Fancy a piece of delicious cake? Head to the Cat and Rabbit Pastry in Tacoma.
When the pandemic hit in 2020, owners Julia Brown and Terryn Abbitt decided to combine their talent and love of cake to create a safe way for consumers to get their cake fix.
“When Covid hit in 2020, we both found ourselves unemployed. With no end in sight to the pandemic, entrepreneurship just seemed like a natural progression from the relationship we had developed,” Brown said.
Brown and Abbitt were friends before opening their business and worked together baking pastries at a former restaurant. In the interest of safety, The Cat & Rabbit Cake Shop offers a storefront service to customers.
“We set out to develop a business model that combines our passion for baking with the safety and social distancing that fills a void in the market, affordable luxury in a very uncertain time,” Brown said.
Brown had a background in technology and eventually pursued culinary studies, which she had dreamed of for many years. After graduating from culinary school, Brown worked at various restaurants in the Tacoma area before pursuing her true passion by becoming a pastry chef. It was around this time in 2006 that she also became a mother and had to juggle both her career and parenthood. Since then, she has been working in the bakery and cultivating her pastry know-how.
Abbitt also came from a tech background with a passion for baking, which led her to attend cooking school, where she mastered the art of baking.
Today, they are both extremely grateful to have the opportunity to work together and bring a variety of cake flavors to The Cat & Rabbitt, which officially opened in November 2020. When told asked how they chose a name for their pastry, they told us, they were inspired by their own names.
“Our shop name is a fun play on our names. Julia Catherine is the ‘cat,’ and Terryn Abbitt is the ‘bunny,'” Brown said.
The pastry shop, located in Tacoma, is very friendly and accessible to walk-in customers.
“Customers come to the window and peek inside to see between 8 and 10 flavors of cake and choose their slices. We offer a small variety of other pastries on the weekends. special-order whole cakes, as well as small wedding cakes designed to serve 30 to 40 people,” Brown said.
The space in which the pastry shop operates also holds a special memory for Brown and Abbitt, as it was the previous kitchen space where they both worked before the shutdown, but had closed during the pandemic. They feel that the patisserie is ideally located, not only because of its connection to the kitchen space, but also because of the proximity of consumer-friendly businesses.
“We knew this would be a great choice for us and for our customers coming to our storefront in Tacoma’s bustling 6th Avenue business district,” Brown said.
The pastry offers a mix of classic cake flavors like carrot and chocolate, as well as less traditional flavors like berry and lime, honey and sweet corn cake, and birthday cake flavor. The menu also includes homemade toppings such as passion fruit, lime curd, vanilla pastry cream, raspberry and various mixed jams. Each slice of cake has about six to seven layers of decadence, and each slice is baked daily, with an updated daily menu.
“All of our slices are finished with our signature (very lightly sweetened) cream cheese buttercream,” Brown said.
To support The Cat & Rabbitt Cake Shop, head to Tacoma and try a decadent slice of cake. Brown and Abbitt have a message for everyone: “We love working together and look forward to continuing to grow our business. We also really value creative freedom with our flavors and cake designs. Above all, we love our customers and the sense of community that our cake brings to the region.”
The Cat & Rabbitt pastry shop is open Thursday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — or while supplies last. You can find them here online Where instagram and Facebook.