Cupcake Station, Blake Farms Partner To Form Bakehouse46, Which Opens Tuesday

The first location will be in downtown Birmingham.

WWJ News
February 24, 2020 - 9:15 pm

Photo via Bakehouse46


BIRMINGHAM, Mich. (WWJ) -- Just in time for Fat Tuesday, two powerhouses when it comes to sweet treats in metro Detroit are merging to create a new cuulinary experience.

Bakehouse46 is slated to open its first location in downtown Birmingham Tuesday, as Detroit-based Cupcake Station partners with Blake's Orchards to create a new chain serving all sorts of Michigan-made treats.

Bakehouse46, with a nod to the year Blake's Farms opened, 1946, will feature the cupcakes made famous by Cupcake Station, as well as the beloved Blake's signature cider mill donuts and other signature treats. They'll also have bagels, gourmet coffee, sandwiches, Michigan-made ice cream, caramel apples, fudge and more.

Todd Gildersleeve, managing director of Cupcake Station, tells WWJ the partnership was a perfect opportunity to bring together to great staples of the metro Detroit area.

"I think it creates a great opportunity for us to take what Cupcake Station has been known for, for a long time with the gourmet cupcakes and also bring the items that people have loved for over 70 years with Blake’s," he said.

Cupcake Station opened in 2006 as Michigan's first Cupcakery and will now pair with the Armada-based Blake's, which Andrew Blake says he's excited for.

"We brought in someone from our side of the business, the Blake's side, who has a ton of culinary experience, so we've really put together a great team to put together a great product offering from cupcakes to donuts, to gourmet coffee, sandwiches bagels. We're really looking for this to be something people look to go to," said Blake, who is the president of Blake Family Companies.

Bakehouse46 plans to open at least five locations, including the Birmingham store that will open at 136 N. Old Woodward at 6 a.m. Tuesday. The other locations have not been finalized, but Gildersleeve says they plan on bringing one to downtown Rochester.