Betsy (Halfmann) Lehnert opened Halfmann's Cake Cottage in 1982 in the small "blue" building on West Harris Street in San Angelo, TX. Elvira Halfmann (mother of seven children) was the inspiration behind the cakes created in this bakery. Elvira had learned how to make icing roses and flowers in the 50's and began making beautiful cakes for her large family and friends. Soon her skill and creativity was well known throughout the San Angelo area.
When Halfmann's Cake Cottage first opened, we specialized in birthday and wedding cakes only. Because of a need in the community for other baked products, we started baking a few cookies and pies. As our reputation for quality cakes and bakery products grew, we added more items to the product list.
We soon began to deliver our cakes, cookies, and pies in the San Angelo area. We noticed that the a "Halfmann's box of goodies" always elicited a beautiful smile from the recipient --thus, our motto was born: "We Bake the Sweetest Smiles."
In 1998, we moved across the street into the Village Shopping Center. This move provided the space needed for our continued growth.
By July of 2015, after more than 30 years, Betsy was ready to retire and she sold the bakery and all of the recipes to Chef Earl Mulley. Earl Mulley and his business partner, Kara Landon, plan to carry on the Halfmann's reputation of delicious cakes, pastries and cookies in San Angelo. Using the same recipes and adding a few new things here and there, they will continue to make Halfmann's a San Angelo tradition.
Halfmann's Cake Cottage continues to offer personal service with a smile, quality baked products, and custom-designed cakes for all occasions.