Klingler's Café

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Klingler's European Bakery, Café and Catering Company was a bakery and café located at 621 Montgomery Highway in Vestavia Hills. It was opened by 1991 by Irmgard Klingler Middleton. Her children and grandchildren, including Eric and Michelle Witherington, and head chef Kelley Wilton helped run the operation.

Klingler's Black Forest cake was honored as one of "Birmingham's Best 101 Things to Eat" by Birmingham magazine in 2002, and it was named "Best European Bakery" a year later in the same publication. In 2006 ("The Year of Alabama Food"), the Alabama Bureau of Tourism & Travel named the Black Forest cake from Klingler's as one of its "100 dishes to eat in Alabama before you die."

In addition to its famous Black Forest cake and variety of creamy cheesecakes, Klingler's created unique birthday, wedding and groom's cakes to order.

Klingler's closed in 2020 due to losses from the Coronavirus pandemic.


  • Alabama Bureau of Tourism & Travel (2006) 100 dishes to eat in Alabama before you die (PDF)
  • Maugans, Debby (September 2006) "All in the Baking Family: Three generations run this old-world style bakery and café with love of family and a few experts in the kitchen." Birmingham Magazine. Vol. 46, No. 9. p. 284
  • Embry, Neal (June 5, 2020) "Klingler's closing after almost 30 years in Vestavia Hills." Vestavia Voice

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