I’ve been looking for something my youngest daughter might enjoy. We’ve tried swimming, soccer and gymnastics and while those were fun, it wasn’t her ‘thing’. That’s why I was excited to find Sweet Minis Cakes and Bakes in Brownsburg.
Not only do they offer a shop full of our favorite sweets, Chef Casey Ward also offers baking classes for youth through adult, and they are a blast.
Chef Casey’s Story
Ward was a human resource consultant for more than two decades and taught small businesses about best practices, infrastructure and retaining employees.
When the pandemic changed everything, Ward worked from home and missed the social interaction of working with others. She began to stress bake and enrolled in culinary school at Ivy Tech.
In the meantime, Ward was working on losing weight. She lost a total of 75 pounds and cut sugar completely out of her diet. When she began working sugar back into her diet, Ward realized the mini-sized desserts were perfect.
Enjoy your favorite cake, pudding or macaroon in a mini version in a whimsical and fun way without the guilt.
Sweet Minis Boutique Bakery
Sweet Minis officially opened in the fall of 2022. Located next to The Breakfast Co. and sharing a space with charcuterie boutique Brie and Bartlett, customers can get their sugar fix with mini cakes, cupcakes, puddings and more in a variety of flavors.
Try the mintinis (mini cakes) in strawberry, birthday cake, lemon, pecan spice and seasonal flavors like German Chocolate cake. They also offer gluten free and dairy free products.
Ward said the idea of delivering a mini birthday cake to the office manager or family friend, decorated in a custom theme is popular. She even hosts birthday and private parties for up to 25, so guests can decorate their own cake or brownie to take home.
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Learn How to Bake
My daughter participated in one of Ward’s introductory classes for cookies and loved every minute of it.
The small group learned how to bake from scratch, measuring, mixing and decorating. With fun music playing in the background, the delicious smells coming from the oven and Chef Casey’s instruction and incredible patience, it left her feeling like she was a master in the kitchen.
Sweet Minis offers classes for youth through adult, from drop-in courses to a four-week class that covers brownies, cookies, biscuits and cupcakes. There are also options for one-on-one courses, teaching students how to make butter cream icing, bake, frost and decorate their own mini cake.
In 2023, Sweet Minis will continue to grow course options, including DIY opportunities for ladies’ night, couples’ night and other groups to learn more about cake decorating. The youth and teen courses will expand as well, including pizza, muffins and donuts.
If you’re like my daughter and have found the thing she loves to do, Chef Casey doesn’t plan to stop there. She’s hoping in the next few years to create a studio, specifically geared toward baking education and separate from Sweet Minis bakery.
She’s managed to combine her love of teaching and creativity, sharing the art of baking with the community.
As new techniques and developments arise in the baking world, Ward hopes to continue teaching and bringing others along with her for the fun ride.