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CakeWalk makes Division Street a whole lot sweeter

Kira Reinke, Contributing Writer

CakeWalk, a new bakery serving up delicious cupcakes and desserts, opened in Northfield one month ago. The sweet little shop has already found a growing fan base and praise for its yummy creations. Located right on Division Street, across the street diagonally from the Archer House, CakeWalk is a great place to stop for a treat while browsing Northfield.

CakeWalk began when co-owners Teara Myers and Jody Breathwaite met as pastry chefs at Byerly’s almost a decade ago and dreamed of one day opening their own bakery. Myers said, “People would travel all the way to Burnsville and Eagan from Northfield just to order cakes and sweets.” Both of them loved Northfield and saw the need for a sweet shop in town. The name CakeWalk comes from both women’s fond childhood memories of cakewalks and their mutual passion for baking and decorating cakes.

The beautiful little shop, softly lit with hanging lamps and filled with comfy leather couches and tables, is a charming spot to enjoy a cupcake and coffee in town. Brightly decorated cake models line the pink and brown walls as well as quotes such as: “Chocolate is the answer. Who cares what the question is?” “Keep calm and eat cake” and “There is nothing better than a good friend except a good friend with cupcakes.” The display case contains levels of delectable and exquisitely prepared cupcakes as well as brownies, tarts, cookies, bars and cakes. Each cupcake is dense, flavorful and covered in sweet, thick icing.

“The cupcakes look delicious, and they taste even better,” Emma Metz ’16 said.

CakeWalk’s most popular cupcake is the Black Velvet cupcake, the store’s signature dessert, which is a moist chocolate cake filled with a rich chocolate ganache and topped with vanilla cream cheese frosting. Other delicious and unique cupcake flavors include the Campfire (vanilla cake with chocolate buttercream filling and marshmallow frosting with graham crackers), Chocolate Stout Cupcake (chocolate Stout cake with chocolate buttercream, caramel and pretzels), Blueberry Pancake (white cake with blueberry filling and maple syrup frosting) and Bugsy (carrot cake with nuts and raisins with a vanilla buttercream frosting). Some other favorites of St. Olaf students are Cookies and Cream, Mint Madness and Pumpkin Spice. Other yummy selections are the chocolate fudge brownies, fresh fruit tart, peanut butter cup cheesecake and chocolate chip sea salt cookie. All of these tasty desserts are baked fresh in house.

Along with cupcakes and desserts, CakeWalk also offers a variety of drinks such as coffee, lattes and cider, as well as scoops of ice cream. With delicious desserts and comfortable places to sit, CakeWalk is the perfect place to enjoy a treat or order a cake for a friend’s birthday!

The store has been very busy, according to Myers. CakeWalk is looking for a few more employees, so if any Oles are interested in working at CakeWalk, please visit the store or its website.

CakeWalk is a wonderful addition to the shops of Northfield and will surely be a hit with St. Olaf students! Visit CakeWalk at 303 Division Street, open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on Sundays.

 

reinke@stolaf.edu

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