The Cake Bake Shop

Monday, January 11, 2021

I’ve been wanting to get the boys desks for their rooms for awhile (both because it’s practical for them and because I wanted Eric to have a dedicated crafting/project spot that wasn’t ALL. OVER. THE. HOUSE. So this past weekend, I planned a trip to IKEA.

I decided to ask my best friend if she wanted to come, since she loves IKEA and we’ve barely seen one another this past year, and she jumped at the idea. She then asked if I wanted to grab breakfast beforehand. That gave me an idea.

I’d wanted to try The Cake Bake Shop for several years, and her birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks, so I figured a trip there for cake for breakfast (my treat, since she often takes me out for lunch for my birthday) was perfect. The problem is that it’s often booked up months in advance. But at 7pm on Friday, I was able to snag a reservation for when the Carmel location opened the next morning.

I cannot remember the last time I felt as fancy and feminine as I did walking into the shop, but as a mom who has spent the last few weeks stuck at home with some rowdy boys, it was a welcome respite. From what I’ve heard, the original location in Broad Ripple is very pink, but the Carmel location was very white with gold and silver details. As soon as you walk in, you’re greeted with a sparkling chandelier. They still had the Christmas decorations up; everywhere you looked, there was a glittery ornament, a playful polar bear, or a twinkling light. We were led through French doors to our table near the windows, glass-topped and flanked with wicker chairs, nestled against the wall beneath a glittering pinecone garland.

The Carmel location does have a full food menu and a full bar (which was GORGEOUS — so much champagne!), but we just ordered massive slices of cake and specialty coffees. I ordered the Winter Spice Latte (espresso, brown sugar cinnamon syrup, Ghirardelli white chocolate, and steamed milk) and a slice of Oprah’s ‘O’ List Mint Chocolate Chip Cake (French chocolate cake with mini chocolate chips, mint buttercream, and Belgian chocolate ganache); Dominique ordered a S’mores Mocha (espresso, steamed milk, toasted marshmallow syrup, and Belgian chocolate) and a slice of Raspberry Champagne Cake (vanilla cake soaked with champagne simple syrup, raspberry jam, fresh raspberries, and champagne buttercream.

My latte was actually the first coffee drink I’d ever had that had set only the foam (a cute little cinnamon snowflake), and it was really tasty. It wasn’t super sweet, but it wasn’t bitter at all. I liked my cake, but I thought it was really rich; I’m definitely getting the raspberry champagne next time (I tried a bite of Dominique’s, and it was much lighter, plus the champagne buttercream was AMAZING)! Everything was served on really pretty customized Lenox china. Service was extremely attentive, and the manager was even the one who brought out our coffee.

There is also a to-go area to the right when you first walk in. You can grab bakery items to go, as well as merch. There are little tables outside where you can sit (first come, first served), and they looked like it would have been a lovely place to sit had it not been 20°F.

If you’re looking for a cheap slice of cake, this is not the place to go (the cake is expensive, but the slices are HUGE — I brought some of mine home!). But if you’re looking for a delicious, memorable experience, you can’t go wrong with The Cake Bake Shop!

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