Chef Cindy Hawkins grew up in a baking family, baking alongside her grandmother, mother and sisters. Sugar cookies were a favorite. In 2006, she launched Circle City Sweets participating in farmer’s markets as well as taking on her first Pastry Chef position. In 2008, she moved to Chicago to attend the prestigious French Pastry School. After graduating at the top of her class, she returned to Indianapolis to expand Circle City Sweets. In 2010 she opened her first retail location at the Indianapolis City Market and continues to participate in many local farmer's markets, provided wholesale pastries to locations such as Nordstrom, Circle City Soups, Mills Catering, Foundry Provisions, Calvin Fletcher’s, Wildowood Market and many other local coffee shop and has a strong catering and wedding business. Circle City Sweets is Indianapolis’ go-to spot for the best croissants and macarons in the city.
Circle City Sweets specializes in artisan, made from scratch pastries, breads, candies and jams using locally grown ingredients whenever possible. In addition to their retail and wholesale business and the busy production schedule at the shop, Chef Cindy Hawkins and her staff also teach many classes, with our French Macaron class being the most popular.
Circle City Sweets has been covered by Midwest Living Magazine, Inside Indiana Business and People Style magazines. Chef Hawkins competed at the World Food Championships in the Dessert category in 2015, 2018, where she placed 6th, and again in 2019.
Hawkins is also a graduate of Butler University (class of ’91, BS Elementary Education, gifted and talented endorsement) the University of North Texas (class of ’94, MS Leisure Services Management, business minor) and the French Pastry School’s Art de la Patisserie.