Butler puts her heart into Abeeya’s Bakery

Arielle Butler, Donna Butler and Dana Tucker of Abeeya’s Bakery.

When you talk with Donna M. Butler, you get a real sense that she is a woman who is doing exactly what she wants to do with her life.

That includes making a whole assortment of fresh tasty treats at Abeeya’s Bakery, located at 5632 Commerce Street in St. Francisville.

She started out buying a bakery in Zachary, but “it didn’t work out,” she says.           She was invited by her friend, Arlin Dease, owner of Hemingbough Antiques, to open another bakery in a little area off the side of the building, which sits across from the post office and between Sage Hill and Blackard’s Automotive.

She took him up on the offer and opened Abeeya’s Bakery, which is the name her grandchildren call her.

“My husband knows how much I love my grandchildren and he suggested the name,” says Butler, who moved to Louisiana from Seattle after meeting her husband.

Abeeya’s is a quaint little bakery, with seating at the “sweets bar” and at a few tables. And there are cases displaying some delectable goodies that Butler, her daughter Arielle and decorator Dana Tucker have made and hand-decorated.

“St. Francisville has proven itself above and beyond anything I could have imagined,” says Butler. “This was exactly what we needed.”

Abeeya’s Bakery offers all types of baked goods, freshly made, like cupcakes, muffins, banana nut bread, petit fours, pralines, birthday cakes, red velvet cakes and fresh French bread loaves, white or wheat. They’ve recently started serving freshly-made donuts

Also popular are the beignets, devil fingers (chocolate cake) and mini-cinis (tiny cinnamon rolls).  Friday’s are popular because she serves “chicken and waffles” beginning at 9 a.m. and Wednesdays are dedicated to breads of all types.

The Abeeya’s Hearts are a signature heart-shaped cookie with red icing that are a bargain for $1.

“I made those for an event for Lane Regional Medical Center where they wanted to show their appreciation to their employees,” Butler says. “We made 1,000 hearts, literally around the clock.”

They’ve remained a popular seller. She has started shipping them to troops in Iraq, 13 to a box. She’s also shipped them to New York, Alaska and Canada.

“Spread the love, give a heart,” she says.

She also ships other items, such as king cakes and her “Lousiana” cakes, which are shaped like a boot and look something like a tree stump with a magnolia blossom. They’re made with chocolate cake with praline filling, iced in lighter chocolate cream with dark chocolate accents.

Abeeya’s offers free coffee, green tea, apple cider or hot chocolate with the purchase of some treats.

“I like to give my guests something back,” she says. “I’ll always have complimentary drinks, its gratitude for their support.”

Abeeya’s hosts birthday parties for adults and kids, where they can decorate their own cakes or cupcakes. She also has “beignets and pajamas” parties and can host other types of events.

Abeeya’s is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed on Sundays. She can specially make just about any cake for any occasion. For information or to order, call (225) 635-5770.