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After a career of unfulfilling jobs and unpleasant bosses, Megan Schroeder is in business for herself at Hopscotch Cakery, a new Burlington bakery that is drawing big crowds.




Hopscotch Cakery in Burlington front window

With downtown Burlington reflected in the window, Hopscotch Cakery at 133 E. Chestnut St. has been such a first-year success that the bakery already is expanding.




BURLINGTON — This is not your grandmother’s bakery.

At Hopscotch Cakery in Downtown Burlington, the sweet treats come with a little extra edge and attitude.

Since opening its doors in February, the bake shop at 133 E. Chestnut St. has been surprising and delighting customers with creations that are, to say the least, unusual.

Specializing in cupcakes, owner Megan Schroeder and her crew roll out new flavors every week — some sounding like they were invented in a laboratory.

“We really explore all kinds of weird things,” Schroeder said. “That’s what makes us unique.”

The mouth-watering creations have included such combinations as almond cake with vanilla buttercream; brandy-flavored cake with plum jam; coconut cake with pomegranate buttercream; and chocolate cake with crushed chestnuts.

Megan Schroeder owner of Hopscotch Cakery in Burlington

Owner Megan Schroeder works in the kitchen of Hopscotch Cakery, which she opened in February in a former candy store at 133 E. Chestnut St. in Burlington.




Hopscotch customers also have experienced pistachio pudding cake, champagne cake, and a cake made with chai tea.

When they want to push the envelope further, Schroeder and her team borrow favorites like Cheetos cheese snacks, Heath candy bars and Lucky Charms breakfast cereal. Or they throw in such surprises as bacon, graham crackers, potato chips and pepperoni.

The shop makes cookies, too, as well as special-order custom cakes for birthdays or other occasions.

Customers are packing into the Burlington sweet shop, at times waiting in line to try new cupcakes with such head-scratching names as “Yumstick,” “Funky Tail,” “Reindeer Snack” and “The Raven.”

“It’s super fun,” customer Sarah Guard said.

Another customer, Stephanie Daniels, said she appreciates finding a young entrepreneur with a talent for creating something delicious. As a Hopscotch regular, Daniels said: “I’ve never had a cupcake here I didn’t like.”

For Schroeder, 38, the bakery comes as a new career adventure, following some earlier endeavors that, for her, seemed to fall a little flat.

Dusti Grenus customer at Hopscotch Cakery in Burlington

Customer Dusti Grenus of the Town of Bloomfield picks up a custom birthday cake and other goodies at Hopscotch Cakery, which has found a strong following since opening in February in Burlington.




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The Town of Burlington resident graduated from Burlington High School in 2000, then picked up a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She worked in a few different jobs before getting involved in designing video games.

The video game industry took her to Las Vegas, but she later decided to return to Wisconsin and look for a chance to become her own boss.

She began tinkering with baking in the kitchen. Soon, a cake-decorating class showed her how to exercise her artistic skills. That was followed by stints at a few bakeries, before she decided to open her own place.

Josie Palmer employee at Hopscotch Cakery in Burlington

Hopscotch Cakery Employee Josie Palmer carries a tray of cupcakes. At this new Burlington establishment, customers find sweet treats made with such unconventional ingredients as bacon and pepperoni.


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When she heard that a candy store was shutting down at 133 E. Chestnut St., Schroeder signed a lease and converted the space into Hopscotch Cakery, borrowing the “hopscotch” name from an old peanut butter cookie recipe. The business opened its doors on Feb. 14 — Valentine’s Day.

Schroeder later hired Josie Palmer, a former teacher, who now works in the kitchen alongside the Hopscotch founder.

Palmer said she and Schroeder work together well, and they enjoy dreaming up experimental cupcake ideas.

“I love it,” Palmer said. “It’s fun, and I get to be creative — and eat cupcakes.”



Cupcakes at Hopscotch Cakery in Burlington

Cupcakes are displayed at Hopscotch Cakery in Burlington, a new bakery that specializes in exotic-flavored cupcakes and other sweet delicacies. 




Expansion already

The business has grown so quickly that Hopscotch Cakery already is expanding.

Schroeder has leased an adjoining storefront that is being vacated by a photography studio. She plans to transform the new space into a kitchen, and to reorganize the original location to offer customers both a larger inventory and some new ideas, such as donuts, muffins and coffee.

The expanded Hopscotch Cakery should be ready by spring.

Schroeder said she knew Burlington needed a bakery, but she had no idea her place would catch on so quickly. She approaches the idea of expansion with a mix of excitement and trepidation.

“It definitely feels overwhelming,” she said. “It’s kind of crazy.”

Stephanie Daniels and daughter Kadie Daniels in Hopscotch Cakery in Burlington

Stephanie Daniels, left, and her daughter, Kadie Daniels, both of Twin Lakes, look over the display cases filled with baked goods at Hopscotch Cakery in Burlington.