Cake Bake Shop, a popular Broad Ripple eatery, announced a second location is coming to the Carmel City Center in fall 2018.
“I was just waiting for the right place and the right opportunity to come up,” Cake Bake owner Gwendolyn Rogers said. “I’ve had about 10 companies approach me to try to open a second location, but it never felt right.”
Rogers opened her original shop at 6515 Carrollton Avenue about three years ago. Since then she’s won numerous awards and has baked for many celebrities, including making a 70th birthday cake for TV chef Paula Deen.
Cake Bake began to offer some carryout cakes at the Kroger grocery store on Range Line Road after its remodel, but Rogers said she ended the agreement about a year ago because she was already having trouble keeping up with demand at the Broad Ripple store.
Her new location will be in the Baldwin Building, which is under construction near a new parking garage and not far from Graeter’s Ice Cream in the Nash Building. Cake Bake will be on the west side of the building, so it won’t face Range Line Road, but it will have outdoor dining, lots of parking and be a short walk to The Palladium.
“We are pleased to announce The Cake Bake Shop will be joining our premier tenant mix at City Center next year and look forward to the beautiful designs and décor Gwendolyn Rogers creates for all to enjoy as they visit the Center,” said Melissa Averitt, senior vice president at Carmel City Center. “It is going to be an amazing experience.”
Rogers said she’s going to try to recreate the small cottage feel of her original location while still making the second location much bigger. Rogers said she’s going from 1,900 square feet in Broad Ripple to 3,600 square feet in Carmel.
“I really want to recreate that cottage feel in Carmel City Center,” she said. “I want to keep that same feel and design.”
Rogers said a few things will be different at the new location. She said there will be a larger menu with a full lunch and dinner. There will be brunch with treats such as eggs benedict and possibly beignets. And she’ll have a full liquor license instead of serving just beer and wine.
“My hours will be extended to accommodate any activities in Carmel,” she said.