It started with a carrot cake.

Brother-and-sister duo Kirsten and Kevin Comstock's pie-in-the-sky dream of cooking up a delivery service dedicated to distributing warm cookies, milk, cakes and a treasure trove of other eats and treats began in 2003, when Kirsten would have to go without the carrot cake her mom always baked for her birthday.

"I remember [Kirsten] saying she just wanted a slice of cake," Kevin said. "She wondered, why there was no place that would just deliver one slice of cake, and our mom said, 'Well, why don't you guys do that?'"

They did.

About 15 years later, Boulder Baked remains a sweet staple in the community.

The infamous carrot cake — still on the menu — was the first recipe the pair baked out of a rented corner of a catering kitchen back in the day. Now, the walk-in store serving up desserts along Broadway near Pearl Street is home to baked-to-order cookies, milkshakes, cupcakes, pies, grilled cheese and soups with vegan and gluten-free options to boot.

But on a frosty night with CU finals looming, it's the business' delivery orders keeping Kevin busy.

"It's great because people are generally very happy to see you," he said.

The CU alum's well-loved Honda Accord was littered with receipts from past deliveries. Kevin hoisted pizza-box-like containers filled with delicious morsels into the back of his car, and off he went.


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The need for an air freshener is void when piping hot chocolate chip cookies are riding in the back seat.

Kevin has had his fair share of exciting deliveries. There was that time Kevin Costner's son ordered cookies as a CU student.

"I saw the name 'Costner' come up on the delivery name, and I was curious, so I Googled it," Kevin said. "And it was him! I showed up and was like, 'Yep, that's Kevin Costner's son, all right.'"

Kevin Comstock, left, co-owner of Boulder Baked, grabs cookies to go out on a delivery on Dec. 14.
Kevin Comstock, left, co-owner of Boulder Baked, grabs cookies to go out on a delivery on Dec. 14. (Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer)

Famous musicians passing through for a gig often get tipped off about the late-night dessert delivery. Boulder Baked has delivered to the Flobots and Fitz and the Tantrums, among other celebrities with a sweet tooth.

A more common destination: the CU dorms.

On the last day of fall classes, Kevin's cookie-filled car is like a mirage carrying desserts in a desert of upcoming exams, projects and papers.

Sophomore Tori Ball exited the Williams Village dorms to meet Kevin in her pajamas, clutching a half-nibbled piece of Cosmo's pizza.

She stuck her face near the six boxes of cookies she ordered for her dormitory floor and inhaled.

"I want to cry because I'm so happy," Ball said. "This is amazing. Sniff this. It's amazing."

Ball, a resident adviser who oversees freshmen students, cradled the boxes like a newborn baby and carted them back to her dorm, where hungry students were waiting for a break in their studies to feast.

Soon, a young man moseyed out of the dorm past Ball, beckoned by Kevin's phone call.

Carter Deller's mom sent him a surprise cookie cake.

"It's my birthday," said Deller, confused by the interruption in his studies. "It's finals, so everything has been kind of chaotic. I'm shocked."

Back on CU's main campus, Kevin spotted his next customer's cellphone glowing in the moonlight, standing outside of the Kittredge dorms.

Joe Murphy's parents ordered him a baker's dozen chocolate chip cookies to celebrate classes being over and finals on the way.

The freshman biochemistry major was in the midst of finishing up an essay and needed to get cracking on his chemistry work.

"I'm happy I can snack on some cookies while working," Murphy said.

Kevin headed back to the store to see what delivery orders awaited.

The place was packed. High-heeled young women ready to hit the downtown bars were making milkshake pit stops. A family extended bedtime rules to have holiday cookies and milk with a game of checkers spread out on the store's table.

This — the community that gathers around wafting scents of cookie dough — is what Kevin cherishes the most about Boulder Baked.

Well, that, and the bonus cookies he scores throughout the day.

"It's rare I have a day without a cookie," Kevin said.

Stocking the car with loot again, Kevin drove off into the night, pulling up to a home near CU at the same time as a pizza delivery man.

"This must be the one," Kevin said.

A young woman answered the door, and Kevin hands her the receipt for her order.

"Murphy?" he asked her. "Wait, do you have a brother?"

"Yes," said Bridget Murphy, a CU senior. "You delivered to my brother a little while ago. Our mom ordered us Boulder Baked because I'm done with all my classes. I'm so excited, and this is such a special treat."

The brother-and-sister pair ordering from the brother-and-sister bakery team pleased Kevin, who climbed back inside his noble stead to stock back up on cookies and treats.

With delivery available through 11 p.m., Kevin still had a few hours to go supplying the city with the fuel it needed to study and get through the night.

"The night is young," Kevin said. "Let's get going."

Elizabeth Hernandez: 303-473-1106, hernandeze@dailycamera.com