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Monday, September 30, 2019

A Lovely Birthday ~ The Cake Bake Shop in Carmel

Happy Monday Morning Everyone!

Thank you all for the wonderful birthday wishes! I had a great weekend. I didn't do a whole lot but going to the Cake Bake Shop was everything. 

Walking into the shop this is what you saw. Grand chandeliers everywhere! Gwendolyn did not skimp on the glamour for this restaurant. 

Loved the mirrored walls and elegant sconces. They were everywhere!

This was our table. The tables and chairs were just as stylish as the walls and floors! I adored these salt and pepper shakers. I asked if they were available to purchase and they were! If you are interested here is the link.

Once seated I immediately ordered the sparkling lavender lemonade and it did not disappoint. It was delicious! I love lemonade that doesn't taste like a cup of sugar! The hint of lavender was just enough. I loved the real fresh rose petals too!

I ordered the turkey and gruyere sandwich. It was on a toasted french baguette with maille dijon. It was served with an arugula salad lightly dressed with a lemon vinaigrette and parmesan cheese. Delicious!

I could not help myself. I ordered a side of the herb potato salad. It's baby red potatoes with dill, Italian parsley, basil, green onions, lightly dressed with lemon. It was mixed with their homemade mayonnaise.  

My husband ordered the lemon parmesan chicken breasts with pommes frites. He also could not help himself and ordered a bowl of the chicken velvet soup. It was sooo delicious ladies! We ordered four bowls to go!

And lastly, for my birthday cake, I ordered the millionaire cake. It is three layers of Valrhona french chocolate with house-made caramel, vanilla bean buttercream, and house-made butter shortbread cookies. It was topped with Callebaut Belgian chocolate fudge, more shortbread, and caramel.  

Once we finished lunch I had to visit the ladies room. I know this is weird but I love beautiful bathrooms. Is that bad? This one had beautiful sconces and gold hardware. It was hard not to admire. 

Mrs. Gwendolyn's article in Tea Time Magazine. 

Love the paint color and gold hardware!

Sorry I know it's toilet paper but how chic!

Once I was finished in the ladies room, I decided to visit the bakery section of the restaurant. 

Tasteful Halloween decor in the bakery

Look at all of the lovely Lenox china. I really wanted the teapot but the price was a little scary.

More and more delicious desserts. We did grab a few of the macaroons before they sold out. 

I thought these snow globes were so charming!

Of course, I could not leave without seeing the teacups and saucers. 

I also loved these silicone spatulas! These would make great gifts!

Oh, the cookies and cream cake!

I still have not tried the red velvet cake. I really need to try that!

I took one more walkthrough before leaving.

The bar scene was pretty elegant also.

Of course, I could not leave without a teacup and saucer. These are pricey but I only purchased one which is enough. 

I also could not pass up these gorgeous pink pens and the ink is blue! Yay, my favorite!

It was a wonderful birthday lunch with my husband.

We enjoyed ourselves very much and look forward to returning.

Thanks for reading!

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)


  1. Dear Mrs. Shockley,

    I think I want to live there! Your photos are wonderful and the food, decor and company are wonderful, too. That lemonade with the rose petal had me at hello.

    What a gorgeous place. Your husband, like mine, is a good sport....and he always loves the food at the places I ask him to accompany me. Your husband must have enjoyed his meal, and what a great idea to take home some soup.

    If we ever visit Indianapolis, you'll know where to find me.

    I'm glad your birthday lunch was so elegant.

    Warmly, Kathleen

    1. Hello Kathleen,
      Lol, when our waitress brought out the lavender lemonade my heart sung a bit! I thought how pretty is that.
      Yes, my husband is a good sport and he adored that chicken velvet soup! It was so good! If you ever visit Indianapolis you better tell me! Thank you for the birthday wishes Kathleen!

  2. What a wonderful and so lovely time!!
    Sorry I have not been around ... my Mum is in hospital .
    I want to wish you a happy belated Birthday and I would buy that Lenox cup and saucer too ---- but I do love a "trio" ... guess its very Australian ... that is a cup, saucer and plate.
    Lenox china was sold here some time ago and I thought it was very good and I know a bit about china ... I collect trio's .

    1. Hello LadyJicky!
      Oh, I hope you mother feels better. Please continue to update us. I am with you I wanted a plate too but my husband gave me that "don't you dare" look! Oh no, you don't have Lenox there? Not fun! I do hope that your mother feels better and thank you for the birthday wishes!