Gwendolyn's Cake Bake Shop Listed #1 Reason You Won’t Want To Miss Carmel, Indiana

With a population of around 100,000 people, Carmel, Indiana is neither large nor small, yet travelers probably drive past it on the way to or from Chicago and Indianapolis. However, situated only 30 minutes north of Indy, less than three hours from Chicago and less than two hours from Cincinnati, Carmel’s burgeoning food scene makes it ideal for a quick dining stop or a longer weekend getaway.  Any season is a good time to visit, but during the Christmas season, Carmel lights up with Carmel Christkindlmarkt, featuring raclette and several kinds of Glühwein. Carmel abounds with a score of women-owned businesses, global cuisine, the Carmel Caffeine Trail (the nation's first) and the most roundabouts of any U.S. city. 


In 2014, owner Gwendolyn Rogers opened her first Cake Bake eatery in Indianapolis’ Broad Ripple neighborhood. In 2019, she opened a second location and more spacious restaurant at Carmel City Center.

The extensive menu consists of French- and New Orleans-inspired dishes such as gumbo poutine, hunks of quiche, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers and crab cakes. But make sure you save room for dessert, specifically cake.

Rogers and staff create cookies and pies but also Oprah-approved three-layer cakes in the basement of the restaurant. Although it costs around $15 for a slice of cake, it’s large enough to share with the entire table. Besides the sweet and savory menus, Cake Bake offers coffee drinks, cocktails and champagne, because nothing goes better with excellent cake than a little sparkle.