Old School Bakery opens in Huntingburg

Photo courtesy Old School Bakery

From Herald Staff Reports

HUNTINGBURG — Certified pastry chef Catherine Bramlett has opened Old School Bakery at 302 E. Fourth St.


Affiliated with Old School Café, the bakery offers fresh-baked doughnuts, cupcakes, turnovers and cookies and fresh-brewed coffee, mochas, lattes and cappuccinos and takes orders for custom cakes, cookies and pastries. The bakery also supplies desserts for the café.

Bramlett graduated with cum laude honors from Sullivan University, Louisville, in March 2012 with an associate’s degree in baking and pastry arts. She is assisted by Sandy Ahlemeier, owner of Old School Café, and Ahlemeier’s daughter, Natalie Ahlemeier.

Before beginning her journey as a pastry chef, Bramlett was a sociology student at the University of Southern Indiana and a waitress at Old School Café. After changing her career path and completing her pastry studies, she returned to the café  to make desserts. It took just two weeks for the idea of opening a bakery linked to the café to take hold.

“We were making all of these wonderful desserts for the café ­— pies, decorated Halloween cookies, turnovers — and I was getting cake orders almost as soon as I returned to the café,” said Bramlett, who specializes in cake decorating. “Opening a bakery just made sense.”

For special orders, Bramlett works in tandem with customers, browsing the Internet for photographs she can draw from to create the cakes, cookies and other desserts they envision. She molds fondant by hand to create scenes or make a cake look like a perfectly wrapped present.

“Old School Bakery is a great place for events such as wedding parties, birthday parties or just meeting up with an old friend for a doughnut and some coffee,” Bramlett said.

Old School Bakery is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 4, the bakery will be open from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The phone number is 639-9012 and the email address is here. The bakery can also be found on Facebook.

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