News & Events

Where is Carefree Patisserie???
April 28, 2014

If you have been through Valley Junction, you may be wondering where Carefree Patisserie is. During this summer, we will not have an open store front available to you. However, this does not mean you can not still get your cakes, cupcakes, almond bars, or bacon items! Here is how to get the goods...

Call us at 515-277-0705 to place your orders. We will then arrange a delivery or pick-up time.

Grab your cupcake variety at Le Gourmet, 201 5th Street in Valley Junction. Cupcakes are available Thursday nights during market and Saturdays. Please note that if you want something specific, your best bet is to call ahead to place your specific order so we can have it ready for you at Le Gourmet.

Visit us at the Downtown Farmers' Market. Check out the news feed on Farmers' Market or Facebook for the dates we will be there.

Place your bacon item orders on Etsy at bakinwbacon.

Cupcakes at Farmers' Markets
April 28, 2014

Looking for Carefree Patisserie Cupcakes? In addition to having cupcakes at Le Gourmet on Saturdays, we will have cupcakes available at Le Gourmet during the Thursday night Valley Junction Farmers' Market.

We will also be at the Downtown Farmers' Market on the following Saturdays:

May 3, 17, and 24

June 14 and 28

July 5 and 26

August 2 and 30

September 6, 20, and 27

October 4 and 11

Location Moving
March 12, 2014

Carefree Patisserie will be moving at the end of March. The store will be closed while we move and set up new facilities. Thank you for your business in Valley Junction. We will begin taking orders again for April 1st using the same phone number of 515-277-0705.

It's March!
March 1, 2014

March has arrived. We are open regular hours March 1-12. Stock up on your favorite cupcakes and check out the sales during these last days in this location.

Then see you after vacation!

Moving Sale
January 11, 2014

We are moving and changing. Everything in the store is discounted from Aprons all the way to Zebra Napkins.

In addition, we are selling furniture, fixtures, and decorations that just won't fit in the new place. Stop by to see what little gems you want to bring home with you.

Holiday Hours
December 21, 2013

Here are the Holiday hours;

Open 12/23 from 10-4 

Open 12/24 from 10-12 (for order pick up only).

Closed 12/25 & 12/26

Open regular hours 12/27, 12/28, 12/31.

Closed 1/1

Happy Holidays!


12 Days of Christmas Sale
December 14, 2013

To celebrate the 12 days of Christmas, one dozen cupcakes are $24 and all merchandise is 25% off!

Come finish up your shopping lists for those bakers in your life.

Fresh and fun Holiday gift delivery from Carefree Patisserie
December 2, 2013

Call us and we will customize your gift box and deliver to homes and offices throughout the Des Moines area. Call 515-277-0705. There is a limited amount of delivery times available. Orders must be placed by noon for next day delivery. Delivery is not available Sundays or Mondays. Gift packages, deliveries and prices are valid December 3- December 20, 2013. Free delivery within the first 15 miles of Valley Junction.  Delivery available past this area for an additional charge.


A Carefree Cupcake pack

A holiday assortment of 6 gourmet cupcakes tied up with a bow. Plus a Carefree Patisserie t-shirt. We have two designs (I want a Muddy Farmer or It’s Cake o’clock Somewhere) and all sizes. The sweetest gift for the cupcake lover in your life. $28. Add a cupcake (or Happy Birthday) ring for just $5!


Holiday cupcakes plus 1

A dozen cupcakes delivered to your loved one’s door, wrapped in a ribbon and bow. We’ll put together a variety of our holiday flavors and add any item from the store at half off. Cookbooks, baking pans, a jar of sprinkles or a scented soy candle. Whatever the perfect add-on, we will help you find it, wrap it, and add it for 50 % off that item. Then, we deliver it with a personalized gift tag.  Starts at $35 and up depending on your choice of gift.


A baker’s dream

Get the perfect gift for the baker in your life.  This gift box includes an apron of your choice (multiple designs to select from) and beautiful 30” Bamboo chef’s rolling pin, a heat-resistant spatula, 2 jars of sprinkles and a 6 quart batter bowl with handle and spout (comes in red or yellow). A petite box of 6 homemade cookies is included as a bonus for the baker to keep sugar-charged.  $72.


Hostess with the mostess

A little something to thank the party hostess before you even arrive. 1 dozen mini gourmet cupcakes in assorted holiday flavors and 2 packages of high quality cocktail napkins with a wide array of holiday and witty designs to choose from.  $32. Add a pretty dishtowel for just $3!


Good clean holiday fun

Six holiday flavored gourmet cupcakes baked fresh and festively decorated for your loved one and a set of chef’s favorite tea towels and dish clothes. Many color combinations are available to select from for the perfect hue. $38.


Well-dressed bacon dude

Give the perfect gift for that guy in your life that likes to cook as much as snack. Pick a high quality apron with themes and colors ranging from chili peppers to gray pin-stripes. We then add 4 chocolate fudge brownies with crispy bacon pieces for a salty goodness. All boxed up, wrapped with a personalized gift tag and delivered to home or office. Prices range from $35-$48 depending on the apron.


Grandma’s little cookie helpers

We carry an amazing line of products from Curious Chef. They are great products designed for small hands but can handle a grown- up kitchen. We will put together a set of cookie cutters (traditional or holiday shaped) plus a rolling pin, spatula, and 2 jars of sprinkles. Includes a dozen assorted cookies to help keep things sweet. $42.


Pampering time

The holidays can really tire us out. Send your stressed out friend a little treat to keep them going. A two pack of our favorite holiday gourmet cupcakes, plus 2 yummy Dutch letter bars. Wrapped up with the sweets is a cupcake shaped bath bomb, cupcake soap pop and a deliciously scented soy candle. $48.


Grandma’s favorites…on sale

Want to help that special someone remember another special someone? 2 dozen of assorted Christmas cookies fresh baked and boxed up with a bow. Add a couple of our favorite retro baking tools and we will do the wrapping for you. We have measuring cups, wooden rolling pins, egg beaters, brownie spatulas, or even a brown sugar bear. Give us a call and we can help find the perfect little gift to fit your budget. All kitchen tools will be Buy One- Get one 50 % off. Delivered with the cookies and a smile.  Cookie gift starts at $28, plus the cost of any kitchen tools you decide to include. We can describe and recommend the perfect fit.


Special occasions- special delivery

A half dozen of our fabulous gourmet cupcakes paired with a gift for the special occasion.  Holiday engagement?  New baby? Grand birthday?  Starting at $21, plus the cost of the gift.

December Class List is here!
October 29, 2013

Its time to start baking and decorating for the holiday season to come! And if you aren't sure about baking techniques, or how to make mini gingerbread houses, don't worry we have a class for that!

Call us at 515-277-0705 to sign up. Remember, there is a 10% discount for each additional person you sign up in your group (up to 30%).

2013  DECEMBER CLASS Schedule - All Classes are 90 minutes and $34 per person.

Thursday 12/19  - 6:30-8pm   Vintage looking Cookie Couture Class

Discover your inner artist with gorgeous cookies. Join friends in creating beautifully decorated holiday cookies, including snowflakes and Christmas trees. The cookies are baked and ready to be decorated, as you learn how to use royal icing. Create dazzling cookies using outlining, flooding, along with sanding sugar and dragees to make these cookies look as good as they taste. Please bring a container to bring home your works of art.

Saturday 12/21 - 10:30-12      Christmas gum paste figures

Snowman, Santa, and trees. Learn quick ways to make these little gems and use them to decorate cupcakes, cakes or even add a little character to your cookie plates. You will be able to apply the techniques you learn to many holidays throughout the year. Please bring an empty egg carton to transport your figures.

Saturday 12/21 -  1:30-3         Holiday party cake (buttercream covered)

Have you seen all the colorful cakes and wondered "can I do that?" Of course you can - you just need a little help. Techniques will include Petal, luscious and rouching. We will decorate our cake with buttercream holly leaves and bright red berries. Each person will leave class with an 8 inch cake. Please choose chocolate, egg nog or vanilla. Indicate your flavor choice when making the reservation.

Saturday 12/29 -  10:30-12     Mini & Me New Year's Cupcake Class     

Make some memories before the winter break passes you by. You will have 6 cupcakes to take home after you make snowmen and celebration fun-fetti cupcakes. Kids of all ages are encouraged to take part as we celebrate the New Year. 

Saturday 12/29 -   1:30-3        Salty & Sweet Football snacks (for ages 16 and up)

Having some friends over to watch football or maybe some girls to catch up on movies? You'll need some snacks to share and enjoy. We'll be making quarterback crunch, bacon caramel corn and potato chip cookies. We will be cooking sugar and using the oven so children are not recommended.


It's Fall...the leaves are changing and so are the flavors!
September 22, 2012

Be sure to check out our new fall flavors! Some to try is our Pumpkin Pie Spice with vanilla cream cheese frosting, so good! Caramel Fluer de Sel, caramel cake and caramel buttercream with Sea Salt to top it off, a happy medium between sweet and salty! Chocolate Guinness of course, S'mores, and Dutch Apple! Yum Yum, but that isn't all! Don't worry, we still left in some of your favorites like Muddy Farmer, Red Velvet, and Triple Chocolate just to name few! Click on the Daily/Weekly flavors link to see all the delicious flavors we have this fall or just stop in and get some! Cupcakes make everything better!