Muddy's Bake Shop expands, offers classes in its new cooking school
Ever wonder how to make the cupcakes and sweet treats you have enjoyed at Muddy’s Bake Shop?
Well, you no longer have to wonder. Muddy’s Bake Shop has added a cooking school to its offerings.
Muddy’s Bake Shop has expanded its Broad Avenue location into the entire building at Broad and North Merton Street.
Muddy’s owner Kat Gordon now refers to the shop’s location as “a campus.”
“All the experience of the past 13 years and multiple locations — I used it all on this project,” Gordon said.
It a dream and a passion turned into a reality.
“I love hosting … preparing it for you and then having people there to enjoy it," she said. "Classes offer that experience for me to host and to have quality time with folks."
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Reinventing a recipe for success
“This is how Muddy’s would have grown if not started in a shopping center,” Gordon said.
“When looking at reopening, you ask the question: What do I want regardless of what I have been doing? Here’s what I would have wanted.”
Instead of multiple retail shops throughout the city, Gordon now has a busy bakery with a small retail shop, a thriving pre-order business, a food truck for special events — and now a cooking school.
When Collage Dance Collective decided to make the move to a new facility, Gordon jumped on the opportunity to take over the entire building that housed her kitchen.
“The timing worked. We had the ingredients we needed to make what we wanted to make,” she said.
The cooking school
Gordon has transformed the former dance studio in to a bright and cheerful culinary classroom. Every attention to detail went into the design.
Brightly colored KitchenAid stand mixers and all sizes of whisks, spatulas and scoops line a peg-board wall that would make Julia Child smile.
Wooden workstations are designed to move around and change height depending on the student.
“When I was the fundraising chair for St. Columba’s retreat center, I remember how important it was the we make the lodges handicap accessible,” she said as she recalled her “a-ha” moment for the table design.
Even the electricity is mobile. Retractable multi-plug power cords hang from the ceiling above each work station.
The design incorporates the whimsical signature Muddy’s style of Gordon’s retail shops.
“Some of the best collage artists cut up their own art," she said. "This is my collage."
Gordon said the vibrant green and yellow floor pulls from both her Sanderlin location (which had green flooring) and Muddy’s Grindhouse in Midtown that was meant to have a butter yellow kitchen floor.
Above the vintage bright green sink (which came from the laundry room of her home) is a painting that serves as a hidden door to the dish room on the other side of the wall.
Gnomes make appearances throughout the space.
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Ann Parker, lead designer and owner of Parker Design Group, worked with Gordon on the transformation of the space.
“Kat’s branding runs to the core of her business, which made working with her a creative thrill. It goes beyond every detail and feel,” Parker said. “It is amazing how much she focuses on her employee and customer experience. Her full dream is being realized, and it is not without incredible visioning and execution.”
What you can learn at Muddy's
Classes on whoopie pies, scones and chocolate chip cookie “sammiches” are just a few of the classes being offered this fall.
Gordon is offering both in-person and virtual cookie classes on her current “curriculum.”
For now, each in-person class is limited to nine students. Eventually, Gordon hopes to expand the class size to 12. In-person classes start at $60. Virtual classes start at $35.
Gordon will be the teacher for most classes initially. But she said she eventually hopes the offerings will include classes taught by members of her team, as well for the space to become a place for others in the community to teach courses.
The first in-person class is Nov. 13.
Visit muddysbakeshop.com to register for a class.
Jennifer Chandler is the Food & Dining reporter at The Commercial Appeal. She can be reached at [email protected] and you can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @cookwjennifer.
At a glance
Muddy’s Bake Shop
Where: 2497 Broad Ave.
Retail Shop Hours: Noon-5:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
Cooking Classes: Times vary