|Iced cupcakes come to downtown Gallatin|
|Thursday, March 24, 2011|
By Heather Newman
I grew up baking with my mom and my aunt’s cooking. I can remember making the same sugar cookies I make in the shop today with my Mom when I was little. It’s the same recipe.
The buttercream icing that I make is made the way I learned by watching my mom. I don’t have or follow a recipe for it; it’s just made to taste in small batches for each dessert that I make.
I have fond memories of picking strawberries in my Aunt Sherry’s yard and then making fresh pies with them. So I’ve always been at home in the kitchen.
I moved to Pennsylvania, where I lived for 10 years and fell in love with the desserts at diners.
My favorite sight was walking in the front door and seeing the spinning dessert case you always see in those old-fashioned diners, filled top to bottom with cakes and pies.
I had that old-fashioned kind of picture in my head for when I was able to open my own bakery.
I really always dreamed about opening a bake shop of my own, but the idea really started to seem like it might be possible this past year.
I was baking for friends and family on the side, while working a full-time day job, and the orders for cakes and cupcakes kept picking up. People kept asking for business cards and encouraging me to open a shop.
Around Christmas time, I did some soul-searching as I was about to take a new job working behind a desk and decided I just couldn’t do it. I knew it was time to pursue my dream of opening a bake shop.
I talked to my husband about it, convinced him it was the right time and set out that same day looking for a space to rent. I had looked at lots of spaces before I decided to do this for sure in Nashville, Hendersonville (where we live) and everything was really expensive, or not in an area that would receive foot traffic.
I decided to drive to Gallatin, which I had always loved for the small-town feel with the courthouse and the town square. It feels like home, where I grew up in Indiana, and a little like stepping back in time. I knew it would be the perfect place to bring my old-fashioned, homemade style baked goods.
I saw a “For Rent” sign in the window of one shop on the square and called the number. I got to see the space that same afternoon, brought my husband and a friend up that evening to see it, and days later signed a lease to rent it!
We started working on renovating the space here late January and opened on March 11th!
My first day was a whirlwind. I was here for 16 hours and people were coming in steadily until the evening! My first day of being open, I received a call from a woman who heard I was open and wanted to order a birthday cake to pick up that Sunday.
The entire week was beyond what we ever expected for our first week, especially without having really advertised in any way, just with word of mouth.
It has been a thrill to see the reactions from people when they walk through the front door and see the display case full of sweet treats.
The children (and some grown ups) squeal in delight, and it is the best feeling in the world. I’ve had several amazing comments from “That’s the best cupcakes I’ve ever had” to “That’s the best brownie I’ve ever eaten,” and “Your banana pudding is amazing! It tastes very unique.”
Those are words I will probably never forget, being that they were the things I heard in my first week of my dream job.
I also chose Gallatin because there were no bake shops in town. I can’t tell you how many people come in and say how happy they are that I am here and how Gallatin needed a bakery and how they missed having one.
Some tell me about the one that used to be on the square some time ago. The reception has been so, so welcoming. The people were hungry for sweets here in Gallatin.
The other businesses here on the square have also been very supportive and helpful. I got lots of great advice and encouragement from many of my fellow business owners on the square, and they continue to support what I am doing.
I do birthday and wedding cakes or cupcakes. It’s all buttercream, all the time. I don’t do the fondant designs. There are plenty of people out there who do amazing things with fondant and are very talented cake decorators.
My philosophy is back to the basics, great homemade taste, which I feel like has been lost on the younger generation. I just don’t care for the taste of a layer of fondant over my cakes or want that to be something people relate to my cakes. I do offer edible image cakes, simple piping and designs.
I also offer a cupcake or cookie decorating party for a birthday, shower or special events for up to 15 people. They get one cupcake to decorate, piping bags with icing and sprinkles, plus one of my basic white buttercream cupcakes with sprinkles to take home with them. It’s $75 and lasts two hours. They can call me to get on the calendar for a party now!
The shop is located at 128 N. Water Avenue.