There are few things in life more satisfying than a great piece of cake. Except maybe a cupcake to go with your cake. Of course, you must add a cookie to go with it. While you’re at it, you might as well throw in a petit-four. Life’s short – eat dessert first.
At Blue Cake Company, you can get everything that you need to satisfy your sweet tooth. This Little Rock bakery offers a plethora of delicious desserts and sweet treats for all ages, from custom cakes to petit fours to cake pops to macarons and more.
Since 2005, Blue Cake has been turning out unique, eye-catching cakes for clients across Arkansas. The company started just as popular Food Network began showing cake shows, leading to a boom in creative cakes.
The creative mind behind Blue Cake is Jan Lewandowski who, along with her husband Steve, started Blue Cake. Jan had been working as the Capital Hotel’s pastry chef when the hotel closed for major renovations, and the couple decided it was time to open shop for themselves.
Looking at her vibrant cakes (and tasting them, too), it would seem that Lewandowski was born to bake and had been cooking since an early age. But that’s not the case – she came to baking late, starting in college and training in culinary school and then working at a series of notable Little Rock restaurants before opening Blue Cake Company.
“Growing up, we didn’t bake much other than cookies or cake mix.I bought a dessert cookbook that caught my eye when I was a teenager and started trying recipes and watching “Great Chefs” on the Discovery Channel during my first year of college,” she says. “I was a terrible baker though and not much better at cooking. My family was probably confused by my decision to go to culinary school but they were supportive!”
Lewandowski quickly fell in love with baking. Every part of the process, she says, is enjoyable. That’s why she enjoys serving as a faculty member at UA-Pulaski Tech Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management Institute, teaching baking, pastry and chocolate classes. “One of the best things about teaching pastry is that every week is different, which is perfect for me because I do love all of it,” she says.
Just browse Blue Cake Company’s selection and marvel at the spectrum of cakes and desserts they make. They make more than 15 different kinds of cakes in flavors that include birthday cake, wedding cake, Italian cream cake, strawberry, red velvet, coconut, German chocolate, raspberry ganache, tipsy truffle, carrot cake, cookies and cream, lemon and more.
And that’s just the flavors. The design possibilities are virtually unlimited. Blue Cake Company embraces the creativity that goes with baking, and they can have fun while they’re at it.
“We love our customers because they can be so creative and fun! We’ve made a lot of crazy cakes but my favorite goes way back to our early years when someone ordered a styrofoam dummy cake decorated for an office birthday,” Lewandowski says. “Of course, the birthday girl couldn’t cut it so she called to complain about her cake being frozen and as soon as she did, you could hear her co-workers laughing hysterically. Being part of these experiences is definitely the best part of what we do!”
Blue Cake Company has become so popular that they’ve run out of room at their Cantrell Road location in Little Rock. In September 2019, Lewandowski and her husband purchased Honey Pies, a West Little Rock bakery. The new space will serve as the main production space for Blue Cake Company’s desserts, particularly the custom cakes.
However, Lewandowski says that they plan to keep many of Honey Pies’ pies and coffee offerings.
“We took over in September and will keep most of the pies and coffee drinks while adding our cakes and petit fours,” she says. “I’ve been a big fan of Honey Pies since it opened and Sharon Woodson has done a wonderful job creating a brand that is recognized for great, handmade pies. She’s been a great help during the transition and we want to respect the products she created.”
“The biggest change for us will be moving the majority of our production to the Bowman location, especially the custom cakes. Now we can offer coffee, more seating and pies along with our cakes and hopefully create an even better experience for our customers. And I think everyone will appreciate the extra parking! We’ll still have the Cantrell location for our petit fours, signature cakes and pies too.
Now, Blue Cake Company is gearing up for a busy holiday season. With chilly air coming to Little Rock, it’s the perfect time to break out the tea and indulge in some tasty desserts for a holiday party. Lewandowski recommends going with the petit-fours for parties.
“For parties, petit-fours are definitely the way to go! You can have a variety of flavors for your guests and you don’t have to cut cake. Plus, if you need something last minute, we always have a great selection available,” she says.
No matter what route you decide to take with desserts, you won’t go wrong at Blue Cake Company.