Restaurants and bakeries of all kinds can be found in Bloomington-Normal. One can purchase delicious, freshly baked cupcakes, donuts and pies from multiple shops around town. Until recently, however, the only thing not offered was cheesecake. Thankfully, That’s So Sweet cheesecake bakery has filled the void we didn’t know existed in our diets.
Lindsay Bachman, owner, founder and operator of That’s So Sweet baked her first cheesecake in 2009 and quickly found her talent. From there, she began her journey into the cheesecake world the way any successful entrepreneur gets her start: hard work, creativity and Google.
“Baking was never a huge passion of mine. The first [cheesecake recipe] I did Google — I was taking it into work for someone’s birthday,” Bachman said. “From there I just started to experiment. I spent some Saturdays in my kitchen and just kind of tried different things.”
Four years later, Bachman has two cake shops to show for it. The first opened in Lexington in 2011 and was an instant success. The most recent opened just three weeks ago at our very own Uptown Circle. After opening the Normal location, Bachman says her team has almost tripled its cheesecake production.
“White chocolate raspberry and salted caramel come close to selling out every day,” Bachman said. “Pumpkin is huge this time of year, and peppermint. Birthday cake is my favorite and that one sells pretty well too.”
That’s So Sweet offers many classic cheesecake flavors such as turtle, cookies & cream and lemon. But its out-of-the-norm flavors are what really sets the shop apart. Some of these flavors include Andes mint, pistachio, piña colada, maple bacon, hazelnut mocha, peach amaretto and Nutter Butter.
Along with these delectable flavors, the cheesecakery also has a special holiday menu, with options that are only available for a limited time.
“Pumpkin, s’mores and caramel apple are our fall flavors and those we’ll do through Thanksgiving. And then the Saturday after Thanksgiving we’ll start our Christmas flavors, which are peppermint, gingerbread and eggnog. Those’ll be here for the month of December,” Bachman said.
In total, the bakery has more than 40 flavors and almost all of them can be made gluten free, by substituting a pecan crust. On a regular day, one can find about 14 different flavors of cheesecake minis to buy on the spot. All of the other flavors are available for special order in mini, 4 inches, 6 inches and 9 inches.
At That’s So Sweet, you never have to worry about stale products. The mouth-watering cheesecakes are baked fresh every night, by head baker, Sarah Kelley, and transported to the shop the very next day to provide customers with the highest quality of baked goods.
Bachman says she chose the Uptown Circle for her second shop location because she loves the atmosphere and the clientele Normal provides. More than that, she says that she has enjoyed being able to bring something new to the table — literally.
“I am just excited to bring another unique product to town. A lot of people do frozen yogurt and there are a lot of cupcake places, so it’s fun to do something completely different. I originally thought maybe we’d do other things, but now I think it’s better to do one thing and do it well,” Bachman said.