you’ve got a favorite spot or business in mind, don’t hesitate to nominate them—they might just be highlighted in an upcoming feature for That Oregon Life. Be sure to stay connected with That Oregon Life on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated on the most remarkable destinations, attractions, and happenings in the Beaver State.

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Written By Jessica Tomlinson

Jessica Tomlinson is a native Oregonian currently living in Southern Oregon. She has been blogging since 2006. She loves nature, photography, hiking, camping, and exploring Oregon's wilds.

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