A sweet new business, Nothing Bundt Cakes, opened recently in Harker Heights offering a refreshing modern twist to an old-fashioned dessert — Bundt cake.
The bakery, located at 201 E. Central Texas Expressway in the Market Heights shopping center, is owned by Mona and Jack Gabriel along with son, Daniel and his family.
To celebrate the grand opening celebration, a ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for today, starting at 10 a.m.
A portion of the all sales that day will be donated to Operation Phantom Support, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing help to service members and veterans.
“The Killeen, Harker Heights, Temple, Belton area has some of the friendliest people in the country,” Jack Gabriel said. “I grew up on military bases, and being near Fort Hood and having the chance to serve those who serve us is an honor.”
Nothing Bundt Cakes reintroduces an old family favorite — Bundt cake — to newer generations with a light, moist taste and custom cake decorations that enhance all occasions.
Sizes range from 8-inch and 10-inch to the smaller “bundtinis” as well as a single-serve “bundtlet.”
For larger groups, a tiered cake can serve up to 26 people. Cake flavors include red velvet, lemon, marble, carrot, pecan praline, cinnamon swirl and chocolate chip, plus seasonal flavors, like pumpkin and peppermint.
A gluten-free cake is also available.
All the cakes are made fresh from scratch daily and frosted in-house.
Greeting each customer when they cross the bakery’s threshold is the smell of freshly baked cakes.
A soothing, warm color palette blends with the whimsical furniture and hand-painted signage reminiscent of yesteryear but with a fresh approach.
The 1,500 square-foot-store was renovated in about three months, including the installation of all new kitchen and baking equipment used by a staff of about 20 employees.
About three years ago, the Gabriels were looking for something happy and joyous to do in their retirement years when they tasted a Nothing Bundt Cake at a family reunion and were impressed with the moistness and flavor.
While on business in McKinney, they entered one of the bakeries for the first time and that is when fate took over.
“We looked at the store and then at each other and said, we can do this,” Mona recalled.
In 2013, they opened their first store in Tyler and soon after opened two out-of-state stores.
The bakery in Harker Heights is their fourth shop.
“We really love the Texas Hill Country, and are so glad to be here,” said Mona, who like Jack, is from Monroe, La., but they moved to Texas in 1994.
A lover of baking since childhood, Mona Gabriel chose a career in the legal-social services and retired from the Texas Attorney General’s office, where she managed a child support office for 18 years.
Jack Gabriel said food is in his blood since he spent most of his career in the grocery business.
“But the opportunity to own your own business and work for yourself and then apply the experiences from our careers and life is not only a blessing but makes us feel good every day,” he said.
One of the features the Gabriels liked most about the company are the guidelines that all the stores adhere to for the highest quality standards.
“The great taste is the same in every store, whether you eat our cakes or from a bakery in California,” he said.
Founded in 1997, Nothing Bundt Cakes is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., and the Heights store makes 186 bakeries open in 30 states and Canada.
“This is a wonderful franchise company to work for and with, because they gave us a lot of training and support,” she added. “Our goal is to make everyone’s day a little sweeter when they eat one of our Bundt cakes.”
Also, on Saturday starting at 9 a.m., the first 50 customers will receive free Bundtlets for a year. Then a family-friendly event begins at 11 a.m. with free entertainment, giveaways and cake samples.