The Cake Bake Shop had been on my radar for awhile, but I never ventured over to Broadripple to check it out until tonight. HOLY BAKED GOODS! I think this is what heaven looks like and I loved the decor, the people, and the menu. It looks like a quaint cottage home turned Parisian paradise. It is the perfect after dinner dessert spot and it is Indy’s version of Serendipity, minus the frozen hot chocolate. The employees are clad in pink clothes and aprons and the girls have pink bows in their hair. There are chandeliers, marble countertops, and little ceramic pots with white and brown sugar cubes on the table. It is the kind of place I would take a little girl (or big girl) for a day out on the town.

My boss celebrates his birthday tomorrow, so it was the perfect reason to stop for a slice of red velvet to go and enjoy an apricot crumble bar at one of the little tables inside. I asked for a balloon and was told that the ‘balloons are for children,” but after I explained that my boss is a kid at heart and that I wear children’s clothes, she gave up and got me a pink balloon. Disclaimer: I had enjoyed some wine at this point and this is where my grandmother’s stubbornness comes out. My boss is possibly the best boss I have ever had. His name is on the building and founded our PR firm in Bloomington almost 40 years ago. I have so much respect for him and he instantly made me feel comfortable to be myself and be a valuable member of the team. He also has a great sense of humor, which is essential when you work in a fast paced, stressful environment.

The apricot crumble bar was delicious – it had a perfectly baked shortbread crust and it had just the right amount of crumble. They had two varieties of oatmeal raisin cookies – one flat and one more biscuit like, which reminded me of my oatmeal raisin throwdown. The had several layer cakes to choose from, including red velvet, a caramel cake with Just Pop In popcorn (Indiana company) on the top, and a chocolate cake. They also had brownies, lemon bars, and a pumpkin bar. I got an Illy decaf coffee with the apricot bar, plus the slice of red velvet for a total of $20. I first experienced Illy coffee one summer in DC and I remember thinking it was so fancy! Now I think of DC every time I have it.








A pink trashcan and blankets for chilly nights on the patio





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