Apr 18, 2024 - Food and Drink

Bayou Saint Cake shuts down bakery

A portrait of Bronwen Wyatt standing next to a jukebox.

Bronwen Wyatt. Photo by Sarah Becker

Bronwen Wyatt is closing her bakery, Bayou Saint Cake, but maintaining the brand as she transitions into a new phase of her career, the pastry chef announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: Wyatt has led pastry programs at some of the city's most notable restaurants, emerging in recent years as a national trendsetter.

Zoom in: Wyatt's distinctive squiggly style and whimsical flavors earned her features in Food & Wine and Bon Appetit and landed on the cover of Bitter Southerner.

  • With the development of her own brand, Wyatt saw her king cakes and other creations become highly sought-after around the city, often selling out month to month.
  • Most recently, she's offered slices at pop-ups and at Bar Pomona.

But for a long time, Wyatt has felt a call to pursue a different passion, she writes in her Substack newsletter.

  • "I never planned on becoming an entrepreneur or cake 'influencer' — I never planned on becoming a cook, period. A rash decision I made as a broke twenty-two year old had become my whole career," she writes.
  • "When I was a kid, I said I wanted to be an artist and a writer, and at forty, nothing about that has changed."

What's next: Wyatt has other projects in the works, and she will continue offering cooking classes.

  • Her next one is May 23, and sign-up is available through EventBrite.
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